Living on a tight budget can be no fun at all, but during tough times we all want to stretch our cash a little bit further. It can feel a little bit overwhelming when you're trying to run a household and make ends meet at the same time, but with some planning and organization, there are lots of places where you can trim your budget without feeling the pinch.
The key to living a frugal lifestyle is just that: Think of it as a lifestyle change. Cutting back can be hard, so it's important to keep in mind why you're budgeting, especially when you're tempted to blow a wad on something new and shiny. At the same time, you don't want to overwhelm yourself with frugality. People only have so much energy to devote towards willpower, which we'll touch on more later in the article.
Of course, if your budget is tight, you probably already do some of the more obvious things like using coupons and cooking at home rather than ordering out, but what else can you do to cut back a bit? From cooking and cleaning to recreation, you can get a little bit creative and save some cash. We'll look at a few ways to save money at home, starting with cheap, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.