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Here Is a List of 7 Painless Ways That You Can Cut Your Spending

Switch To Store Brands

Store brand products are often just as good as name brands. Make the switch to the bargain labels, and you'll slash 25-50 percent off of your weekly grocery bill. 

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Here Is a List of 7 Painless Ways That You Can Cut Your Spending

Here Is a List of 7 Painless Ways That You Can Cut Your Spending

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Ask For a Better Deal

Call all of your service providers —phone, Internet, cable, etc. — and ask them to give you a better deal. You may just be surprised at what they're willing to offer to keep your business. 

Shop To Save

Challenge yourself to save more every time you shop by looking for things on sale or clearance. When you're always on the lookout for a bargain, there's no end to the money that you can save; and soon it becomes a game that you look forward to playing.

Switch To Store Brands

Store brand products are often just as good as name brands. Make the switch to the bargain labels, and you'll slash 25-50 percent off of your weekly grocery bill. 

Shop With a List

To keep impulse shopping from taking hold of your budget, make a habit of shopping with a list. Jot down everything you need, and then only shop for those items.

If you are tempted to add an extra item to your cart, go home and think about it first. If you still want the item, add it to your next shopping list.

Plan Meals

To be less tempted to eat out, plan what you'll make for dinner. Then, consult some free meal planners, shop for all of the ingredients, and try some new recipes. 

Carry Snacks

Eating out always costs more than eating at home. Avoid this cost entirely by keeping snacks on hand at all times. 

Use It Up

Before you buy something, see if you can find something you already own that'll meet your needs. This simple exercise will help you spend less and clear out some of the clutter in your home.

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Shopping when you’re hungry

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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Common budgeting mistakes

  1. Not Tracking Expenses: it's impossible to stick to your budget if you don't know where your money is going.
  2. Buying on Impulse: Impulse buying is expensive.&nb...

Tracking expenses

One of the ugly truths about budgeting is that when you keep track of your expenses, it’s painfully clear when you’ve gone off track. 

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.

Being frugal and miserable

If you try to deprive yourself too much, you’ll binge later and throw all your hard work out the window. 

A spending binge can set you back far more than treating yourself occasionally, so go for the occasional minor splurge. Just keep your treats within your spending limits and you’ll be fine.

Keep everything as simple as possible

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Don’t ever let your “future self”...

...take care of your current situation.

Your future self might have more income, but it’s also fairly likely that your future self might have less income and you’ll find yourself in a really bad situation. 

Even if your future self is doing well, there are probably going to be other big expenses that you’ll want to deal with at that time, like buying a house.

Focus on...

  • Building an emergency fund: set up an automatic weekly or monthly transfer from your checking account to your savings, then leave the savings alone until an emergency appears.
  • Eliminating high-interest debt: Set up a simple debt repayment plan by organizing your debts by interest rate, then attempt to make a double payment on whatever debt has the highest interest rate.
  • Saving for retirement: It will actually end up being a much smaller burden than you expect,  lifted up by the pleasure of knowing that you’re securing your retirement.

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