10 Smart Ways to Save Money Despite Shortages and Price Hikes

Some of us can absorb punishment and keep moving forward, be it physical danger or emotional trauma, while others are blinded by fear. These people revel in these circumstances. 

One such character shared their secrets to staying ahead of the curve on consumer prices, posting a short description of the mentality that helped them overcome inflations, recessions, and crises. 

Here are some wisdom nuggets on fighting against price hikes, inflation, and hardship.

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1. Fool Me Once, Shame on Me

This kind of person welcomes a challenge, especially when things become too expensive. Their philosophy is that once mainstream consumers consider an item overpriced, this presents an opportunity to hack the system and never pay for it again. 

Better still, stop buying the overpriced item. Instead of whining about it, direct your anger at unreasonable prices to motivate yourself never to pay for those products again. 

2. Bidets Forever

For example, when toilet paper madness hit supermarkets across the pandemic world, this hero put bidets in each bathroom. Now, they haven’t bought any for two years.

3. Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Furthermore, with volatile egg prices sometimes catching up with meat, what did our humble person do? They build chicken coups in their yard and no longer pay for eggs. 

4. Cut Out The Driving if You Can

Even when the gasoline apocalypse struck last year, there was one easy solution — buy a bicycle and get a remote job. 

5. Netflix, Schmetflix

Moreover, when Netflix raised its prices and disposed of the sharing privileges, this fiscal freedom fighter bought a DVD player, scouring garage sales and pawn shops for offers. 

6. My Lemons, My Lemonade 

Perhaps the funniest part of the thread is the adage about making lemonade from lemons that they grew themselves — of course! 

7. Use The Library

Libraries lend books, DVDs, and video games in some cases. Suggestions about using the library were loud, and someone even said their library rents out baking pans; others even said their library lends out kayaks! I am guessing it was near some water. Some things listed at other libraries were mindblowing: passes for state parks, tech equipment, and museum entry cards.

8. Eat In

Continental European people love to eat al fresco when the weather is good. However, eating takeout has grown in the USA, especially after the new food delivery revolution. However, eating in can be cheaper than this; all one needs to do is plan meals and buy more groceries. 

9. Switching Subscriptions

Commenters stated it isn’t worth having several TV subscriptions running concurrently when you may use one more. A solution is to cancel monthly subscriptions until you know something you want to see, then renew for the month only. 

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10. Suck it Up, Buttercup

Some might say all this hard saving sounds impossible, while others may bristle at dropping their living standards. However, life can be great if you don’t let the stigma of frugal living get to you. By the way, there should be no stigma for managing your money effectively. 

So, when the economy is slippery, we must remember that not everything is defeated. When life gives you lemons, remember life probably won’t give you lemons. Grow your own instead!

This article originally appeared on The Cents of Money.

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