It’s so easy to spend money willy-nilly because let’s be honest, it’s pretty convenient. With a number of ways to pay from contactless to using PayPal, we can sometimes pay for something only to forget that we paid for whatever that thing was. And, it isn’t so pretty when we can’t face looking at our bank balances. So, what are some easy tricks we can do to help us stop spending money?
1. Make some extra money
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2. Set yourself a budget
Some people prefer a weekly budget and others a monthly one. Take a look at your schedule and see how you want to make your budget a habit. Give yourself an allowance, either by cash, by debit, or split it fifty-fifty both ways! As you spend here-and-there, you will see your money decrease. Having cash forces you to notice the pace of how your money decreases and having a fixed debit-amount also forces you to keep track of where you are spending your money. Either way, giving yourself a budget and sticking to it is an effective way to stop spending money.
3. Pack snacks and lunches
Eating out is probably the one thing many of us don’t hesitate to spend our money on because it’s quick and easy. But if we are not careful, we can end up spending way over what we anticipate. That’s why having a packed lunch is a great way to stop the unnecessary food spending. There are a ton of awesome recipes from breakfast to dinners. Plus, knowing that you created and packed it is an extra assurance of knowing what you are eating!
4. Be realistic
Sometimes our eyes are able to look at something that catches our breath away so much that we ignore the price of the object. Sure, it looks pretty. But take a second to think about making that purchase. If you really want it, get it. But make sure you’ve budgeted for it. There is no harm in wanting something for yourself. Definitely, take the time to treat yourself once and awhile! Being realistic and taking a moment to think about a purchase is able to keep you from spending those precious coins.
5. Stay on top of everything
This can be easier said than done. ‘Never a borrower or a lender be’ that’s what my granny always used to tell me! Being on top of your finances falls under knowing what it means to be a Career Girl. So while building credit is a good thing to do in the long run, you need to be smart and very careful about it. In other words, use the credit card for emergencies not because you really want something and you know you’re getting paid next week. Make conscious decisions on what is needed at the moment, apart from what can wait until you can afford it.