How can you spend less if you don't know what your spending now? You would be surprised to see how $5 here and $2 there adds up. This seems to be where people fail. The thinking is, "It's only $5." Well it's five dollars today and five dollars tommorrow and so on. After a month of just five dollars a day and pretty soon you've spent $150 dollars on what? What could you do with $150 dollars? The idea is that if you cut back on the frivilous things, you can enjoy spending more where it really matters. That's called budgeting.
This is not an easy change. It's a habit that you have and breaking habits is hard to do.
- Start by eliminating needless costs, like the doughnuts at the grocery store or the candy bar at the checkout.
- Plan your errands out so that you get it all done in one trip, in order to save gas. Mow the lawn instead of paying someone to do it for you.
- Give yourself a spending allowance for groceries and always take a list and a calculator.
- Shop naked! Leave your credit cards at home.
- Only take $20 dollars in cash, this will prevent you from overspending.
Soon you will be saving pennies and spending dollars. Whether you are saving for a fantastic vacation, trying to pay off your debts or just trying to live within your means, these tips can help you achieve your goals. You just have to have a goal first and then plan a budget.
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