There are many reasons why a person or family might be living the frugal life in the Bangor, Maine area, from being without work to earning little money at an existing job.
Perhaps the reason is not because of a lack of enough money, but the desire to hold onto the money that you do have. After all, how long will you be able to keep your money if the economy gets worse, or if there is a loss of job or an illness or injury in the family? It is essential to learn to live on as little money as is possible.
Living frugally is not always easy. Sacrifices are made. Tough decisions are inevitable. Simple ways to get started living the frugal life include:
- Downgrading to a smaller home — doing so will be more affordable.
- Selling what possessions you do not need to earn enough money to start a savings account for emergencies.
- Trading a vehicle in for one that uses less gas, or having a second vehicle that is cheaper to run for when the whole family is not along for the ride.
- Learning how to find great deals at Goodwill on Stillwater Avenue and Hands of Hope on the Hogan Road in Bangor. Look at what the Salvation Army has to offer as well.
- Learning how to shop yard sales productively.
- Cutting back on eating out, and cooking at least three meals a week from scratch.
- Starting a garden so that you will have fresh produce at a fraction of the cost.
- Learning to grow foods inside during the winter.
- If gardening will not work for you, try growing your own herbs on a windowsill. This alone will save much money.
- Do you really watch all the channels you have? Consider getting a different package, or looking into how much Netflix will cost a month. Choose the most affordable plan for your needs.
There is no need to change everything about how you live at once, unless your situation is dire. Baby steps are fine. Do not let yourself feel deprived because you may not have what your neighbor has. It is more important to hold onto money than it is to keep up with the Jones’ at this point. You and your family will adjust.