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    Default Fastest way to save a lot of money in a short time

    I知 trying to save money (a lot of money) maybe $15k in less than 5 years. Im not 100% for what but I am thinking about cosmetic surgery which is $15k. Maybe I will find something else to use it for. Idk. Maybe it値l be a down payment for a house.
    Either way I have a manageable amount of debt and decent credit. I知 starting from scratch. I also need to start a retirement fund. Ugh. Any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Fastest way to save a lot of money in a short time

    $15,000 in less than five years is totally doable. You could probably save it in less time.

    Try going to extreme frugality route. Read Early Retirement Extreme and Mr. Money Mustache.

    http://earlyretirementextreme.com/

    http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/

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    Ok don't laugh but here are the eternal pro-tips I learned for this kind of saving-

    * buy very few non-essential items. Own less than one closet full of clothes and shoes.

    * NO eating out. Pre-make/cook meals in bulk, freeze them. Buy a crockpot. Get a Costco card & make bulk grocery purchases the only splurge in life.

    * Get rid of using/owning a car. Move somewhere you can walk to places & use public transportation.

    * Freeganism (that means dumpster diving.)

    * Do your own haircuts and manicures at home.

    * Keep your rent low.
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    The easiest way ( or a variation ) is probably to PUSH yourself through a few more shifts per month ( such as an extra $600-$1000 a month ) and then just don't touch it. Keep it accumulating . Easier said than done but it's possible.

    I tend to binge work when I need to save.

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    Not to sound trite, but work more and spend less.

    Now I'm not sure that I ever went as extreme as Snuffle, but I do agree with cutting out the non-essentials and her comments about cooking your own food and freezing. I'm not sure that you need a Costco card, but check out the sales flyers each week from your local markets and stock up on your meats (and freeze) and non-perishables when they are on sale. There are also many staples that are almost always cheap and/or on sale somewhere, like onions, garlic, carrots, celery, potatoes, rice, and other basic cooking supplies.

    I really cannot stress the cooking thing enough. As I always tell my kids, if you can cook, you'll always live rich. It takes patience and some mistakes along the way in order to get good at it, but it is well worth the effort. I am a decent to good cook and my wife is a fantastic cook and baker. We feed a family of 5 for around $500 per month and we eat extremely well, including meat for at least two meals per day and lots of fresh produce and dairy items. We could do it for even less if we cut out some of the luxury items that we splurge on from time to time, like higher end steaks, baby back pork ribs, certain yogurts and some other stuff. When you can take almost any piece of sale meat and turn it into something yummy and nutritious, you have a lot of power over how you live and it also has the nice side benefit of giving you a healthy hobby.

    If your debts include high interest credit cards, then pay them down as fast as possible and stop using them for purchases. That does NOT mean closing them as this can hurt your credit, but rather just pay them down. You'll be amazed at how quickly your disposable income will go up if you pay at least double the minimum payment each month for a year or so.

    And I agree wholeheartedly with Snuffle about keeping rent low. When you pay rent, you're just paying for someone else's mortgage. Getting over your head on a rent payment is one of the easiest ways of putting yourself on a hamster wheel that someone else owns.

    Just a few thoughts fwiw.
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    Find a high paying job that you can really make good money in the quickest way possible. Don't spend on interest bills. Don't pay rent. Don't splurge on non-essentials. Unless that non-essential is an investment. I couldn't skimp on haircuts cause that's an investment for me personally and so is nice shoes. And a vehicle is needed for me as well. Invest in yourself.

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    Live with roommates, 18 of them at a time if you have to (I've done this). Though I somewhat regret it, I've put myself in some pretty dangerous situations living in LA, just to save a few hundred dollars a month on rent.

    Forego a car if at all possible.

    Tax deduct as much as you can (nails, hair, the expensive plastic shoes we wear, your $30 stripper thongs, sometimes even transport to work and back if you're an independent contractor, travel for work to maximize profits, self-employed retirement account not ira, etc).

    Cook at home. In addition to that, I'd advice for you to not buy brand name foods unless they are on sale. I always skim discount foods at the store to save even more $$$.

    Shop at thrift stores (unless you are shopping for work clothes).

    Get a man to pay for your plastic surgery as a gift like I did.

    Your hair and nails are essential for this work-we're not paid for our wit and vulnerability after all; we are paid on our presentation and looks, only. So I do not agree with cutting that out it is an ordinary and necessary expense for an entertainer, even if the some will most likely beg to differ.

    As far as credit cards, I think you should use them to build up your credit as long as you remember to pay them off right away. I think that's the conventional wisdom about credit cards.

    Am I missing anything?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSugarMonster View Post
    Tax deduct as much as you can (nails, hair, the expensive plastic shoes we wear, your $30 stripper thongs, sometimes even transport to work and back if you're an independent contractor, travel for work to maximize profits, self-employed retirement account not ira, etc).
    Make sure you check with an accountant that it's deductible, or you could end up losing money. I'm pretty sure nails and hair aren't deductible. I don't think shoes or thongs are either. I did a brief search and this is what I found about deducting clothing:

    You can deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes and uniforms if you must wear them as a condition of your employment and the clothes are not suitable for everyday wear. The IRS says the clothing must be specifically required by your employer and is not suitable for taking the place of your regular clothing.

    A tax accountant would know for sure.

    Some suggestions for saving money:

    Pay off all of your debts first.

    Search online for bank accounts with the highest interest rates, and open an account where you can get a good rate.

    Buy generic instead of name brands.

    Shop at the dollar store and Walmart. Also, look online to see if you can get a better price than at a local store. Buy in bulk if you know you will be using it all and can get a lower price per unit.

    When you go shopping, plan what you will buy and stick to it. Don't impulse buy.

    Look for credit cards that give you rewards or discounts. For example, some cards will give you a discount on gasoline and/or groceries. A Target credit card will give you a 5% discount at Target. Get rid of any credit cards with annual fees.

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    Learn about eating cheap and clean. Depending on how you eat now you can save a lot here. Check out Imperfect Produce for cheap produce. Eat rice with every meal and get the big bags. Only buy meat when it's below a certain price and buy it in bulk.

    If you need a car talk to a local mechanic with good reviews and see if they have a project car they can sell your for a couple thousand at most. Make sure they'll warranty it for a little bit at least. Learn to do your own oil change.

    If you like spending find an online game that satisfies this desire. For example neopets has games plus lots of shopping.

    Use reusable things when possible. For periods try a diva cup or period panties (haven't tried them, but planning to). If there are other areas in your life where you can reuse do it.

    If you're nickel and diming, save things like toilet paper rolls and glass jars. Even if you don't use them someone else could.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rispy_Girl View Post
    Learn about eating cheap and clean. Depending on how you eat now you can save a lot here. Check out Imperfect Produce for cheap produce. Eat rice with every meal and get the big bags. Only buy meat when it's below a certain price and buy it in bulk.

    For periods try a diva cup or period panties

    Good luck!
    I love the diva cup,
    As for savings I totally agree with the thrift store instead of the mall or even walmart unless its basic necessities, socks underwear ect..
    Dollar Store will help with some items but sometimes u may need the name brand and thats cool if mostly everything else is store brand..
    I have sams club here, and a credit card with them that gets me free shipping bc i am a plus member so i get my sams club order sent instead of wandering in the store spending more and saving gas and time by not going. Also if i do go in store i get a basket and once it gets too heavy i leave.. i will shop once big at sams club and get the perishable items from market and i eat something before i go so i am not hungry shopping.
    I couldnt get rid of my vehicle completely but i also switch from SUV to Car.. so less gas , longer drives..
    Keep all my bills on auto pay.. never late = good credit = lower rates
    some companies offer discounts for paying things in full when due like my progressive ins
    If your family is military your phone provider may offer a discount my step dad is, and i got a better rate
    check your monthly memberships/subscriptions
    i got rid of, pandora plus,and memberships i wasnt really using yes i paid for gym n never went!!
    I also a reusable K cup for my keruig and just use regular coffee
    more efficient light bulbs, turning things off when leaving room

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    I used Mint to look at what I was spending money on. I used to eat out or order Postmates all day ("oh I'm too tired to cook" and all that crap) and that really ate into my money. I was spending literally thousands a month! Not eating out and cooking saved me SO MUCH money. Rent is also a huge part. If you live in a big city, everything will probably be more expensive but maybe look into getting a roommate, moving to a cheaper area, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eagle2 View Post
    Make sure you check with an accountant that it's deductible, or you could end up losing money. I'm pretty sure nails and hair aren't deductible. I don't think shoes or thongs are either. I did a brief search and this is what I found about deducting clothing:

    You can deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes and uniforms if you must wear them as a condition of your employment and the clothes are not suitable for everyday wear. The IRS says the clothing must be specifically required by your employer and is not suitable for taking the place of your regular clothing.

    A tax accountant would know for sure.

    Some suggestions for saving money:

    Pay off all of your debts first.

    Search online for bank accounts with the highest interest rates, and open an account where you can get a good rate.

    Buy generic instead of name brands.

    Shop at the dollar store and Walmart. Also, look online to see if you can get a better price than at a local store. Buy in bulk if you know you will be using it all and can get a lower price per unit.

    When you go shopping, plan what you will buy and stick to it. Don't impulse buy.

    Look for credit cards that give you rewards or discounts. For example, some cards will give you a discount on gasoline and/or groceries. A Target credit card will give you a 5% discount at Target. Get rid of any credit cards with annual fees.
    I think it depends on your accountant too. I've had accountants tell me certain things were deductible when I know they're not. A lot of accountants would deduct hair, nails, botox and teeth whitening but I realize how questionable that is. I deduct hair for sure bc that's 'my look', nails if I'm about to travel specifically for a work trip but not the other stuff. However, A LOT of accountants would say it's deductible for your work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSugarMonster View Post
    Live with roommates, 18 of them at a time if you have to (I've done this). Though I somewhat regret it, I've put myself in some pretty dangerous situations living in LA, just to save a few hundred dollars a month on rent.

    Forego a car if at all possible.

    Tax deduct as much as you can (nails, hair, the expensive plastic shoes we wear, your $30 stripper thongs, sometimes even transport to work and back if you're an independent contractor, travel for work to maximize profits, self-employed retirement account not ira, etc).

    Cook at home. In addition to that, I'd advice for you to not buy brand name foods unless they are on sale. I always skim discount foods at the store to save even more $$$.

    Shop at thrift stores (unless you are shopping for work clothes).

    Get a man to pay for your plastic surgery as a gift like I did.

    Your hair and nails are essential for this work-we're not paid for our wit and vulnerability after all; we are paid on our presentation and looks, only. So I do not agree with cutting that out it is an ordinary and necessary expense for an entertainer, even if the some will most likely beg to differ.

    As far as credit cards, I think you should use them to build up your credit as long as you remember to pay them off right away. I think that's the conventional wisdom about credit cards.

    Am I missing anything?
    I bought just about my entire work wardrobe (vanilla work) from Thrift store. The key for me was buying dresses. One piece of clothing.

    Often times I lucked up on name brands that were still with tags on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rispy_Girl View Post
    Learn about eating cheap and clean. Depending on how you eat now you can save a lot here. Check out Imperfect Produce for cheap produce. Eat rice with every meal and get the big bags. Only buy meat when it's below a certain price and buy it in bulk.

    If you need a car talk to a local mechanic with good reviews and see if they have a project car they can sell your for a couple thousand at most. Make sure they'll warranty it for a little bit at least. Learn to do your own oil change.

    If you like spending find an online game that satisfies this desire. For example neopets has games plus lots of shopping.

    Use reusable things when possible. For periods try a diva cup or period panties (haven't tried them, but planning to). If there are other areas in your life where you can reuse do it.

    If you're nickel and diming, save things like toilet paper rolls and glass jars. Even if you don't use them someone else could.

    Good luck!
    Diva cups are awesome! I've had mine for 4 years. Paid my initial $40 investment and haven't spent a cent more on periods since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss.a.p1600 View Post
    I bought just about my entire work wardrobe (vanilla work) from Thrift store. The key for me was buying dresses. One piece of clothing.

    Often times I lucked up on name brands that were still with tags on
    Totally. I buy ALL my clothes from Savers, Goodwill and smaller chain thrift shops, as well as Ross. I grew up super poor, so even when I had an especially good year in this industry, I still would buy all my stuff from Ross or thrift shops bc that's how I was raised to shop. I have no issue spending $35 on a pair of underwear from the stripper store, but would seriously hesitate in spending more than $8 on a shirt for everyday wear.

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    Mark Cuban pointed out a very obvious overlooked aspect to saving money- if you pay off high interest loans as rapidly as possible (student loans, credit cards, etc...) The saved money on interest IS savings you can invest or put towards something meaningful.

    Knowing how use borrowed money is a very important tool for money management that we don't teach in school.

    Also- for people in serious financial pinches, cash hustles are still king. I am just going to say that. I came from a pretty depressing low income part of an expensive state and MOST people had some sort of hustle to make ends meet. The struggle is real....
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    I second the work binge. You can burn yourself out pretty badly, but whenever I've been in a dire straits this is what I've done. I went hard for a month, pulled doubles at the club. My routine was basically work, eat, sleep, repeat for a month. I did this when I first turned 18 and started dancing. In about 4 weeks I went from having nothing to having a car, an apartment that I completely furnished, and the beginning of an emergency fund. I also tend do this in the winters when money is great so I can take it easy during the summer when money sucks.

    Everyone pretty much touched on the basics. Start to cook from home and buy things like beans and rice in bulk. I used to buy those little frozen bags of veggies that you can microwave if you're feeling lazy and frozen fruit for smoothies. Now I always buy fresh vegetables and fruits and freeze them myself. You get more food for your money this way. I'm sure you already know to buy whole fruits/vegetables and chop them yourself. Meal prepping is great to help you save. I cook big portions so I have food throughout the week. When you're starving and tired, that's when it's tempting to spend $30 on Postmates. If you have food prepped and ready to go, you're probably going to go for that. I'm selling my TV and I canceled my Netflix, because I don't watch them enough to justify the expense. I find myself watching YouTube videos for entertainment.

    Side hustles are great too. I have several. Something I've been doing for almost a year now is selling on Poshmark and Mercari. You'd be surprised how much money in unused/unwanted items you probably have. I sold my iPod, clothes, costume jewelry, bras from before my boob job, bikinis, shoes, purses, small kitchen appliances, makeup/beauty products, empty designer perfume bottles and boxes (Seriously, people will buy. I had some Louis Vuitton boxes I sold for $20-$40 each. Yes, people seriously will pay money for a box with a designer logo.), my Fitbit, candles I burned a few times and decided I don't like, just a few examples. I've made at least a few thousand doing this.

    There are lots of little swaps that I've made to save money, the best one being my Diva Cup. It's $40 and will last you for years. I bought these reusable dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. I use synthetic dish brushes instead of sponges for dishes (much more sanitary, you can reuse them and wash them in the dishwasher). I use a Brita filter instead of buying bottled water. It does take time for these investments to pay off but they will eventually.
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    Totally. I buy ALL my clothes from Savers, Goodwill and smaller chain thrift shops, as well as Ross. I grew up super poor, so even when I had an especially good year in this industry, I still would buy all my stuff from Ross or thrift shops bc that's how I was raised to shop. I have no issue spending $35 on a pair of underwear from the stripper store, but would seriously hesitate in spending more than $8 on a shirt for everyday wear.
    Is like to add to this that you should try to find the locations near nice neighborhoods. They tend to have the best stuff.

    Also there are a lot of great ideas for how to live in a small space now since it's trending. Murphy beds, small personal dish washers, pull out couches, etc. Muti use furniture and furniture that folds up can allow you to live in a very small space which could be cheaper than other places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSugarMonster View Post
    Totally. I buy ALL my clothes from Savers, Goodwill and smaller chain thrift shops, as well as Ross. I grew up super poor, so even when I had an especially good year in this industry, I still would buy all my stuff from Ross or thrift shops bc that's how I was raised to shop. I have no issue spending $35 on a pair of underwear from the stripper store, but would seriously hesitate in spending more than $8 on a shirt for everyday wear.
    Is like to add to this that you should try to find the locations near nice neighborhoods. They tend to have the best stuff.

    Also there are a lot of great ideas for how to live in a small space now since it's trending. Murphy beds, small personal dish washers, pull out couches, etc. Muti use furniture and furniture that folds up can allow you to live in a very small space which could be cheaper than other places. I was just giving someone ideas like those because she was talking about downsizing her living space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rispy_Girl View Post
    Is like to add to this that you should try to find the locations near nice neighborhoods. They tend to have the best stuff.

    Also there are a lot of great ideas for how to live in a small space now since it's trending. Murphy beds, small personal dish washers, pull out couches, etc. Muti use furniture and furniture that folds up can allow you to live in a very small space which could be cheaper than other places. I was just giving someone ideas like those because she was talking about downsizing her living space.
    Downsizing or going without does save tons of money. For example I tell people to skip having garbage disposals in their sinks b/c they break often, get smelly and aren't really needed by most people. Same thing with clothes dryers during the summer, you can hang your laundry in the yard and it's easier/cheaper in so many ways.

    & During winter if you live in a Snow Belt area you can use electric blankets and comforters instead of cranking up the heat or burning more firewood.

    & With online tutorials (DIY network and YouTube have lots of them) you can get help with engine repair, building your own furniture and/or treating non-emergency medical issues at home.
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    (in reply to miss.a.p1600)
    It's *amazing* what ends up in thrift stores, sometimes. Absolutely amazing.

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