The most common ways of saving money are by using various financial instruments to stock your income. Next on that list is smart mortgage or rent payments. You will notice a common theme in all these methods is being smart about how you spend what you earn.
We end up spending a lot of money on our daily expenditures. You might not even notice how much you’re spending on things you don’t need or habits you can stand to lose. But with some minor tweaks to your everyday life, you might be able to save up a lot of cash without any need for paperwork or applications.
- Ditch your vices.
Habits like smoking and drinking not only cause a lot of damage to your health, they are also very bad for your finances. If you smoke cigarettes and/or drink daily, you have an added expenditure that your income does not cover. Your peers who don’t have either of these vices can spend the money on essentials or something fun that doesn’t get you dependent and blow a hole in your wallet. Also, both smoking and drinking have long term effects on your health which will only force you to spend more money on health care when you’re older. It’s better to just cut the cost when you still can and quit these bad habits as soon as possible.
- Stop relying on your car to go to work.
Cars are a pain when it comes to finances. You have to spend money on the fuel, car maintenance and parking. You can save a lot if you switch yo public transportation to go to work. If you bike or walk to work, you can save even more as you improve your health. If you find that this lifestyle change suits you, you can even sell your car and save up money on any personal vehicle related expenditures in the future.
- Learn some handiwork.
It’s a good idea to not rely on hiring handymen for fixing every little problem around the house. You can pick up some tricks by tinkering around or taking help from the gargantuan collection of Do-It-Yourself videos on the internet and learn minor repair works. This way you won’t have to depend on a stranger’s help every time the faucet starts leaking or some paint peels off the wall.
- Don’t spend money on take-outs and junk food.
If you’re in the habit of bringing home take-out after work every day or just eating chips for dinner: stop. You might feel like you got an unbelievable deal from the Chinese place around the block but spending like this on a regular basis will cost you. Get in the habit of making your own meals at home whenever you can. You can ask a friend, your partner or your roommate to help you get accustomed to it or share their recipes with you if you’re just starting out. If you do this, you’ll be saving money on food every day and that money can go towards something more productive and less obesity-inducing.
- Only buy what you can’t rent.
This advice is mostly for the bibliophiles and the movie buffs. We understand how satisfying it is to own personalized collections of the things we love, but the economy is under enormous strain right now which means it’s important for you to be wise about your money. Become a member of your local library or get a subscription for e-libraries like the Kindle Unlimited, look into video rental stores in your neighborhood or rent movies from the iTunes store. We can guarantee that you’ll end up saving at least half of what you used to spend on entertainment if you just rent instead of purchasing things.
- Stay healthy.
If you try to stay healthy by working out or eating good food, you’ll be taking good care of your body. Your will fall sick less often and probably remain healthy in the future as well. If you stay healthy now it means you’ll need to take fewer days off of work and that will help you earn more. And the long term benefits of having good health won’t require you to spend too much on health care. Whichever way you look, staying healthy is a great way to save up.