It’s a sad fact that pretty much all of the fine things in life cost money – and a lot of it too. With prices all for all of these wonderful things rising each year, it’s understandable why people might avoid forking out for those expenses and simply going without. However, you only get to live your life once, so why should you miss out on some of the greatest experiences of your life? Luckily, there are now ways to save on the finer things, so if you’re looking to live your life to the full and not break the bank, check out how you can save money on some of the more expensive things in life.
Having a child
Bringing another life into this world is one of the greatest things a person can experience. The immediate love that you have for your child is the most intense feeling, and it cannot truly be described until you experience it for yourself. However, children do not come cheap. There are so many essentials that you need to buy – and that’s before baby is even born! Check out how you could save some money on the cost of starting your own family:
- Buy second hand clothes or use hand-me-downs from family members. It’s understandable that you want to buy new, but your baby will grow much faster than you think, and then you’re left with a ton of clothing that cost you a lot of money not being used. Consider using the second hand option so that you can save the money for more important essentials.
- Unfortunately, things like car seats and prams must be bought new because of the danger of your child not being safe. These items do not come cheap but you can now gain finance to buy items like these from companies like Mothercare. While this isn’t necessarily saving you money, it’s definitely a much more affordable option than paying outright.
- You will be provided with coupons when you’re pregnant and after your baby is born – use them! They will make a massive difference to your shopping bills!
- Decline private rooms in hospitals. When you’re giving birth it will be in a separate room, and they never like to keep you in any longer than needed anyway! Also, avoid using the TV in your hospital room so that you’re not landed with a huge bill.
- Consider breast feeding to avoid the cost of formula. However, don’t feel like this is a necessity. Fed is always best.
- Buy in bulk on essentials like nappies. It might be a pain lugging it home but it could save you hundreds every year.
- Make your own baby food. It’s really simple to blend up meals that you’ve created, and they’re more nutritious too!
Getting married is another perfect example of one of the greater things in life. However, you can expect to spend quite a few thousands on your wedding. Here’s some tips on how to save money so you can still become husband and wife:
- Buy your invitations in bulk rather than in small portions. Paper themes offer a range of different designs and won’t charge you the earth for their classy designs.
- Consider a registry office ceremony to cut out a large cost from your wedding. You can still have those closest to you attend your ceremony!
- Get married out of season. Summer and spring time is the most expensive because that’s when the weather is likely to be nicer. You could literally save thousands.
- Don’t rush from your engagement to your wedding. Taking a few years to plan will save you having to fork out for loads in one go.
- Serve a buffet rather than a sit down dinner. To save even more money, have some close family members help you make the buffet!
- Avoid having an open bar – people will buy their own drinks if they want to have alcohol.
- Consider having fake flowers for your reception. They will cost so much less and you’ve got them to keep after your wedding too!
- Save money on a DJ or band by creating your own playlist and choosing a venue that’s got a good sound system on offer – another option that can save you thousands!
- Consider renting your dress rather than buying it. It will work out much cheaper.
Travelling the world
If there’s one thing that you need to do at least once in your lifetime, it’s spend a bit of time seeing different places around the world. However, we all know how expensive a vacation can be, and that’s only for a couple of weeks at a time! Take a look at these fab ways of travelling the world on a budget:
- Rather than renting out an apartment to stay in or any other accommodation, why not look for families that open up their home to travellers in return for a day or so’s work on their land? It’s a super cheap option, and also gives you the chance to truly experience some of their culture. Food is often included too!
- Find alternative methods of travel to an aeroplane. Flights can be very expensive, and travelling by car or bus can extend your travelling time – meaning more time exploring the world!
- Look for free things to do in the places that you’re visiting. Often you will find museums and nature walks that don’t cost anything, yet still provide you with an amazing time away from home.
- Set up a travel fund. This could be a small amount that you put away each month, or even save the change that you find on the floor when you’re out and about. It all adds up!
- Start a travelling blog and take up opportunities to do paid work while you’re travelling. Also it’s a great way of documenting everywhere you’ve been!
As you can see, the finer things in life are totally possible if you’re clever about your spending and saving methods! Live your life to the full without having to break the bank!