Does 2014 felt like a frugal year for your savings? Do you think this 2015 you could surpass all that negativity and continue to focus on saving for bigger spending days to come? As I go on with my journey every day, I also learned that if you want to value your hard earned money, you need to take responsibility with all your finances for this year.
If you want 2015 to focus on you saving your money and then continue to build a good and longer lasting relationship with your money, you need to consider these tips and take note of it. This year is your time to spend less and save more.
No More Night Outs
Going out with friends during Fridays or even weekends are definitely a fun time, right? It’s more fun to hang out with friends and just enjoy a fine dining or clubbing. But, if you are eager to save more money this year, perhaps you should tone down the nightlife for awhile. You can switch to watching TV at the comfort of your home.
Netflix has so many new movies that you can enjoy while eating home-made popcorns or jelly donuts with your pet or perhaps you can invite your friends for movie marathon. It’s more efficient and a good way to save more money than spending it out for just one night. If you’re short on cash, finding a way to still enjoy your downtime without breaking the bank is the best of both worlds.
Spend Time Planning Your Meals
Sometimes we just want to pick the things that we want and put it in the grocery cart when we have extra money on our pocket, right? Well, you need to carefully change this attitude now because you might end up spending money on the lesser things that you don’t actually or necessarily wanted or needed.
If you are planning to have a grocery every Saturday or Sunday of the week, make sure you have a meal plan written already. This will give you a lot of time to schedule and write down what are the things you needed to buy for the whole week or month perhaps. This will also wince a little of how much you have spend for foods for seven days.
Also, this way you will only buy what you need and not just order a takeaway one night because you don’t have anything to eat in your fridge.
Know What’s Coming In and Going Out
It’s the only way to stop your financial expenses from spreading too much. You can start by using a spreadsheet and work out with your incoming savings and finances. Afterwards, you should also input your outgoing expenses for the month and in that way, you can see what is left and what is spent with your money. Depending on how much you plan to save each month, once you have your budget you then have no excuse to overspend. It also avoids any money-related stress and can help you with your health condition. Check at least every two days with your bank balance or credit balance.
Goals in Saving Money
Most of us have hard time spending less especially if our demands and supplies are in different shape. If you really want and eager to spend less and save more this 2015, you need to adjust your behaviors in spending too much expenses and start creating a concrete goals to work towards everything.
Follow your goals in saving money and you’ll be surprised with the outcome for sure. Sometimes we have “rainy days” so you better start thinking about it in the first place. Set a target number and then put an action plan to get there. This way you can stay motivated and on track of your expenses from time to time.
No More Emotional and Stress Spending
This is the most common reason why people spend too much of their expenses rather than saving it for the better good. There are things that we call “stress eating”, “panic buying” and even “emotional shopping” that can trigger spending your money on things that are not necessary to your needs. Aside from that, it can only cause you stress and health problems.
If you’re an emotional shopper, next time you feel the urge to spend money you really shouldn’t be spending on, instead explore ways to change the situations that are bringing you down. Keep out of bad spending habits and try something healthy aside from this kind of behaviour. You can talk to someone about your personal problems and do not think about it at all if you are in the brink of losing your finances. That way you can’t have that super guilty feeling by the end of the month.
Keep on doing this and by the time, you might be surprised of how far your money has reached after months of doing this procedure.