This is a guest post from Joy Mali, enjoy reading!
Spending is something that everyone should be conscious about and by that it means that we should keep track of our money at all times. Most people make use of a budget to list down all of their spending; however, this technique doesn’t work for everyone. Others usually rely on conscious spending alone which is actually fine as long as you break the habit of spending whenever you feel like it. This will require a lot of discipline from anyone but it can really be fulfilling if done properly in the end.
Here are a few more ideas on how to control your spending.
Make Use of Envelopes
A lot of people overlook this technique but they are actually missing out on how helpful it can be. If you often end up overspending on certain things, try to use envelopes for quite some time and see if this technique works out for you. Get an envelope for every category in your expense list, like your grocery bill, entertainment expenses, utilities etc. You don’t have to have a lot of categories just to make this work, you can always start small then work your way to categorizing your envelopes more.
Switch to Gift Cards
Instead of carrying a large amount of cash all the time, try to get in touch with gift cards. This is quite the same with the envelope method but what’s good about this that you don’t have to carry around cash so you won’t be tempted to spend more though you have to be involved with it even more. Try to prepay all of your expenses and make sure that you’ll only get the things that you need. You still have to be careful with this one because some gift cards can have extra fees with it and you may end up spending more.
Make a Schedule
Going to store often will only tempt you to spend more because of the things that you will see. It would be best to plan all of your shopping, grocery buying, personal needs or wants on a regular basis. As much as possible, avoid buying these items after work. This habit can ruin the entire point of controlling your spending and if you keep on doing this, you will also lose track of your money easily.
List down Everything
Most people end up asking the question “Where did my money go?” at the end of every month because they don’t list down the small things. Put some effort into listing down every item that you spend on, vending machines, snacks etc. Those little things can add up and may be the reason why you end up losing everything at the end of the month. Check your list and you’ll realize how much you’re spending on which and if there’s something you can do to adjust it.
If you often find yourself spending your salary from the moment you receive, then this method can really work for you. Go to your bank and ask if they are offering automated transfers so that when you get your salary, a portion of it will automatically go to your savings account. The point of doing this is to get used with the habit of living or spending less so that you’ll have enough money for your savings all the time.
Add a friend
Having a friend join you in with your goals is a lot easier because you’ll have someone to tell to focus on your goals. Just make sure that you trust the person enough to listen to what they’re going to tell you.
Follow these tips to control spending and you will surely be able to save up on your own easily. Whether you are looking for way to save money for your credit bills, rent or simply for entertainment purposes, being conscious about your finances, setting your own goals and checking credit score regularly will do the trick.
About the author
Joy Mali is an active blogger who shares interesting finance management tips over the web that encourages people to manage their personal finances, check credit score regularly and review how credit score changes in different scenarios through a score planner before taking any important financial decision.