10 surprising ways you're wasting money every day
Late payments that incur fees and penalties can be costly.
Deal promptly with the payments you owe.
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Spending subconsciously through auto-charge can be a waste of money. For instance, a gym membership. Other things could be hot products you've heard rave reviews about or items you pick up on an impulse.
Ask yourself exactly how you will use the item before you purchase it.
Buying low-cost, poor quality items might save you money short term, but you end up spending more if you have to keep replacing them.
Do your research before purchasing an item of value.
Many people are motivated by guilt and peer pressure to spend their cash when they don't really want to.
Save money by paying it forward instead of paying for something because you feel pressured to.
When you don't plan ahead, you end up having to buy out of convenience. For example, buying a more expensive lunch on the go.
Keep some items you buy often on hand to avoid last-minute shopping trips.
When you buy sale items without intention, you end up spending money you may not have spent at all.
Being disorganized can cause you to waste money on things you already own.
Take an inventory of what you have — and keep a list of what you need.
Incurring interest on loans can become an expense that costs you daily.
Make paying off your debts a priority.
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Write it down when you’ve gone over your budget. The negativity you feel will help prevent you from overspending more or doing it again. Just think of this step as damage control.
If you try to deprive yourself too much, you’ll binge later and throw all your hard work out the window.
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We are more susceptible to buying stuff we don’t need when we are hungry. The same goes for a leisurely grocery trip.
Make your shopping trip when you have other errands to do and a limited time to do them. You will be less likely to spend time exploring and picking up items that you did not originally plan to purchase.
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Using a cell phone plan that does not suit your needs, or paying for extra services that you do not use can be costing you money each month.
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Soft drinks have one of the highest markups of any restaurant item and thus provide lower value for your money.
Dine out, but consider to rather opt for water.
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