If you want to better your financial situation and start saving money that you can put aside to pay off debt or to invest, you can do that by making small lifestyle changes that will have a positive impact on your finances.
These small lifestyle changes will positively impact your finances.
1. Practice Delaying Gratification
A great way to save money and improve your financial situation is by practising delayed gratification. For example, if you want to make a large purchase save up until you can pay for it in cash, instead of buying in on credit. By waiting before you can actually afford to purchase the item you might end up realising that you don’t really need it after all and if you do, then at least you can pay for it in cash and don’t have to worry about going into debt because of it.
Trying to “keep up with the Joneses” is a sure-fire way to overspend and even end up in debt in some cases. There is never a reason to try to out-compete your neighbour when it comes to luxury items, fancy holidays or who has the bigger swimming pool in the backyard.
If you find yourself competing with your neighbour on a level that affects your finances, stop immediately before you end up in debt. Your neighbour will most definitely not pay your debt for you and there is really no reason to “keep up with the Joneses”.
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3. Track Your Spending
Once you start tracking your spending, you can easily identify the areas where you are spending too much and could cut back to save money. A great way to track your spending is using spending tracker mobile apps or if you prefer you can simply use pen and paper to write down each line item.
Tracking your spending could act as a wake-up call once you realise how much you spend on things such as coffee, eating out or alcohol.
4. Ask Yourself “Do I Really Need This?”
Another small lifestyle change that will positively affect your spending habits is simply asking yourself “do I really need this?” before making a purchase. If the answer is “no”, then you just don’t buy it. This simple question can help you avoid impulse buys and overspending on unnecessary items.