This question is always in my inbox either on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or even my email. I will give you an answer guys. This time in a blog post that you can always go back to if you have any questions. I was thinking to also make a blog post of how to save money in the daily life, what do you guys think about that?❤
I started working at the age of 13. It was a cleaning job at a doctors office, and I still have this job until this day. It is now my family that does it, but whenever I have a chance too and I am home, I do it as well. All the money I can make when I am home helps.
I had lots of jobs by the time I was 16, sometimes up to three at a time. It was very exhausting. Straight from one job to another. I worked almost every weekend, and also two- three times in the weekdays as well while going full-time to school. I was standing up for 6 hours at one job helping costumers with whatever they needed in the store, then I had to go straight to another job, and barely had time to eat in between- and go to watch some kids at a gym while their parents wore working out. It wasn´t all glamours, not at all. It was exhausting, but I was happy- happy to see my bank account grow. I never bought new clothes unless I actually needed it- not just wanted it. I saved everything I could. I had friends who went out to eat multiple times per week, and sometimes I said no, other times I went there and just had something to drink because I ate before I came and other times I ate with them as well. All the stuff I could save money on I did. I filled gass on Sunday nights/ Monday mornings on my scooter because I saved a couple of $ because it was cheaper. Things like that.
I started helping out at home when I was 13 as well, and I got a monthly salary from my mom. Now, keep in mind, I did live at home (obviously) and my mom paid for all the food and everything. It was just a way for me to learn how to spend my money right, and I can´t thank her enough!
When that´s said, as you might understand I have been working really hard, and I have been saving money since I was 13. I am now about to be 23 in August. I have been blessed to have a mom who always helped out with my money and told me how to spend it. I think it helped a lot that she gave me a monthly salary that was supposed to go to birthdays, clothes, the movies etc. That way I was able to make sure I never spent all the money I had, and saved as much as possible .. Sometimes I saved everything because I decided to stay at home instead of going out with friends. Other times I spent it all. Don´t misunderstand, if I needed more money and it was for the right reason, of course my mom would help me, but she did this for me to learn how to spend money the right way, and that money doesn´t grow on trees(unfortunately..)
I taught to spend money the right way. I taught not to buy things that I necessary didn´t need.. There was often things I wanted, but did I get it? No, because I didn´t need it. If I felt like I really wanted it and couldn´t keep my eyes of it, I would buy it- bring it home, try it on, and 99% of the time I returned it the next day because I realized I didn´t need it, and I can go travel for that money instead. It all depends on your goals. You can still look good on a budget 😉
How I saved money while being young is I never went out to parties, I still don´t. I am not a big fan of partying, going out to clubs, drinking etc.. It´s just not me. I would much rather stay at home, eat some good food and watch a movie instead. I don´t really like alcohol anyway, so that was big savings for me. I saved money on making food at home to bring to school for lunch instead of buying lunch every day. I saved about 15$ a day. I ate lunch once in a while at school and in the cafeteria etc, but not often. If I bought lunch everyday and spent around 15$ (130NOK) I would spend 300$(2588NOK) a month, and that´s only Monday-Friday. You´re welcome. I just helped you save up for a plane ticket somewhere in a month. Imagine if you did this for 3 months- you save 900$ (7764NOK). A trip somewhere with not just plane tickets, but also hotel and food.
I have been very lucky with all my traveling. I am a very open minded person and I absolutely love to meet new people. I have made so many friends around the world and I know people in so may places. Here is just a few of them; London, LA, Atlanta, Dallas, Alabama, NYC, Paris, Barcelona, Dubai, India, Germany, Sweden, Amsterdam, Kuwait, Thailand, Mexico, Monaco, etc etc. I know that I can stay on a couch in almost all of these places, and maybe even get my own room. Every time I travel, I mostly stay for free. I make most of the food at my friends place like breakfast and lunch, and then I go out to eat, other times I eat everything at their house. I save so much on making the food at home!
The plane tickets doesn't have to be that expensive if you travel when there´s no high season. We all know everyone travels when it´s school holidays, Easter, Christmas etc. Don´t travel at that time, but when there is no high seasons like Mid May or in beginning of March. If you´re able to be flexible, you can save a lot of money. A lot!!! I hope this answered some of your questions. And if you want me to make a blog post of how to save money in the daily life as well, I will!