I have been thinking of summarizing the ways of being frugal and get rich slowly for a long time and the time has came. This is the post that I will be updating periodically if I can think of more later.
1. Always separate needs and wants (Needs VS Wants)
and once determined what your needs are, then wait for sales. Try together with your wife or significant others. Once you master it then you will see your spending dropping by 20-40%. Those saved money will work harder to make more money for you. Spend less than you earn!
2. I don’t buy coffee outside
unless I have to. Drink coffee at work or bring it from home. $3- $10 a day can make you a millionaire in the future. The same goes to your snacks. Stop going to the vending machines. You are helping others get rich by paying for their 200%-500% markup.
3. I bring my lunch to work
except Friday as I am a human being and eating out on Friday make me feel like it is finally Friday. Again saving $10 a day will make a huge difference.
4. Do laundry with cold water
Your detergent will do a fine job without hot water.
5. I accelerate and brake smoothly
and maintain the same speed (the most efficient speed is around 50 -55 mile (80-90km) per hour) if I could. This smart habit would save you 15-35% of your monthly fuel cost. Think about $250 * 35%= $88 in your pocket.
6. I use great Cash back credit card.
I use MBNA cash back credit card and this easily double my cash back amount See the the following credit card section for more info. Best US credit card Best Canadian credit cards
7. Pay off your credit card
Are you one of people that pay 19.99% of interest because you don’t pay the credit card balance in full every month? What’s the point of getting 2% cash back when you pay 19.99% of interest for the balance? Cut back spending and get the hell out of credit card debt. Not only you but your family is in great risk!
8. I use indexed ETFs
to keep my MER very low. See the Index/Passive investing section for more info.
9. I don’t pay banking fees.
I keep minimum monthly amount in my chequing account. I use only my bank ATMs. I don’t use checks.
10. I don’t eat out often.
They are not very healthy and clean. I used to work in a 4 star hotel as a bakery assistant and trust me the food looked good outside and also tasty but the process of making it pretty was disgusting. Although I am not saying all the restaurants are like that but they are not as clean and healthy as what you cook at home.
11. Try cheaper but same quality brands.
You know that you are paying premiums for their advertising and marketing. I pick a bag of Kirkland dog food from Costco that is rated very high (No by-products) every month for 50% less cost than other pet store brands’.
12. Buy bulk when you can
If you have a big family and not going to Costco then think once again. Their produce quality is amazing because of their high turnover and they are priced very reasonably. Pick your daily foods like eggs, milks, yogurts, bread, meat as well as things that last long time- cereal, cookies, your snacks, soap, shampoo etc… I save at least $30-$80 every month by using Costco buying it bulk.
13. If you smoke, quit!
It is killing you everyday, costs you lots of money and you smell terrible. Other people are being kind to you by not telling you that you smell terrible but they really want you to be quiet in the elevator. Check out the following link which will make you a millionaire.
14. Use coupons and purchase sales items.
15. Extra money such as bonus, raise?
Use the money to pay off your mortgage or other debt and invest. Don’t even think about going spending spree. You will thank me later.
16. Utilize Insurance for rainy days.
Auto insurance, home insurance your health insurance etc.. are what you need and will save you a fortune when you extremely need them.
17. Shop around for insurance
and any discounts you can get such as certain university saving, professional saving etc.. Also pay higher deductible to lower the overall premium cost. Check car insurance tip for more saving info. Just 10 minutes would save you $50 per month.
18. Don’t be on debt.
Why are you making other people richer and making yourself a slave of your current job? If you cannot afford to pay at least down payment of 20-30% of the full price of the house then don’t buy house. You can’t afford it. Rather save and invest wisely until you can afford it.
19. Cut the cord.
I bought Philips antenna from amazon which gives me uncompressed 20 HD channels that I need for free. Monthly saving of $50-$100 that goes to your pocket. The same goes to your landline. If you don’t need it cut the service off. See how to save $1,000 annually from cable bill.
20. Buy quality products.
They last longer.
21. Car maintenance
Always take care of your car and don’t forget your regular oil change and other maintenance. FYI, I do all the self maintenance myself such as topping up and changing engine oil and filter, transmission fluid, brake fluid, engine coolant, cabin air filter, engine air filter, winter-summer tires etc… The manuals are excellent and there are so many youtube videos for self maintenance. I save about $300-$500 yearly by doing all those things myself and I enjoy doing it. It is a fun hobby.
22. Invest for long term and be frugal
Financial success does not come from making money but keeping it. Check the following section for more info. How to simply invest for dummies. Dividend is the king Index/passive investing and see how I have been doing.
23. Impulsive purchase?
When you are about to buy something expensive impulsively, imagine there is someone telling you you can chose only one between a) the expensive product b) cash that can buy the product. If you spend money on things, you will end up with the things and not the money.
24. Keeping up with Joneses?
Find friends with similar traits with true heart rather than friends that like to show off. No need to keep up with the Joneses because they are buried in debt, and are not happier than you are. Will Smith said “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like”
25. Track your net worth
Track your spending and net worth every month. (See my net worth in May 2016) You will find areas where you can cut back spending, save and invest for your family’s future. Knowing where you are and where you are headed is extremely important to become financially successful.
26. Big no no for mutual/hedge funds
Buy well diversified ETFs or blue chip companies you can explain to 8 years old instead. 2% management fee does not seem much but when your fund provides 4% return on average then your bank takes 50% of what you made. When in doubt, choose the investment with the lowest fees. Mutual funds suck
27. Invest in yourself and get paid what you are worth
Do you have distinctive skill sets that your employer cannot replace you easily? then you probably are worth a lot more than what you are currently paid. Ask for a raise confidently. Even if you don’t get the raise (hope you do) you will get respect from your employer.
28. Dress accordingly
Just as you try hard to dress appropriately for your age, you should spend appropriately for your income.
29. Travel and learn
30. Renting isn’t wasting your money
It still provides a roof over your head and makes you feel safe at night. Well planned renting helps you build your wealth over time on top of flexibility. Check Renting vs Buying for more tips.
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When I started this blog, our net worth was around 80K (excluding our car) and that only provided us less than $2,000 of annualized dividend income. However, now it provides predictable $7,000 of annualized dividend income per year and that number will always go up. Amazing huh?
Building your dividend portfolio isn’t very difficult. See the following links for excellent ways to save money and invest.
- Renting vs Buying
- 16 most important tips to save on car insurance by 40-60%
- Norbert’s Gambit- Save thousands of dollar from foreign exchange conversion fees
- What’s in my wallet
- Needs vs Wants
- 20 smart moving tips that will save you time and money
- How to save $1,000 annually from your TV cable bill
- 7 extremely easy tips to save 20-50% on flight tickets
Check out my portfolio page to see what stocks I own and the following article for more investment tips-How to Simply Invest and Get Richer for Dummies in 8 Easy Steps.
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Great tips. I never thought of saving $5-$10 would make much difference until I read the link. I know I got some homework to do. -JB
Yes. Steady and slowly is the best way to be a millionaire.
Thanks for the tips man.
Thanks for the tips; will be sure to follow them!
Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind words!
Great list of things to keep in mind. I try to follow some of them, but slip into back habits – esp on the eating out bit, which Im hoping to cut back on.
Thanks for sharing
I sometimes do as I am a human being but I tell myself to go back to the good habits. Thanks for stopping by R2R!