There are ways to save money on everything fun, but The Simple Dollar advises not to cut costs there — at least, not at first. Instead of getting rid of luxuries first, you should first be looking at the things in your life you don’t care as much about.
Don’t start with the things that seem important, though. Start with the less important things and work from there so that you can see how painless saving money can be.
For some, there’s a third group — things that seem like they should care about. You might get an instinctive response in your gut to not cut certain things… but you didn’t really even think about cutting in those areas before you read about it on a tip list. Ignore that immediate gut reaction and try cutting those things.
The post has some good examples, like going for a generic laundry detergent brand if you don’t care much about that, or even making your own.
The basic advice here is that the things you enjoy are probably part of your routine and cutting those will make you unhappy. Instead, by saving money on things you don’t care about, you realise that cutting back does not hurt much at all — and that let you experiment with cutting costs in other areas too.
Don’t Cut Where It Hurts (At Least, Not at First) [The Simple Dollar]