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Hobbies and Habits: How to Do it For Less

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Creating a budget and sticking to it feels incredibly difficult — especially when you are looking to cut costs in every aspect of your life. You know it’s too expensive to keep picking up that $8 coffee from Starbucks, but on the other hand, you need it to get your day going. Well, now you don’t have to give up your daily habits and hobbies to save money. Instead, here are four ways you can keep up your hobbies and habits by doing them for less.

Smoking: Ditch the Pack and Switch to E-Cigarettes

Cigarette prices are constantly rising. Thanks to heftier taxes in places like New York City, a pack of your favorite brand can run you anywhere from $12 to $14. If you smoke a pack a day, that adds up over $4,000 spent on cigarettes per year, which is an astronomical and unsustainable expenditure.

Individuals looking to get serious about saving should look into e-cigarettes. Thanks to recent technological developments of rechargeable e-cigarettes with disposable cartridges from companies like Vaporcade, a company that produces technologically advanced e-cigarette and vaping products, making the switch to e-cigs can save you anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 per year depending on the cost of cigarettes in your home state. With the money you save by switching to e-cigs, you would be able to take an incredible vacation or put that money toward rent, debt payments, or other expenses.

Reading: Sign Up for a Library Card and Download a Free Reading App

Avid readers love the feel of a new book in their hand. Spending $20 or $30 on the latest book doesn’t seem like much at the time, but if you read a lot, that can add up quickly.

Instead of purchasing the most recent best seller when it hits the shelves of Barnes & Noble, sign up for a library card at your local library and reserve the book online. It will be ready and waiting for you on your next visit, free of charge. If you prefer ebooks, then check out a few apps for book lovers that actually let you read thousands of books for free.

Coffee: Skip Starbucks and Brew Your Own Coffee

Starbucks is notorious for their high coffee prices. However, grabbing a coffee in the morning to start your day is a habit most of us can’t seem to shake. For avid coffee lovers, sacrificing that morning cup is not an option, but you can alter it a bit.

Rather than paying a hefty convenience fee for having someone else brew you a cup, get in the habit of brewing your own coffee at home. A lot of name-brand coffee suppliers sell their own beans, and though they are still a bit pricey, it’s cheaper than purchasing a cup in-store. By simply setting your alarm clock a few minutes earlier each morning to brew some coffee, you can end up saving hundreds of dollars a year, or more.

Trying to find ways to cut costs in your daily routine is tough, but it isn’t impossible. Switch up the way you do these three habits and you’ll be amazed at how much money you can save.

 

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Ashley is a full time student writing her way through college. When she’s not writing she enjoys hiking and any other outdoor activity imaginable.

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