When it comes to our personal finances, we’re understandably deeply invested. After all, money makes the world go ‘round, and we don’t want to get left behind. However, it often seems like the world has been designed from the ground up to separate you from your hard earned cash, and, let’s be honest, it kind of was. You have endless corporate entities all vying for your attention and, in the end, your wallet, so it can be a struggle to live the life you want or deserve, or even just to get by. However, it’s not as hard as it seems, certainly not impossible, to save money by making some simple changes in your life. Here are some suggestions to give you more agency with your money.
First and foremost, let’s talk about grocery store savings, as this will take up a lot of your money. Corporate interests have set an interesting trap in the aisles of your local grocery store. Have you ever noticed how easy it is to see the biggest brands’ products on store shelves? Well, that’s because they get exclusive rights to eye level shelves. Therefore, simply by look to lower shelves, you can save a ton with off brand products. And, while there is a stigma associated with off brand items, that’s pure propaganda, because they’re often just as good as the name brand kind. Another way to save in the grocery store actually starts in the kitchen. To save time in the kitchen, many of us are guilty of spending more for the convenience of things like frozen pizzas. Essentially you’re paying, and over paying at that, for the work of cooking your meal, preparing it, or both, so you could save a ton by simply cooking your own meals with fresh ingredients, and it’s much better for you.
Some might say that to save money, you should give up non essential items and services, but I’m here to say that that is not a healthy way to live, especially under capitalism, which throws a ton of extra and unnecessary stress your way. Instead, preserve your morale and sanity by simply saving on the things you love. For instance, let’s say you’re trying to learn a skill, such as learning another language. You shouldn’t give up this pursuit because you can’t afford college. Instead, go the more affordable route of using a program like Rosetta Stone. This has the added benefit of moving at your pace, instead of fitting your professor’s schedule.