Stop following other people’s advice to save money! Do what works for you!
I spend way too much time on Pinterest. It’s a huge time suck for me.
Instead of my Pinterest feed being full of DIY and recipes, mine is usually full of money saving tips. Pinterest knows what I like. I’m a sucker for a good money saving tip!
Just last night I was looking through my Pinterest feed and I saw a picture from a blog post about saving
money on groceries. I knew I needed to read it because I’m struggling to get our grocery bill below $150. I hope the new Aldi will be the solution to my problem. I’m slowly cutting out convenience foods such as precut veggies and baby food, but my grocery bill is still larger than I’d like it to be.
I was getting pumped about saving money on groceries until I read the way the author kept her groceries under $100 a week. Here are her suggestions:
- grew your own veggies
- buy meat in bulk, such as buying half a cow or pig
- baked your own bread
- buy staples in ultra bulk, such as 100 pounds of flour at a time
I couldn’t help but be annoyed as I finished reading. I was annoyed because these are great tips, but ones I don’t currently want to follow.
Here’s the deal: I do want to be the type of person who grows veggies and bakes bread. I really do. But right now I have two kids under the age of three. Most of my days are spent holding another human being. If I’m not holding one of them, I’m feeding one or dealing with poop. So. Much. Poop. There is no way I’d have the patience to garden, bake and take care of kiddos. No way.
Side note: I am actually going to plant an herb garden this afternoon. Maybe I will get into this gardening thing after all.
I may not be the best at budgeting my groceries, but we still save money. That’s when it hit me. I don’t have to follow all the advice for saving money. I only have to do what works for me.
There is no fail proof formula for saving money other than actually following through. Different things work for different people. That’s life, right?[bctt tweet=”Different things work for different people”]
In order to really save money and become financially fit, we have to find our own motivation and work from there. After we find our motivation, we need to figure out how to make it work. This is like trying to lose weight: you can either eat less or exercise more. When it comes to saving money, you can either spend less or make more.[bctt tweet=”When it comes to saving money, you can either spend less or make more”]
As much as I’d like to shave some pennies off my grocery budget, I think my time is better spent making money. I don’t think I’ll ever be a professional blogger, but the money I’m making from this side job is fulfilling and makes me feel a little less guilty about going over budget on groceries.
Here’s the takeaway: don’t follow someone else’s plan for saving money. Make your own plan. Do your research to see what other people are doing, but when it comes to making your own plan, do what makes you happy. Don’t cut out cable if you love it. Don’t coupon if you hate it. Find what works for you. Love to cook? Stop eating out. Love to garden? Consider planting some edibles.
There are a million different ways to become financially fit. The first step is to find your motivation and make an official goal.
Have you set your goal yet?
Like this post? You’ll love my steps for thinking like a saver.