It is not too hard to do if you budget and have an average salary.Saving for a large purchase at the end of this year, I have budgeted my life to the extreme. I have a budget on how much groceries I need, I put away money for clothes (if I really need them), I shop for specials and buy in bulk when specials are on. I don't buy things unless I really need them, I don't buy lunches and do food preparation so I am not tempted to buy food when I am out. A little discipline means lots of savings.
It's not difficult. Start by not buying what you don't need then think about ways of buying stuff you do need at a cheaper price. For instance, do you really need a £5k car when a £1k car will do. (A £1k car will probably last a year unless you're really unlucky. Buy another in a year's time.)
I use coupons all the time but only for products I normally purchase. Also use Checkout 51 - again for products we use and just recently redeemed $100. Shop sales, check out garage sales, use the library for books rather than buying them. Cook from scratch instead of buying premade mixes - at least you know what is in the food you are eating.
I started saving one dollar bills again. Almost every time I get one I put it in my cookie tin. Every month I go in and count how many I have. I paper clip them together in ten's. After three months I now have 61.00 ! I'm so happy ! Unusually something happens when I reach thirty dollars and I have to pull them out. My hours have been cut at work so I stopped grocery shopping as much, we are eating what food I have stored up. Except for really good sales. Around August is when we should really start feeling the pinch. That's when the pantry should start being empty. Saving now for a potential downturn. Hopeful though that I get my hours back or pick up something extra on the side.
i do buy a lot of store brands as well. most of the time the store brands are just as good if not better than some brands i have had, the only stuff i am kinda picky about is peanut butter and ranch dressing lol
I like being frugal. Idk why. I was spoiled as a child and for some reason I became a frugal person when I read the book called the frugal gazette. Maybe because I like to craft and repurpose? To me being frugal is fun and helps me get more stuff I want rather than going without.
I'm on a disability, its low fixed income and you are not frugal by your own choice. It is very difficult trying to look after yourself self & stay on top of day to day living. "If its not on sale I don't buy it.