There are a lot of things that we buy without a second thought that really keep us from saving money. So if we sit down and examine our purchases, there are going to be many things that we can easily avoid buying – or look for cheaper alternatives.

So, let us look at seven things you should definitely stop buying – so that you can start saving.

Bottled water

 

Bottled water is bad for the environment, and what feels like a convenient buy is actually adding to your expenses. You can easily buy a reusable water bottle and refill it throughout the day. There are many options available, from glass to metal ones too.

Latest books or magazines

 

Patience is key when it comes to this – whenever your favorite author releases a new book, refrain from ordering a hardcopy version on the first day. You can easily find a much cheaper version online or at thrift stores. Moreover, if you have services like Kindle or Google Play Books, you can save trees and find great offers.

On-sale items

 

Many times, even if we could have saved loads on a sale – we don’t end up doing that. Why? We get so tempted by all the other things that are on sale too that we lose sight of what we really came to the store for. It is important to know if you are buying something because you need it – or simply because it is on sale. When it is the former, just buy it when needed at the best available price.

Women’s razors and shaving gels

 

There are many everyday things that will cost you way more in the women’s section than in the men’s section. Women’s razors and shaving gels are just the tips of the iceberg. If you take a look at men’s razors, you will find that they are not only cheaper – they work just as well. Because at the end of the day, razors are razors. When it comes to shaving gels, you can use your hair conditioner as an alternative too.

So, it is time you started comparing products like these in both sections.

Manicures

 

If you are someone who does a lot of work around the house or whose job also includes “hands-on” work, chances are manicures don’t last very long for you. In such a situation, you can get yourself a manicure set and tend to your nails right at home. Compare the cost of a good quality manicure set with your yearly expenditure on manicures and you will see how much money is waiting to be saved! Once you get the hang of it, you will only get better at giving yourself a manicure.

Gym memberships

 

Scores of people get gym memberships in the first month of the year – as part of their new year’s resolutions. But only a fraction of them is able to actually utilize it fully. So even if you are not going to the gym, you are still having to pay for it each month. There are many alternatives to gymming too. For example, you can look up online classes and exercise in the comfort of your home. Canceling your gym membership may be a task in of itself, but going through with it will help you save a substantial amount of money on a monthly basis.

Prepackaged food and takeout

 

Admittedly, it is very tempting to order in on a Friday night or load your shopping cart with precut vegetables and bagged salads. But these items are not good for you – economically or health-wise, either. You can actually make healthier and cheaper meals at home. It will help you avoid heading to the grocery store and coming home with snacks and food items that are not exactly nutritious. Once you already know what you want to eat, you can make use of the groceries you have at home and cook something for yourself. You will have control over the ingredients and you will be contributing less to the plastic waste too.

 

 

 Some Final Words

These tips let you save more money than ever, open up opportunities to be friendlier to the environment, and add healthier options to your diet. But of course, you do not have to incorporate all of these tips all at once. Begin with the ones that you find easy, and work your way onwards from there!