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How to Start Saving for Milestones in your Twenties

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One morning, your parents are sending you off for your first week of Uni, having packed you non-perishable food and enough laundry detergent to last the year.  The next, you’re on your own in the dank little breakfast nook of your new flat, eating porridge with water instead of milk because milk just doesn’t fit into your budget anymore.

Growing up is exciting, and a necessary step in life, but keeping a budget is not.  We all deserve to treat ourselves, especially when times feel tough.  So why not start saving now for the milestones you’ll want to celebrate later?  Here are some tips on how to save some extra cash.

Buy non-perishables in bulk

The more you buy at once, the cheaper it will be per unit.  If it’s shelf-stable, like tissue paper, fill your cart with the big rolls that will last you several months. Everybody loves wandering through places like Costco and finding things you never knew you needed that will last you almost years.

D.I.Y.

Okay, who doesn’t love a good do-it-yourself project? DIY-ing is totally trending right now, so take advantage of the fad, jump on Pinterest, and have a go at making some of the things you might buy in store.

Find your green thumb

Lots of popular fruits, vegetables, and herbs can be grown on your windowsill or in a miniature garden.  A green thumb would be helpful, but with a little Googling, you can learn the basic tricks of home gardening in a snap!

Take your health seriously

What you eat and drink, how often you exercise, and what habits you partake in on a daily basis may seem like silly little nagging points right now, but might just cost you down the road.  If you take care of yourself while you are still healthy, you could save yourself tons of money that you’d rather put towards a special occasion later in life. 

Pay with cash

Paying with debit or credit desensitizes you to the value of money.  When you are standing at the till and have to physically pull the money out of your wallet, you will be more aware of the amount being spent.

No matter what you do or how you do it, find a way to make saving meaningful.  Every little coin, every note, every cheque, no matter how tiny – all of it counts.  It will pay off later, it will be worth it!  Don’t consider it a daunting task.  Rather, be excited by the prospect of opportunities you’ll be able to have in the future.

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Britany is a lifestyle blogger hailing from Toronto, Canada. While not in the city, she can be found either spooning on the couch with one of her golden retriever puppies or pouring lattes at her trendy café job.

  • http://meguana.co.uk Megan

    I’m about to start university in September so I’m already getting concerned about budgeting and keeping an eye on my finances and since I’m studying accounting, I doubt that will go away any time soon! These were some great tips to consider for post-uni life though, thank you!
    Megan x meguana.co.uk

  • http://www.doitfortheirony.com Do It For The Irony

    I think growing your own food is a great idea!

    doitfortheirony.com / creative lifestyle blog of a career gal.

  • http://lemony-sage.blogspot.co.uk Lemony

    There is some great advice here! There is nothing better than flying the nest though to help you understand the value of money. Some hard lessons are learnt but it give you invaluable experience! I love the tip about looking after your health and fitness – so important! xx

  • http://ahsknaka.wordpress.com akanksha padhi

    Great post with great tips on saving :)

  • jji

    Sorry but this blog is so derivative and there is nothing of any substance here. How you can be nominated for an award I have no idea. Your content is so empty and dull. I’m yawning.

  • http://yoursjuliet.wordpress.com Juliet

    Using cash instead of credit cards is a very good point. I always find myself caring not so much about the amount of money I spent when I’m using my credit card. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    x, Juliet from yoursjuliet.wordpress.com

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