Budgeting: Tips for Spending Less
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Budgeting: Tips for Spending Less

How to Spend Less and Save More

You work hard to earn your money, so why do you simply toss it away? Most people are creatures of habit. They develop unhealthy patterns of spending that ultimately cost them their livelihood. On a positive note, it’s never too late to change directions and make the practice of spending less a way of life. 

Where You Should Invest Money

Investing
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There are things that you should spend money on that, in return, will end up costing you less and improving your health. Buying high-quality, comfortable work shoes and upgrading to a central heating and cooling system are two examples. The shoes will allow you to remain comfortable and put less stress on your back, and the central heating/cooling system will keep your home at a comfortable level. 

Clothing and Accessories

If you have a large family, you know all too well the continued expense of replacing clothing and accessories. This is also true for adults who work in the office and have to dress a certain way. Buying new clothes every few months can really put a strain on any budget. The good news is many online clothing stores sell quality clothing for a fraction of the suggested retail price. Another way to save money on clothing is to buy at the end of each season. Most stores have racks of merchandise that they need to unload to bring in the new supplies. 

A New Car

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If you’re like the majority of the population, you hang onto your vehicle until you spend a few months back and forth at the auto repair shop. After a few things go wrong, you start your search for a replacement. Owning a brand-new vehicle is exciting. However, the price tag is very high, and the wiggle room for reducing it is almost non-existent. Another option is to purchase a certified pre-owned vehicle. First, the mileage is low, and second, the price is much more affordable. People who lease vehicles must return the car in good condition and with low mileage. If you live in a state that charges excise tax, you’ll also benefit from an older model. If you must have a new car, then make sure to purchase one in September or October, just prior to the roll-out of the new year’s inventory. 

Bundling Services

By now, bundling services should be standard practice. However, many people still don’t understand how much they can save. You can reduce your insurance bill by up to 20 percent by bundling your home, auto, and life insurance with the same company. That means if you currently pay $400.00 combined, you can reduce your payment to $320.00, a savings of nearly $100.00. 

Planned Vacations

You look forward each year to going on vacation. You often travel to new and exciting places around the world. One way to save money on your next vacation is to book the trip early. Use sites such as Priceline and TripAdvisor to get the best deals and then book it. Also, make sure to use your cash back or free miles rewards to double down on your savings.  You can enjoy a great vacation while spending less.

Don’t Go Hungry

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Food shopping outings can add up to $200.00, $300.00 or $400.00 each week, depending on the size of your family. Hitting the stores after work when you’re more likely to be hungry and unprepared, will end up costing you more. Instead, make a comprehensive list of the healthy foods that you need. Then compare local grocery stores to see who has the best prices. You should also search online for printable coupons to further enhance your savings.

Fortunately, there are many ways to save money each day. Budgeting your money is a healthy step in the right direction. Before you spend a cent, make sure you do a thorough price search to enjoy the best savings.  Taking small steps will help you towards your goal of spending less so that it becomes a way of life. 

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