Many people think that sticking to a tight budget and saving money requires a certain level of sacrifice. While it can involve giving some activities and habits up, it also opens up doors to new ways of living and can actually be fun. Here are four fun ways to add some flexibility to your budget.
Swap the Car for a Motorcycle
That motorcycle you’ve always wanted to buy but couldn’t justify? Here’s your justification: motorcycles are much cheaper to own and operate than cars. Unless you buy an $80,000 motorcycle, you can expect to spend considerably less on insurance than you would on a beat-up Honda Civic. On average, insurance is at least half less expensive.
Motorcycles will also save you money on fuel, cost less upfront, and generally have a high resale value. Pick up some BMW motorcycle pants, a sturdy helmet, and some gloves, and you’ll be all set to hit the road on a cool new bike and save money doing it.
Take a Cooking Class
One of the best ways to make your hobbies cheaper is to make sure you get a great ROI (return on investment). Instead of collecting items that won’t make you much money down the line, pick a hobby that will save you money.
Taking cooking classes so that you can cook incredible, restaurant-quality meals at home will save you big dollars on eating out. Not only is cooking at home better for your wallet, but it’s better for your health, too.
Whether you enjoy those classic comfort foods or like trying dishes from a wide range of cultures, there’s a cooking class for you. You’ll save money down the line as well as get to enjoy some fun evenings out with friends or that special someone.
Get Into DIY Home Design
It’s natural to want to make improvements to your home. With many people spending more time at home than before, making your space into a place you enjoy being is essential. However, home renovations, furniture, and decor shopping can set you back tens of thousands of dollars.
With YouTube right at your fingertips, it’s easier than ever before to learn how to do things yourself. While some tasks are best left to the professionals, you’ll be surprised by how much you actually can do on your own.
With a bit of DIY, you can transform used furniture into pieces that look brand new. Wall art you’ve designed yourself has a sentimental touch, and painted cabinets can easily brighten up the kitchen. In addition to saving money, this time spent working on your home will give you and the other members of your household time to bond.
Produce Your Own Food
You’ve heard it repeatedly said: prioritize sustainability in your life by buying local produce and organic produce. No one would dispute the value of this proposition. Still, local and organic food sold in supermarkets is expensive and not something everyone can afford.
You can produce your own food right in your own backyard – or even on your balcony – for next to nothing. If you live somewhere with a short growing season, pop-up greenhouse tents are a great solution to producing delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables right on your doorstep.