10 small changes that can bring big rewards in 2018

Can giving up the little things really make a difference? Below we share some examples of small things that you can do today that might just make the difference between just getting by and steaming forward financially. Pick one out that appeals to you, make a new year’s resolution and enjoy seeing your bank balance increase in 2018!

BYO lunch

You may think it’s more convenient to buy your lunch each day, but there is nothing faster than cooking a little extra for dinner the night before and putting the leftovers in a takeaway container for tomorrow’s lunch. Your waistline will probably thank you too!

Saving: $12 per serve, 5 days per week = $3,210 per year

Swap the caffeine

A coffee enroute to work and another one to keep you going through the afternoon is a ritual for many. But have you ever considered whether you’re actually getting value from your cup or joe, or is it simply a habit? Consider using the office coffee machine or switching to tea.

Saving: $4.50 per cup, 7 days per week = $1,638 per year

Dine smarter

Dining out is one of life’s pleasures so we’re not suggesting you stop. However there are many ways you can do it smarter. Go cheap and cheerful, swap dinner for brunch, hunt out deals, or skip the entree or dessert.

Saving: $15 per dessert, once a week = $780 per year

Cancel the take out

There are some evenings when you just don’t want to cook.  But if you cook extra portions and pop them in the freezer, you’ll have a quick meal and be less tempted to dial for take out.

Saving: $25 per meal, once a week = $1,300

Alternate your drinks

When you’re out having a few drinks, have a water in between each alcoholic beverage. It will slow your drinking down so you’ll spend less. You’ll feel better the next day too!

Saving: $10 per drink, once a week = $520 per year

Ditch the drycleaner

Why not iron a week’s worth of shirts while you’re watching your favourite TV programme? It won’t even feel like a chore.

Saving: $20 per week = $1,040 per year

Hit the pavement

If you live near a public transport zone boundary, consider getting off the bus or train one stop earlier and walking. Not only can it save you a little bit of money, but the walk will do you good as well.

Saving: $1.20 each way, 5 days per week = $624 per year

DIY manicure

There are so many great products on the market that will give you a professional looking manicure at home. It will save you time getting to and from the salon too.

Saving: $40 per fortnight = $1,040

Shop the sales

Grabbing the newest arrival at your favourite boutiques is a great way to make sure you’re paying top dollar. Wait for the sales which usually appear around public holidays and recurring events such as Vogue Fashion Night Out.

Saving: $500 per year

Plan your holidays

Last minute travel is expensive so plan and book your holidays for 2018 now. Consider traveling outside of business hours, on public holidays or in shoulder seasons and you’ll save even more.

Saving: $500 per year

I’m sure you’ll agree that nothing here is that hard to do. To show you how the little things really do add up, the savings from these small ideas alone amount to $11,152. If you’re a couple, this could amount to $22,304 every single year. If you think about where you spend your money, it’s likely that you’ll be able to find further savings just by being smarter. Remember it’s not about going without, it’s about making sure you get maximum value for what you spend your money on.