We all know that we should probably be spending less money and saving more. However, sometimes that can be a lot easier said than done. In today’s world, where we’re constantly paying for things like fuel, electricity, and food, it seems like you lose money faster than you can make it.
The good news? You don’t have to feel like you’re always fighting a losing battle with your finances. There are steps that you can take to improve your chances of saving more money, without sapping all the fun out of your life.
1. Spend More On the Things that Matter
Have you ever noticed that an expensive pair of jeans could last for several years, while the cheap ones you get from your local store only last a couple of months? The same concept can apply to other parts of your life too. For instance, while it might seem like a good idea to use your savings to buy a cheap run-around car from some guy down the street, you could end up spending a fortune on repairing that vehicle.
Alternatively, if you took out a loan for poor credit to pay for a car from a more reputable seller, you might find that your new purchase lasts a lot longer, and you still have your savings left over for emergencies too.
2. Plan your Spending
One of the biggest problems that people have with money these days, is that they spend it too passively. We allow ourselves to pay for subscriptions month after month without thinking about them, or just pick things up randomly from the grocery store. However, if you plan your spending, you’re a lot less likely to impulse buy.
The next time you’re going shopping for food write a list of the items that you need after thoroughly checking your home for products that you already have available. This will help you to avoid over-spending on items that aren’t going to get used anyway.
3. Make Saving Automatic
Sometimes, automatic payments are a bad thing. For instance, when you automatically renew your annual bills for your car insurance, you don’t give yourself a chance to find a better deal from another provider. However, there are times in life when automatic processes can be helpful. For instance, once you know how much money you have in your budget for savings each month, placing that cash aside into a savings account with an automatic transfer can save you a lot of money.
Using an automatic transfer to move your money as soon as you get it means that you’re less likely to be tempted to spend that cash on something that you don’t really want or need instead.
4. Become more Self Sufficient
There are things in your life that you just won’t be able to do on your own. For instance, you should never try to replace your electrics or update your plumbing without the help of a professional. However, there are other things that you might be able to do with a lot less help. For instance, you don’t need to hire a professional decorator to come and apply new wallpaper in your bedroom if you can watch a video online and learn how to do it yourself.
There are even videos and articles available on the web that can teach you how to repair common household appliances and other issues around your home that will stop you from having to call out a handyman. Once you handle a couple of simple fixes on your own, you’ll feel more comfortable about trying bigger things.
5. Sell What you Don’t Use
Finally, sometimes the best way to make sure that you have more money for saving, is to look for opportunities to save some extra cash. For instance, go through your closets and make a pile of everything that you haven’t used in the last few months. You can sell these items online for extra cash or give the things that you probably can’t sell away to charity.
Not only will selling your excess belongings help you to make some extra money, but it will also get rid of the excess clutter that’s filling your home too. The less clutter you need to find space for around your home, the less you have to spend on things like storage cupboards and boxes. You might even find that by the time you’ve finished your clear out, you could even think about moving to a slightly smaller property.
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