I’ve pretty well always been someone who saves my money. There was a period while I was in school during which, out of boredom, I would visit the Pen Centre in St. Catharines once a week and aimlessly shop to pass the time. During this period I was also extremely self-conscious about my acne, meaning I spent way too much money at Sephora, gambling with a wide variety of products in hopes of improving my skin.
Thank God I really don’t give a fuck anymore about hiding my acne, because otherwise, it is probable I would be broke by now.
Blaine, like myself, is a saver (that’s an understatement), so we are on the same page when it comes to spending money and budgeting. There are a handful of items I refuse to cheap out on, one such example being coffee; trying to save money, I bought no name brand coffee, and it tastes like absolute shit, so I learned my lesson the hard way that some things are not meant to be cheaped out on.
When I shop, I always look to see what is on sale. So many of us are ridiculously devoted to name brands when it comes to certain products, but aside from coffee, most food items can be less costly simply by purchasing no name brands. Always look for sales and discounts, and do yourself a favour and refrain from getting groceries at Sobey’s. The place is unnecessarily expensive, and you’ll save a lot of cash simply by shopping at No Frills, Fresco, or Walmart instead.
Get a Costco membership for bulk items and you’ll be surprised to see how much you can save in doing so.
Hit up the dollar store for basic hygiene items, kitchen supplies, cleaning products and snack foods.
Don’t be afraid to buy used furniture and clothing.
Figure out the things in your life you aren’t willing to downgrade and determine how to budget accordingly.