September 6, 2021

How to Be Frugal Without Actually Being Cheap

Life and money are meant to be enjoyed. Here are some quick and easy tips for you to save more while still spending money on the things you love.

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Qoins Staff


There’s always a bit of a struggle between being cheap and being frugal. Just because you’re one doesn’t always mean you’re the other. Most people who are close to you can always tell if you’re being cheap. 9 out of 10 people don’t like to be known as the ‘cheap’ friend. However, being generous should never put you into debt or financial misery. It is quite the balancing act to be smart with your finances, so we’re here to give you some examples of ways to be frugal without actually being cheap af.

Order a glass of wine instead of the whole bottle;

It’s pretty cheap if you’re not ordering alcohol at all. Unless you are sober, but if you want something at dinner just get a glass! No need to get a whole bottle, you can always celebrate further when you get home.

Buy a used car instead of a new one;

Do you really need a brand new fancy one? Unless it’s something you’ve been saving up for, for a while what’s the point? As long as it gets you from point A to point B there’s really no difference.

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Buy something high quality that is meant to be high quality;

If you are buying something that is really important such as a house or a diamond ring, don’t cheap out on it! Your future spouse won’t be too happy with you after all.

Tip well at dinner, even if your meal is cheap;

Let’s be honest, no one likes a poor tipper. Most waiters and waitresses work extremely hard and have to deal with rude people all the time. Try not to be a cheap tipper if possible.

Go to thrift stores;

There’s always plenty of good stuff at Goodwill and other thrift stores that people don’t realize. You can seriously find some gems in there, why pay full price when you can pay a quarter of it?! Worth a shot, plus vintage is in.

Cancel that cable bill;

Unless you have something really pressing to watch, almost everything is on the internet these days. You could probably have at least two streaming services equal to the amount that you pay for cable.

BillFixers can negotiate your bills for you, saving you a ton without having to cut off a service. Check them out here!

Eat in during the week;

Meal prep can be annoying but if you just try to see how much you can save during the week by not eating out you might be really surprised. Most meals are at least $10–12 dollars so think if you saved that much for 7 days that’s around $100!

We hope this has been a helpful guide to staying frugal, not cheap! We also hope you are enjoying our content! Be sure to like and share also follow us on Instagram, @qoinsapp!

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