Y’all, I’ve always known that I have champagne taste on a beer budget 🤪 But when Jordan and I moved into our house, it hit me REAL hard. Life is exPENsive y’all! 😳I’ve had some time to iron out these money-saving tips for ya, mama.
So don’t worry – it’s Thrifty Dani to the rescue 🕵️♀️ I’ve learned a thing or two since home-owning, but tbh these could apply for anyone!
Money-Saving Tips for the Girl With the Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget
- Resell your unused stuff. Jordan and I clean out our home pretty regularly and sell clothes, furniture, etc either via Instagram, at a blogger sale, or you can use Poshmark, Facebook Marketplace or something similar.
- Know what you want to invest in. Watch a lot of TV? Spring for the 70 inch. But if you usually just watch Netflix on your laptop, don’t buy an expensive tv just for the sake of having one. It can be really easy to get caught in the comparison trap and buy things you don’t really NEED or even WANT just to try to impress others – don’t give in!
- Buy repurposed or discount when you can. A few of my faves:
- AptDeco is a super cool site that lets you buy used furniture more securely than Craigslist. It’s super convenient (and cute!) – check it out!
- Marshalls and Homegoods are where I usually score fun decor and sometimes even furniture for cheap.
- Thriftbooks is basically an online thrift store for thousands of books! You can get so many books for so LITTLE moola and it’s always free shipping over $10! Besides just reading, I like to decorate with cute coffee table books, so I’m always seeing what they have in stock.
- Cook your own mealsss. I almost didn’t even put this because it’s so obvious, BUT I think it’s one of those things that we know we should do better, but just don’t – like drinking enough water or meal prepping (if you are doing all of these things, U HAVE MY RESPECT lol). Fast food prices can be deceiving – they add up, y’all!
- Buy in bulk! For lots of home and food items, I hit up Sam’s Club or Costco to stock up on essentials like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and some food, too. It’ll be a heftier bill initially but if you know you’ll need to repurchase it, it’ll be cheaper in the long run.
- Wait 48 hours before buying it. I read this a while back and it is an exercise in discipline, y’all lol! Before I make a bigger purchase, I make myself wait at least a couple of days. If I still really want it after that, I’ll probably get it. At that point, I’ll know it’s a better purchase because I’ve thought it through and haven’t just let the shopping high affect my judgment 🤪
What has helped you save that cold hard cash?! I am still learning and would love to read your tips!