It’s happened. I’m finally at that crazy stage of your twenties where everyone and their dog is either a) getting married, b) having babies, or c) buying houses. And, as wonderful as it is to think of what’s coming up in life, it’s just a little bit overwhelming. Just there in January, I was filling in my diary for the year and realised just how many weddings, holidays and hen dos I was splashing out on in 2018. This is all at the same time as attempting to save for a deposit on a house in the next year or two. Cue a serious case of budget planning…!
Read on to find out how I’m tightening my belt through my favourite money saving tips.
Bringing Packed Lunches
Groan. When you think of a packed lunch, doesn’t it just make you think of your mum packing a wee school lunch for you in your finest pink Barbie lunchbox? Yep. I’ve often dabbled in bringing lunches to work, but it comes in phases. From lovingly arranging a ridiculously complex Kilner jar shaker salad during my first grad job, to a limp-looking sandwich last year, it’s always been a game of extremes. But, no longer. I’m now going for tasty homemade soups in a handy microwaveable soup container and leftover dinners from the night before. As easy and tasty as possible so I stick to it!
Keeping An Eye Out On Deal Websites
Every morning I receive a little round-up email of the latest deals on offer around Edinburgh (and Scotland) through Itison. It’s been an absolute Godsend for finding birthday presents and trying out new restaurants and days out for a much cheaper deal. The older I get, the more I prefer to spend hard-earned cash on experiences, so this website is perfect.
As much as I would love to be living on my own (I mean with Graeme, I suppose, if he’s lucky), we’ve been saving a lot of money by renting with our housemate Dave. We all get on really well, but I have moments where I crave having my own space to decorate how I’d like. However, I always try and focus on why we’re doing it; with the goal of buying our own place. The Dream!
Rediscovering The Art Of Staying In
I am, by nature, someone who loves going out for dinner and drinks and sampling new restaurants. But that’s not always sustainable when you’re in your late twenties and saving up for all that life stuff. So, Netflix is my new best friend. As are bubble baths, face masks, podcasts, magazines, cooking, Pinterest, Animal Crossing, candles, blankets, and, er, going on mad cleaning and decluttering sessions.
Shopping My Wardrobe
My colleagues love to reference my ongoing love affair for a trip down to New Look on my lunch break, and it’s a guilty pleasure I’m trying to grow out of! I’m in a bit of a rare position of having all the clothes I need right now (usually I am down to one pair of fading black jeans), so I’m making the most of just trying to create new outfit combinations and do my hair and makeup in new ways so I don’t get bored. For a money saving boost, I’ve also been selling old clothes on Depop too.
Fingers crossed it lasts!