6 Ways To Save Money and Live Better

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It is said that money cannot buy happiness, but it surely helps support the lifestyle that makes you happy. It is not necessarily about avoiding buying baubles or gold but instead being economical with commodities such as your time and your health. Everyone wants to strive for a better life, and in a capitalist society where the consumer is king, it can be hard to save money in the short term to live better in the long term. 

Fear not, for even with today’s high-interest rates, inflation and job uncertainty, there are still creative ways to save money.

How To Save Money and Live Better

It may seem like there isn’t much to spare for storing away but there are a few clever ways to save money. It is time to avoid impulse buying, make healthier choices, start saving and live a little better each day. 

1. Money-Saving Challenges 

Life bettering benefit: The money you save could be used for a down payment on a big purchase like an appliance or car.

Make Your Money Work for You

There are many money-saving challenges that not only help you save but also are fun to participate in. Saving money is a side benefit of challenging yourself or possibly friends or family members to work towards a goal. 

These games or challenges can also be a great way to show children the value of saving and some fun ways to do it. Here are some examples of challenges you should try on your own or with your family:

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2. Lighten Up on Expensive Habits

Life bettering benefit: You can become wealthier and healthier.

Sometimes it is mentally easier to think of doing something less than quitting it altogether. Think of some of your everyday habits that might be both unhealthy and expensive. Cutting back on the following things now can lead to a healthier and wealthier you in the long run:

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3. Streamline Your Budget

Life bettering benefit: Allows you to save for a special occasion like a vacation or wedding.

Once you actively start noticing where you are spending it helps you to edit how you are spending. Here are two great ways to help streamline your budget:

4. Avoid Impulse Buying 

Life bettering benefit: Gives you a cushion for the unexpected like emergencies or unemployment.

A clever way to avoid impulse buying is to remove temptation by unfollowing brands you often purchase from or unsubscribing to emails from companies where you spend a lot of money. This is good for both your financial and mental health as when things are out of sight, out of mind, you may realize how many things you don’t miss buying.

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5. Automate Your Savings 

Life bettering benefit: The amount of money you save now can determine when and how you retire.

Whether it’s a company-provided 401K, IRA or just an emergency fund savings account, it is important to invest in your retirement. Putting money into something you can’t immediately touch also has its benefits. Automating your savings now will greatly improve your quality of life later as how much money you save will determine both how and when you retire.

6. Lean Into Being Cheap

Life bettering benefit: The little corners you cut consistently can lead to big dreams coming true such as home ownership.

Being cheap used to be an insult, but now you can laugh all the way to the bank. Cheapness can almost become competitive for those who can get the better deal. A few great ways to start to cheap out include the following:

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Final Take: Save Money, Live Better

There are many ways saving money and living better go hand in hand. By just tweaking a few choices here and there you can greatly improve your mental health and your bank account. Even small steps can go in the right direction.


Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about saving money.
  • What company says "Save Money Live Better?"
    • The company credited for coining the slogan "Save Money Live Better" is Walmart. "Save Money, Live Better and the Full Potential of Walmart" is on the company's website.
  • What is the 30-day rule?
    • The 30-day rule is a no-spend challenge where you stop spending on anything non-essential for 30 days. This cuts back on impulse buying or purchasing something you don't need. At the end of 30 days if you still want something you didn't get, you can, but at least now you have thought about it.
  • How can you save money and still live your life?
    • If you don't want to feel the full impacts of a strict budget to help you save money, you can try a few other methods. Consider a money-saving challenge, like the 100 envelope challenge, where saving money is more like a game. Lightening up on your expensive habits can also lead to decent savings and lastly, try to avoid impulse shopping. When you want to buy something, think it over for a few days and consider its true worth.