As the years go by and we move faster toward the future, we start to see what is going to happen. With gas, food, and electricity prices rising we all need to do our share to keep these modern conveniences. We take gas, food, and electricity for granted because we are so used to having these necessity’s that we cannot even imagine living without them. However, if we do not do our share in cutting back, we may lose them altogether. We could end up living like our ancestors did; no electricity, no cars, no telephone and internet, no television. I cannot even imagine a world without these many conveniences.
Our ancestors lived without electricity, they grew their own food, rode a horse and buggy to get to where they needed to go. They also used a sickle, a reel mower, and even goats to keep their grass cut. So what should we do to make sure this doesn’t happen? Read on to find out.
How to Cut Back on Daily Luxuries Tip #1
Stay at home and eat
Sure, we all love eating out. Who doesn’t? However, we need to cut back on our daily luxuries to save money. Eating at home is one way we can save money. Make a nice meal for the family and sit at the dinner table every night. This way we are saving money and spending more time with our families.
What if you are too busy to cook an entire healthy meal every night for your hungry family? What should you do then? Wal-Mart and other grocery food stores have boxed dinners that are already prepared. You simply take the contents from the box and dump them in your crock pot and let it cook all day. They also have over baked prepared dinners. Some people do not like these already prepared boxed dinners because they are pre-processed. If that is the case, you can go to a farmers market and buy fresh fruit and produce, locate a farmer who will sell straight from the farm, go to the deli at your local grocery store and have them cut fresh pieces of meat right there, and you also have the option of going to a local butcher shop for fresh meat and produce. This might cost a little more than the already prepared boxed dinners, but it will be healthier in the long run.
How to Cut Back on Daily Luxuries Tip #2
Ride a Bike, Walk, Carpool, or Drive a Scooter
Another way to save money by not using gas is to only drive when necessary. If you’re place of employment isn’t too far away, ride a bike or walk.
Carpooling is also a great way to save money on gas. If you have friends and co-workers that live nearby, ask if you can all start a carpool. Take turns paying for gas and driving the carpool every other day or every week, whatever is more convenient for those who choose to participate in the carpool.
Driving a scooter is another option. Although they do use gas, most scooters can run up to 100 miles on a full tank. Not bad gas mileage at all. Also you do not have to have a license to drive a scooter and scooters are allowed on the highway with the rest of the vehicles.
How to Cut Back on Daily Luxuries Tip #3
Grow Your Own Food
It’s not just gas prices on the rise, food is going up also. It seems like every time we go to the grocery store, prices on everything has gone up. So the solution to this is, grow a garden every Spring. When the fruits and vegetables are ready to harvest, freeze as much as you can as to save for the following year. You can also learn how to use canning jars to preserve fruits and vegetables. For example, say you have a bunch of raspberry’s or blackberry’s on hand, you can cook these down and put them in a tightly sealed canning jar. That way you can have them all year round without and of the fruits going bad. You can also do this with tomatoes. I could explain how to can fruits and vegetables but it would take another page. Do a search online or go to the library and find a book that explains how to can fruits and vegetables. You can do this with anything from your garden.
How to Cut Back on Daily Luxuries Tip #4
Raise your own Cattle, Chicken, and Pigs
One way to beat the high food prices is to raise your own cattle, chickens, and pigs to eat. This might be expensive at first but in the long run you will be glad you did. The meat will be fresh and you can buy a deep freezer and stock up. Raising your own cattle, chickens, and pigs will be smart since you won’t have to pay the high prices at the grocery store. You will have your very own fresh meat for as long as you want.
Don’t forget to keep some of the chickens for their eggs. Fresh eggs straight from the chicken are healthy and taste great.
These are just some ways we can cut down on luxuries to save money. I’m sure everyone can think of more ways. We all need to really think about trying some of these options out and think of other ways to cut back a little on every day luxury’s. We will be better off for it in the long run. Start small if you have to, every little bit helps. We all need to pitch in and do our share to save money and to be able to keep using the many conveniences of our modern world.
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