Ok now that you’ve recovered from falling off your chair after reading the tile of this blog, let me explain.
Inflation is one of the biggest challenges in achieving, and maintaining, financial independence. The low inflation we have experienced for decades has made many of us lazy when it comes to spending. Now is the time to put some great habits into place that will reduce your spending now and will help even more when inflation get’s back to historical norms.
Here are some tips:
- The days of clipping coupons seems to be a thing of the past. Time to resurrect this time-tested way to save money. Now it’s done electronically. Click here for a great article on coupon apps.
- Bargain shop. The meat department is the best place to shop for deals. Supermarkets would rather greatly reduce the price on meat than throw it away. I’ve seen bargains at 50% off. And not to worry, the meat is still good.
- Dump the name brands. I am a big name-brand guy however that is changing. You can save 30-50% on certain items by going with the store brand such as Kroger at Ralphs. Just today we saved 30% on peanut butter and couldn’t tell the difference.
- Use those credit card miles. If you fly Southwest use their Chase Rewards Card. This year alone I flew two of us to Hawaii roundtrip and flew myself to NY and used my miles. Pretty much all carriers have credit cards they use for miles.
- If you shop at Ralphs use their Ralph’s Reward Card. They have a great app that shows you year to date savings. We have saved $500 so far this year. You also get fuel points that you can used at Shell Stations. I’ve saved as much as $.50 per gallon!
- This one is real hard for me but try to walk out of restaurants with a doggie bag. I’m the type of person that if something is real good, I’ll clean my plate (thanks mom!). But with portion sizes so big you should have no problem making two meals out of one. Your wallet and belly with thank you!
These are just a few habits to help get you through this time of high inflation that could help your plan when inflation gets back to “normal”.