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Learning To Save Your Money

Mar 28, 2008
There are a lot of ways for you to save money, but many people do not have time to sit there and come up with them.

One of the easiest ways for you to save money is to learn to differentiate between what you want and what you need. People often mistake wants for needs and this is where they end up spending a lot more money than they need to every month. You might think that you need a 20 ounce soda on the way home from work at the gas station, but would you thirst to death if you waited until you got home? That is a want, not a need, unless you have a medical reason for needing to get something to drink. In general, avoid purchasing food and other items at gas stations. They are called "convenience stores" for a reason. You are paying a higher price for them being in a "one stop shop" type of location. Before you go to make any kind of purchase, you should ask yourself whether it is something that you can do without.

Try things out before you buy them, especially expensive items. If you think you would like to have a motorcycle, find someone you know who already has one and determine whether you can actually ride one and if it is comfortable for you before you go and spend thousands of dollars on one. Practice a new hobby before purchasing a lot of equipment for it that you may end up never using.

You should also learn that most of the time, spending less money will get you almost the same level of quality in many areas of life. Have you ever paid $70 for a blouse or a pair of pants? Yes? A $20 or $30 pair is probably just as good and significantly cheaper. What about a $200 pair of shoes? Or even worse, do you really need to go out and buy baby clothes at Gap or Old Navy when the child is going to grow out of them in a month or two? Less is more. Let family members buy expensive clothes for Junior and do your baby clothes shopping at Goodwill.

Something else to consider is whether you have too much home for your current situation. Why should a single person be renting or owning a home that has 3 bedrooms if they live alone? Probably not. Move out or get someone to rent out those extra rooms and you'll save a lot. Downsize wherever you can and you'll be surprised how much you can save.

You should also not underestimate the amount you can save by shopping around for whatever it is you're shopping for. Cars, dealerships, homes, electronics... shop around first and try to get a better deal.
About the Author
Rachel Yoshida is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of cash advances and payday loans, particularly in the state of Ohio.
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