Times are getting tough for many people financially speaking, and more people than ever are looking at tightening their belts to make ends meet.

If you are one of them, but you still want to have a good time in life, here are some of the most painless ways you can start to tighten your financial belt right now:

Learn basic butchery skills

If you’re looking to save money and pick up an affordable new hobby, learning how to fillet fish, bone a chicken, and grind your own pork is a great way to do that and ensure that you eat well even if the grocery bill is a bit tighter than it used to be.

Fix things

Most of us, when something breaks, will go out and buy a new one. Sometimes, this really is the most economical way of doing things, but often it is not. So, next time something breaks, instead of simply throwing it out and hitting the store, look up the cost of appliance parts and labor, or even better, how to make the repair yourself, and if it’s cheaper than buying new, do that instead. You might even learn a few handyman skills that could make you a few extra bucks too!

Cycle to work

If your commute is not too far, then consider investing in a bicycle and cycling to work instead. By doing so, you can not only save money on the cost of gas, but you can get in lots of free exercises, which means you might not need that expensive gym membership after all.

Audit your subscriptions

How many subscriptions do you have to things like Netflix, Patreon, Inkl, and the like? Probably a lot right? How many of them do you actually use? If you don’t use your subscriptions frequently, cancel them and you will save a bunch of money in a totally painless way.

Rent your threads

Going to a fancy wedding or corporate event and want to look the part? Instead of paying a fortune for a tailored suit, try renting a designer tux instead. You’ll save a bunch of money while also ensuring that you’ll be one of the suavest guys at the event – what’s not to love?

Do things off-season

Whether it’s taking a vacation in the winter months or scheduling contractors to help you move in the fall, scheduling ass many things as you can for that particular industry’s off-season will see you save a bunch of money. Yes, you will need to get organized, but if it means you can take that vacation or you can get that roof repair done, it has to be worth it, right?

Turn things off

With the cost of energy soaring, one really painless way to save money and tighten your belt is to simply start turning off those games consoles, TVs, and appliances when you aren’t using them so that they don’t end up costing you dearly.

just because you need to save money, doesn’t mean it has to be painful!