How to live economically or a list of our mini lifehacks

After fasting How to survive in Moscow for 15 thousand I was not left alone in thought somehowshow that it is quite real. And then I went to the Russia Today TV channel, where I was asked to list something that makes for savings in everyday life and in life, and I became very thoughtful and could not do it at once. Indeed, we are writing about spending, but due to what they are achieved, we have not yet told and this information has not yet been laid out. It is difficult, of course, to try to remember everything, since most things arose spontaneously, and I do not know how it happens in other people (maybe everyone does this). But however, I will still try, although I am afraid that the list will not be complete.

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List of our life hacking

Life hack (lifehack) - literally hacking life. Usually means some action that is different from the usual (or accepted), allowing faster / cheaper / easier to realize their goal. I can not say that everything from this list is direct life hacking, but some part still has something to do, at least in my opinion.

At first I wanted to write in detail for eachpoint, how it happened and what are the advantages of this option, because most of it did not take place because of savings (this is a side effect), but by trial. But I thought that it would be too cumbersome. Therefore, if someone becomes interested, I will explain in the comments. And remember, no one makes you do that! :)

Household chemicals and cosmetics

- Instead of dishwashing detergent, we use mustard powder (removes grease well) and ordinary soap. More often, I generally just plain ordinary water.
- We have one shampoo for two, no gels forsoul, rinses and other things. For washing hands and body is the usual soap. I adore tar (like a cat valerian), my wife loves the handmade work that our friends make.
- We use one universal cleaner for everything (we use Lok from Amway), it is really enough.
- Almost do not use creams, cosmetics, perfumes and deodorants. Darya has only eyeliner and stone deodorant from Thailand (he is an eternal campaign).
- For shaving buy disposable jiletomachine tools and do not use tools for shaving and after it. And I finally found myself recently such a machine, which suits me much more than Mak3 and the rest are disposable. It costs 40 rubles for 5 pieces.
- Instead of an air freshener, we light a match, much more efficiently and more pleasantly.
- Toothpaste squeeze peas on the brush, otherwise it immediately has to spit out because of the large amount of foam. Pasta itself - any, from Forest Balsam to Splat.
- A little washing powder sypem in the machine, otherwise then a strong smell. At the moment, the liquid "powder" Ecover for children's things and Eared nanny for ordinary.

Super shaving razor from Auchan (nothing gets stuck)

Super shaving razor from Auchan (nothing gets stuck)

Food and Food

- We try to cook, not buy already preparedfood It includes everything that you can eat at once (semi-finished products, sweets, yogurts, chips, all sauces, canned food, etc.). As a rule, there is nothing good in such a meal, and what my wife has cooked, I would not trade for anything. True, Yegor now takes a lot of time and my mother prepares us.
- We try to buy only seasonal vegetables and fruits, and preferably from Russia. Apples are generally only Lipetsk Aport I can eat, the rest is such rubbish.
- We buy in several stores, and not in one (Coin, Auchan, Utkonos, a couple of local supermarkets). As the assortment differs, the price of products, as well as quality (especially concerns vegetables).
- We buy in 50% of cases on the list. Although I am typing everything in Auchan, I am not there more often than once a month. And it is best to go there fed, although it does not always work.
- Periodically we look through the products in the refrigerator, so as not to spoil, because we really do not like to throw out the products, this is wrong.

Leisure and sport

- We do not go to cafes, restaurants, cinema, spa, and other places. I do not want to completely.
- Just do not visit hairdressers and salonsbeauty (well, maybe once a year). I first grow my hair to very long, then I cut my hair short and grow it again. Daria is sheared some acquaintances a couple of times a year.
- We prefer ordinary walks, trips to the nature, visits to museums and estates, musical concerts of our friends (free), travels and trips.
- Instead of fitness and gym - run, horizontal bar, exercise, yoga, dousing (mood). Now the truth is much less likely to engage.
- We can travel by train, hitchhiking, with tents, for a long time (it reduces the price) and on burning tickets.

Usually a douche and douche rarely

Usually a douche and douche rarely

Clothing and Shoes

- Once a year we thin things and give them away. And we also give things. Now for my son a lot of things have been given away, they themselves did not buy. Thank you very much to everyone who gave us these things!
- We buy clothes a little, we buy them for a long time, its functionality and durability matter for us. True, this concerns me more (all my clothes fit in a small box).
- Often we buy tourist clothes and shoes,they are more tenacious, more comfortable. I have so all the shoes are already tourist. For example, the previous sandals for 3000r served me 5 years, bought new ones, another 5 years will serve.
- Sometimes we buy clothes in secondhand. Who does not know, but there are completely new and brand things.

The clothes are really long enough, and the appearance does not suffer.

The clothes are really long enough, and the appearance does not suffer.

Household trifles, apartment, appliances and other

- Instead of special garbage bags, we use regular store packages, which are provided with almost every purchase.
- Do not leave for nothing turned on the water and light. We have meters for water and 3 tariff meters for electricity. Now all the energy-saving bulbs are also, although in my experience they burn out so often that it is cheaper to use conventional ones.
- Our rent is preferential. Previously, due to the fact that the grandmother is registered, we will now apply for a privilege because of Egor.
- Repair in the apartment is cosmetic, not capital. The latter, for example, in the kitchen cost only 6000 rubles, and I made it myself (wallpaper, linoleum, platbands, baseboards, sockets, a lamp).
- Free mobile communication between us with my wife and some friends (special corporate tariff). In addition, we communicate with most on ICQ and Skype.
- Do not go to work, do not need costumes and money for transport.
- Often we go on foot, instead of going by bus or bus. This is useful.
- We can buy a used item. For example, a car or a stove (recently they took glass ceramics almost new from a neighboring house for half the price).
- Do not drink and do not smoke.
- The purchase of equipment or expensive items is very thorough (we choose a couple of weeks in the forums), so that later we will not be disappointed and not changed.
- We buy universal devices. For example, my phone is enough for me to call, go online, ride in a car as with a navigator, read books, listen to music. He has served me for 4 years.
- We sell or give unused items.
- Sometimes we buy something at a discount. Either she is simply in the store, or one of her friends can contribute.
- We do not have a TV and we do not watch ads, which allows us to want less crap.

Budget redecorating the kitchen

Budget redecorating the kitchen

How to live economically - my philosophy

Finally, I would like to say a few wordsregarding our philosophy. We have the level of necessary comfort (established by experience) and in fact we are in it constantly and live the last couple of years. This level is influenced not only by spending, but also by everyday activities (this is very important for us). That is why, when you do not experience stress and are engaged in favorite thingthen you do not need to please yourself further. Why, if so good. We don’t need that obvious contrast between work and rest, as there’s nothing to rest on. Sorry I could not convey this idea in that sensational my post, although it was the main message. But this article does not pretend to philosophical reflections, but just in case I want to repeat, and the concept will be slimmer from repetitions.

We personally do not believe that we are in somethingwe restrict, on the contrary, the less we need something, the more free we are. And, as I have already said, much of the list arose by itself, something brought to automatism, such as family budget management, and basically do not have to do someeffort or spend extra time on similar savings. Only when we buy something large (especially equipment) you have to read the forums and carefully choose that the purchase meets all the requirements and there are no disappointments (but I think this is the case with most).

We do not save for the sake of economy, it would be stupid, but for the sake of increasing freedom and reduce consumption itself. It may seem strange, but meI am glad when I realize that I can do without something, and it saddens me when I have to “roll back” and buy new things, especially if they are rarely used. Yes, and in my mind the idea was strengthened that in reducing consumption there is a benefit for the world as a whole, or, to put it more modestly, harm reduction. Of course, I understand that we will never be able to become 100% independent of things, but such a goal is not worth it.

Also, in addition to saving, I try to increase andyour earnings, thus, going to freedom from "two sides". While the classic “wage increase + increase in comfort level” entails even greater unfreedom - the extra funds do not appear, and it is worth losing the source of income, then write was gone. On the other hand, why make money if you don’t spend it anywhere? I will answer: in fact, there are plenty of options, much more interesting than spending on household comfort in the form of new furniture in an apartment, clothes, cars, and so on. For example, travel :)

P.S. I met in the open spaces: “Statistics say that we began to consume 26 times more, but polls show that we did not become 26 times happier.” (C)

P.P.S. In no case do I impose anything on anyone, it’s just just my thoughts, and you need to live as you see fit. Since 2014, our spending has increased quite a lot (once in 5-10), but this also has its own reasons, life changes and does not stand still.

Life hacking 1 - how to buy a good insurance

Choosing insurance is now unrealistically difficult, so to help all travelers, I compile a rating. To do this, I constantly monitor forums, study insurance contracts and use insurance by myself.

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Life hacking 2 - how to find a hotel 20% cheaper

First, choose a hotel on Booking. They have a good offer base, but the prices are NOT the best! The same hotel can often be found 20% cheaper in other systems through the RoomGuru service.

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