Frugal Tips for Single Women

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Although you may not have children or a spouse to provide for, as a single woman you must still support yourself, and one of the many challenges faced by single people is finding ways to make money go further. Frugal living can be a smart move for single women, especially if you are trying to save for retirement, a home purchase or any other significant expense. Most of the information available on the Internet is geared toward families, but saving as a single is possible, too.

Food/Dining

Learn to cook. Cooking at home is not only healthier for you, but is also much less expensive. It is very tempting for single women to stop by a fast food restaurant on the way home, simply for the convenience. However, finding creative ways to cook for one without a giant mess of dishes or leftovers can be a fun learning experience. If you plan ahead, you can purchase non-perishable or frozen foods in larger quantities and save money that way, as well.

Another idea is to join forces with a single friend or neighbor and share leftovers. While this may not necessarily save you money on your grocery bill, it will help you avoid the cost of eating out as often by offering a bit more variety.

Beauty & Hygiene

A number of beauty treatments, such as facials, body scrubs and hair conditioning treatments can be made at home with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Recipes for homemade beauty treatments abound on the Internet, as do instructions for homemade soaps, shampoos and even toothpaste. However, to make these truly cost-effective, do your homework and research the prices of the ingredients, as well as how long a certain recipe or product can last without spoiling.

Fashion

Clothing is a personal choice. If you are trying to live frugally as a single woman, you need to think about your clothing budget and set priorities in fashion. You may decide to spend more on nice accessories and only purchase a few versatile outfits. Alternatively, you may choose to continue buying high-quality items, but simply purchase less. Stores like Ross, T.J. Maxx and Gordmans can help you save money and still purchase high-quality, name-brand clothing. Additionally, consider cutting back on your dry cleaning and only send those things that absolutely cannot be washed at home.

Entertainment

Cutting back on movies, drinking and similar activities can save you a lot of money. Even cutting back on your entertainment expenses at home can help. If you find you are spending a lot on entertainment, begin considering alternatives. For example, your local library may have a good selection of movies you can check out for free, rather than renting from the video store. Enlist the help of your friends in your frugal lifestyle and have a girls' night in, with homemade margaritas or cosmopolitans and movies.

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References

  • "Cheap Talk with Frugal Friends"; Angie Zalewski & Deana Ricks; 2001.
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