Just because you have set yourself some huge financial goals for the future doesn’t mean that you cant enjoy life now. None of us knows what the future holds so it would be a mistake to put off living until a way off date. But it doesn’t need to cost a lot to enjoy your life now. There are plenty of ways to live a great life on a budget.
Enjoy The Little Things
Take joy in the little things that life has to offer. Things like going for a picnic in the park or on the beach (if you’re lucky enough to live near one) can make a lovely afternoon out. Start to see the wonder in what we can do for free or cheap and you will be much more satisfied with life.
Set a Budget
When you create a budget you will know exactly what you have to work with. Budget some money for enjoying so that you can go ahead and do those things without feeling guilty. You don’t need to create anything fancy like a spreadsheet (though that’s a good idea too!) you can just write your budget with good old fashioned paper and pen. You just need to know what you have coming in so you can assign each of your pounds its own job to do.
Find Free Stuff
There’s lots of free stuff on offer for you to enjoy. You can read free books and magazines from your local library on apps such as Overdrive and Libby. You can sign up for a free trial for entertainment packages such as NOWTV and Netflix. And don’t forget to go through cashback sites like Quidco and Topcashback before you purchase anything online as that is essentially free cash and it all adds up.
There are plenty of offers out there if you are willing to look for them. You can save money on the cinema and meals out with the Meerkat Movies offer through Comparethemarket.com. This is a great offer that gives you 2 for 1 on cinema and various offers such as 50% off food or 2 for 1 on certain restaurant meals. You could also look for coupon codes for things that you want to buy. The app Shopmium offers discounts and even free items when you upload a receipt.