Being Frugal at Work

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Being Frugal at Work

 

We all want the money we spend when we are at work to be kept to a minimum. After all, work is about making money, not spending it right? It can be downright frustrating when the costs associated with eating at work, work clothes and travel expenses put large dents in our budgets. Thankfully, while these expenses can’t be completely avoided, they can be trimmed. We’ve put together some Simplee Thrifty tips to help you stay frugal at work, so you can hold on to more of your hard earned cash.

 

Being Frugal at Work Tips

  • Food and Drink Expenditures

Buying lunch at work can add up significantly if you do it every day. If you spend an average of $15.00 per day on lunch in a cafeteria or in restaurants, that can add up to over $3,500 per year! If you add in the cost of morning coffee, vending and breakfast foods that number can jump up to $4,000 per year or more! Yikes! To bring these costs under control, try to brown bag your lunch 4 days a week, and splurge on the last day. This can potentially save you nearly $2,000 per year!

Mix up what you bring for lunch every day, so that you don’t get bored of it and fall back in the habit of buying.  Switch between sandwiches, dinner left-overs or frozen entrees if your work has a microwave. Buy a bulk bag of your favorite snack-sized chips or crackers. Finally, pick one day of the week to buy your food out. This way you won’t feel completely deprived. Meal Planning is a great way to save!!

If possible, try make yourself a quick breakfast at home so that you are not tempted to buy an expensive breakfast sandwich or pancake platter in the morning. Buy in-season fruit at the grocery store for a quick breakfast on the go, or stock up on your favorite yogurt and granola bars when they go on sale.

If you can’t live without your morning coffee from your favorite coffee chain, try to look for coupons in your Sunday paper or printable coupons on the web. Also, check to see if they have a frequent buyer’s card where if you spend a certain amount, you get a discount or a free drink.

Instead of buying drinks from vending machines, invest in a case of water, or your favorite soda or juice and be sure to bring a few bottles with you every day.  This way, you will spend only a few cents for your beverage, instead of a dollar or more every time you get one from the machine.

If you choose to go to a restaurant on your 5th day, try to find a restaurant that offers a lunch hour special or a discount of some sort.

  • Work Clothes

Buying work clothes can be very costly, especially if you need to be dressed up every day such as in finance or banking companies.  Spending money to meet dress requirements isn’t always fun and if you are on a budget, the whole business of building your wardrobe can be a depressing and tiresome experience. While you will have to spend some money, there are ways that you can cut down the costs.

Have at least one super dressy suit in your wardrobe for important meetings and interviews, and be sure to take good care of it.  Follow all of the cleaning instructions and store it properly. Make sure your suit is not a “fad” type of fashion.  You want a piece that will be fashionable and look good for a few years.

For your everyday clothes, read the labels when you buy them and try to avoid “dry clean only”. Dry cleaning is very expensive and it is one bill that can be avoided.

As with all clothes, if you buy new, buy them during sales or at the end of the season. Search the web for discount codes and coupons before you go shopping.

Shop at thrift stores or consignment shops. Sometimes you can find like-new pieces that are very versatile for your wardrobe; and for pennies on the dollar.

  • Travel

Try to preserve gas by leaving the house a little earlier, so you can drive slowly.  Be sure there is always enough pressure in your tires so your car doesn’t work harder than it has to. Finally, comparison shop when you pick out your gas station, so that you make sure you are getting the best deal.

If you travel by train or bus, try to buy monthly passes instead of just daily or weekly.  The further ahead of time you buy, the more you will save.

While the costs associated with going to work every day are frustrating, they are hard to avoid. However, with a little effort, you can cut some of these expenses back, and put your money towards more important things such as bills, savings, groceries, or a family vacation!! Be sure to check out our Saving Tools and Our Monthly Buying Guides to help you with Frugal Living!

What thrifty tips do you use while being frugal at work?

 

Want more Frugal Living Tips? Find them here! You can also check out our Saving Tools Section for more ways to save as well! Like 5 Simple Grass Planting Tips for a Lush Green Lawn!

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