Saving money is not an option – not in a world where economic instability has become the rule that guides us through the years and through the decades. And yet, a lot of people don’t save enough money – precisely because it is definitely not easy to do so.
Following, we have gathered some of the simplest and most efficient ways to help you save money – so read on if you want to find out more.
Set a clear goal
If the idea of being financially stable in case something bad happens is not motivating enough, setting a clear goal for your money saving pursuits may help you stay on the right path. Be very decisive and very detailed about your goal, though.
Decide how much money you want to save and until when. Decide how much of the saved money you will want to spend at the end of the year and on what. Decide how much money you want to save every month to reach your yearly goal. Whenever you feel like “falling off the wagon” with your spending, think of your final goal and of the item you have decided to buy at the end of the year.
Plan your meals
Really, do it.
Sure, it may seem boring to sit every Saturday and plan every single bite you will take in the following week. But the truth is that this is one of the healthiest things to do – both when it comes to your own body and when it comes to the health of your finances.
Take a pen and a sheet of paper, sit down and think of your meals. Think of the things you can cook in larger batches and refrigerate for future meals. Think of the items you need to add on your grocery shopping list and of the things you already have in your home. More importantly, make sure you stick to your grocery shopping list no matter what.
Sell your things
… not the things you actually use, obviously. But those huge piles of junk gathered in your closets, in your garage and in your attic. Those are things you will never use again (that’s why they were put there in the first place). They are just taking the space and not offering you anything in return!
Organize a garage sale and sell all of the stuff you really don’t use anymore. If you are left with any of these items, donate them to charity. It will still be a much better thing to do than simply pile them up around the house!
Use customer reward programs and coupons
Yes, it may not seem like a 10% discount or $1 off a product is a lot. But when you gather all these savings and when you know how to maximize them (such as using the rewards cards on something that’s already discounted), you can really save a lot of money.
It does take a bit of practice and attention to detail, but it will be more than worth it in the end!