Every little bit helps when it comes to saving money, especially when we’re older. You never know when something will come up like a health issue or rising bills. Few people actually enjoy pinching pennies, but there are plenty of simple little things you can do.
1. Shop and dine on discount days.
While some places offer discounts for seniors and/or AARP members every day, some favor specific days. Many movie theaters and even some groceries and retail stores have senior discount days. Check online or call customer service to ask when those days might be.
2. Eat some vegetarian meals.
Not every meal has to feature meat. Not only can cutting back on the amount you consume save you money, it’s often healthier, too. There are plenty of easy recipes available for all sorts of vegetarian breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
3. Scrutinize your bills.
More often than we’d like to admit, we end up paying more for things than we need to. This is especially true when it comes to monthly services like utilities and cell phones. Not only should you look for billing mistakes, but you should also call every so often. Packages and plans that many companies offer tend to change frequently. Speak to a representative to make sure you’re getting the best rate possible. (And always ask about senior discounts, plans, and programs!)
4. Value quality.
While more budget-friendly options might be the most appealing, sometimes it’s better to consider how long something will last. Find a good balance and invest in things that won’t wear out too quickly. Not to mention, you’re more likely to take better care of things that cost slightly more.
5. Utilize free local resources.
From local meal programs and transportation services to libraries, parks, and civic centers, take advantage of what your city offers. These things can both save you money and enrich your life through the people you’ll meet and things you learn.