5 smart money habits to start practicing
Do you find yourself hassled every time a financial emergency comes up? The answer is not always making more money.
What if you don’t get another job that pays more money? You also may not be getting a raise soon. Exercising better control of your money habits is more likely to help you secure your financial future. When you do get a better-paying job or a raise, there’ll be a real strategy to achieving even bigger financial goals, such as a house or an annual vacation. With that said, here are a few things you can do.
1) Start saving if you haven’t
Understandably, it’s way easier to say than accomplish. And if you are living from paycheck to paycheck, the thought may seem impossible. You can start by setting a daily target and trying to save this minimum every day. Start with small targets, such as $1, and put it away in a piggy bank so you aren’t tempted to cheat. As you get better at saving, you can increase your targets. If you’d prefer to stash away your money as soon as you get your paycheck, you can use some tools to schedule your saving so it’s all taken care of for you. Making it a point to save something on a regular encourages you to be more money-conscious.
2) Create a daily budget and stick to it
Planning your expenses helps you to reduce unnecessary spending. But it doesn’t end there because sticking to it is what counts. There is no point in drawing up any kind of budget, only to throw it out the window. To control your spending urges, have a reasonable plan that will rule out most of your unnecessary expenses. You’ll be amazed at the amount of money you could have saved instead of blowing. Having some kind of plan also helps you to keep an eye out on your money. You’ll be able to spot what you spend most on and figure out how to reduce it.
3) Plan way ahead for major acquisitions
Feature significant expenses in your long-term plan, instead of saying you need them and doing nothing about it. For example, if you want to buy a new house, factor this into your normal expenditure. You’ll be able to feed financing this house into your daily or monthly expenditure. It will help you evaluate how much progress you’ve made and tweak as and when. Besides featuring your plans for your house or boat into your regular budget, conduct proper research about what is required. For example, seeking mortgage advice when getting a house will help you understand all avenues available to you.
4) Sort out your credit cards
Pay attention to your credit cards and understand what kind of rewards you’re getting from them. There may be rewards that seemed great at the time but no longer appeal to you. Cancel these less than useful cards, such as those you don’t use any longer. Another thing to note is that opting to pay cash helps save money. This is because cards make it much easier to spend more as they make a lot of money accessible to you at once.
5) Eat out less or dine at budget-friendly places
If you can cook, then consider eating dinner at home or spending less dining out by patronising cheaper places. You can also try packing a lunch when going to work, instead of buying lunch at that expensive place around the corner. Now, you’ll have some more money to go to your piggy bank or savings account.
It’s not a great idea to make huge, drastic changes that aren’t sustainable in the long run, as that makes it easier to have withdrawal symptoms and fall away. Remember that some progress is better than none and only you can affect your future.
*this is a collaborative post
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