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How many times have you gone window shopping to look at items you wished you could have? We all do it. There’s a desire for more in all of us. Whether it’s more time, more wealth, or more stuff. We just want more.
Ways to Stop Spending
Yet, it’s that desire for more than can lead us to a life with even less. When you spend more than you have, it could mean losing everything.
This is where a budget can save you.
Once you look at your spending habits, you can narrow down the needs vs. wants and set a realistic budget. Determine your areas of weakness and where you can save.
Find ways to stop spending needlessly.
- Pack a lunch rather than eating out. Sandwiches, salads, and leftovers with a healthy beverage or a bottle of water can be both delicious and nutritious. Perhaps even more so than most take-out food. Plus, once you begin to add up the savings, it could mean the difference between paying a bill or going without.
- Speaking of eating out, cook more at home as well. We live in a fast-paced world where instant gratification can make things easier and more convenient. This is seen in the amount of fast food restaurants. However, old-fashioned home cooking can create togetherness with the family, as well as put money in your pocket.
- Drink more water. Think about it. The more water you drink, the less you eat! It helps you stay fuller longer so that you won’t eat as much. I like drinking Niagara Water because it is always priced at a value and being properly hydrated has excellent health benefits.
- Invest in energy saving products at home. From smart thermometers to energy-efficient light bulbs to appliances, do your research and find products that fit your lifestyle and help stay on budget.
- Sell your used items. When you want new clothes, consign your old ones. Want a new couch? Sell the one you are currently sitting on. Like the latest smartphone? Trade in your old one. More often than not, there is someone out there that wants your old stuff and will pay you for it.
It’s not easy to “want” and not have the resources to get the things you desire. It often takes dedication and perseverance to start moving in a positive direction. This can be true for accomplishing anything in life.
With finances, if you want to keep control of your budget, only buy the things you can afford.
What tips do you have for spending less?
Living within your means keeps you more financially stable and you will better appreciate everything you work hard to gain.