#2 Cook more. Another clever way to save money is to cook instead of eating out. Even the cheapest of restaurants mark up their cost prices by over 300%. Does it make sense to pay that much to eat something that can be easily prepared at home?
Also remember to stay away from fast food because as cheap and quick as they are, you will have to pay the price not too far down the road through your doctor’s bills. Eat healthy by cooking at home. If you are constantly pressed for time, google “30-minute meals”, “healthy pasta dishes” or “one dish dinners” for some simple yet healthy ideas.
You can also opt to cook several different dishes over the weekend then freeze and store them to be consumed throughout the week.
#3 Go generic. Another way to save money as a couple is to go generic. Most of the time, there is not much of a difference in quality when it comes to branded items and generic products. This is especially true for non-perishables like paper towels, dish sponges, light bulbs, liquid hand soap, oven cleaner, and other everyday household items.
Save on your grocery bill by going generic instead of splurging on brands. Nowadays, even generic brands offer green products so you need not worry about hurting the environment just because you want to save money.
#4 Go green. Literally go green. Save money on decorative items like expensive scented candles, ornaments and other pricey knick-knacks. Buy plants instead. There are plenty of indoor plants that will serve as gorgeous decorative pieces. Many of these plants reproduce easily so all you need to do is nip and repot them as and when you want.
Some examples are the money plant and English ivy. Head to discount stores to buy affordable pots and vases. You will literally be breathing fresh air into your home with these natural beauties.
#5 Entertain at home. Maintaining a social life is tough to do on a budget. Factor in gas, parking, dinner and drinks and you are bound to be out hundreds of dollars by the end of the night. Save money by entertaining at home. Host a get together with friends and request for each person or couple to bring a dish and a bottle of wine. Organize theme nights like Margarita Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays and so on.