This came across my Twitterstream recently and I thought it worthy of sharing. Meghan Rabbit gives a boatload of ways you can trim your budget without sacrifcing essentials in your lifestyle such as organic foods, workouts, or massages. (Meghan is a senior editor at Natural Solutions magazine.)
Some of my favorites include:
– Barter for goods. Meghan trades writing a monthly newsletter for unlimited yoga classes at her local studio.
– Stop buying bottled water. I fully agree. I live for my Nikken water filter and use it fill PBA-free water bottles. I just found some great new, shatterproof pba-free water bottles at King’s Soopers for 15% off. I got one for each family member for only $3-5 each.
– Make your coffee at home. I don’t know about you, but I gave up my $4/day Starbucks habbit years ago, early into the budget crisis. Either I bring my own coffee (organic, free trade, of course!) in my travel mug, or I get a small cup of decaf (less than $2) and savor it. Sigh. We must all make sacrifices in these times.