This is a guest post by Emma B. Joyce, a blogger based in Australia. and a true home decor and DIY fanatic.
Do you find yourself looking at your bank account feeling surprised and confused? Regardless of how much money you earn, you constantly feel like you’re not in control of how much you’re spending? Even when you plan on saving money, you end up spending it all on unexpected expenses?
Don’t worry, it happens to all of us.
What you need to know is that you don’t have to give up anything and still manage to save money. However, this doesn’t really come overnight, but you should develop a few new habits.
So, if you’d like to know how you can save a few bucks, take a look at some of these suggestions.
What does it mean to shop smart?
First of all, it means you should be aware of discounts. Buy only what you need at the moment at any price, but when it comes to buying supplies or long-term necessities, wait for them to be on discount and then buy loads.
You can also visit mega markets outside of town, they usually have lower prices, so you might consider this next time you need to go and buy a bunch of things. If you shop mainly online, be aware of when certain retailers have their biggest sales during the season, or even the year, such as Amazon Prime Day.
Using coupons is merely a matter of habit.
Those of us who don’t usually use them always think how we should, and yet we never do. We simply admire some of our friends’ abilities to find such amazing offers.
Well, it’s not that difficult, you can do it, too. It just takes a little time to do some research on websites that offer coupons for various things. They’re even divided into categories! Start small; for example, buy a massage coupon or a lunch or dinner. After you realize how simple it is, you won’t be able to stop.
Many people think they need to give up a vacation because money is tight. Well, sometimes this is true.
However, at other times, it’s just a matter of good organization.
For instance, if you’d like to travel to the seaside in the summertime, try and find out when you’re going to be free from work and book a vacation well in advance. This will enable you to have the vacation you wanted at a much lower price.
Traveling off-season is also a good way to save some money. Sometimes it’s even better because there are fewer tourists around you and the atmosphere is more peaceful.
Know when not to spare money.
Sometimes saving money in the long term means spending lots of it at one time.
You need to learn to make a difference between situations when it pays out to buy something cheap and when it definitely doesn’t.
One of these things is repairing your house. For example, quality electrician services are always worth it; they may be expensive, but your electricity bill will be much higher for months if you hire a bad service.
Stick to your budget.
This is a tricky one, especially since people are prone to forgiving themselves for mistakes.
Perhaps setting a monthly budget is too difficult, but try and set a weekly budget and stick to it.
It will do you no harm if you skip that third coffee today or that candy snack you feel like eating.
Set aside money for things you actually need and leave the rest for luxuries. This way, you won’t have existential problems and you’ll be able to balance your additional expenses more easily.
Save extra money.
There will come a time when you receive an unexpected bonus at work or a gift. Since you didn’t count on this money, you should leave it aside and save it.
Surprising expenses may and will arise, so why wouldn’t you already have a stash that can solve your problems instead of struggling when having to overstep your limit?
As you can see, you don’t really have to give up luxuries in order to save money; it’s all about good timing and good organization.
If you follow these tips, you’ll surely be able to save money. Of course, the results take some time, but they will come.