Spending and saving habits are important whether you are trying to scale back your budget or if you are saving for something specifically! If you are looking for money saving tips and money saving ideas, this is the blog post for you!
This blog post features tips and ideas that are perfect for anyone looking to save money. Keep reading to find out more!
If you are new to saving money, the first step is to document everything that you spend money on. The reason why this is so important is because without documenting how you spend your money, it is difficult to know how much money you are spending and what you are spending on. Beginning to document this will be a good first step in becoming more aware around how you are spending your money and what you can cut back on. One example of an expense tracker that could be used is Mint.
Next, once you have started documenting what you spend your money on, start brainstorming what you can cut out of your budget. If there is something that you’ve been spending on that isn’t an absolute requirement, consider cutting it out for a week to see if you really need or miss it.
Now that you’ve focused on what you don’t need, consider what is a non negotiable and what you absolutely need to spend money on. Getting clear on these requirements will show you what is actually a necessity and what can be cut out of your budget, even for a short period of time.
When assessing how you spend more money, list out some alternatives for your more expensive habits. For example, if you go to Starbucks 5 days a week, consider making coffee at home 3 days of the week and just buying Starbucks on Mondays and Fridays. Additionally, if you enjoy shopping, consider shopping at thrift stores rather than purchasing brand new items.
Next, you must outline your goals. So if you want to save an extra $500 over the next two months, what exactly do you need to cut out so that you can pocket that extra money. To meet your goal, you must get specific on what you need to save each month, each week, and each day in order to meet your goals.
To get more organized, I recommend planning your budget out in a spreadsheet. You could list each expense either in a column or row, and then total your monthly expenses. Take your total monthly income, subtract your total monthly expenses, and that is what you could save every month.
If you are someone that has a difficult time saving money if it is in your bank account, consider allocating a certain % of your monthly income into a savings account each month. This way, you will be able to save more money without needing to think about how much to take out every month.
If you need to purchase something outside of your essentials, plan purchases ahead of time. This will help you to be more intentional about your purchases and avoid impulsive spending.
When saving money, one key is to minimize credit card debt. One thing that you can do is to be sure to only spend money that you have and to pay off your cards at the end of every month.
Finally, to track your progress, set time every two weeks or at the end of each month to see how you did. Assess how much you spent and what you purchased to determine whether you need to adjust your strategy.