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Great Ways To Save Money

Jan 31, 2008
Everybody wants to save money, but the way you do it versus the way someone else does it may be very different. There are lots of ways to go about saving a little extra money every month and we are here to give you a few ideas.

Try to figure out what you purchase every month that you do not need and scrap it. Get a 20 ounce soda every day after work? Get out your calculator and multiply the number of days a week you work by how much that soda costs you every time you buy it and see how much money you are throwing away. Do you smoke? With packs of cigarettes averaging over $4 per pack, you probably spend over $1,000 to $1,800 per year just on this habit alone! That is enough for a decent vacation or in a lot of cases, a full house payment! Ditch smoking as soon as possible if you are money-minded.

Take a look at your subscriptions and ask yourself if you really need them. I have a World of Warcraft subscription that is billed to my credit card every month, yet I have not actually played it in a month and a half. Cancel any recurring subscriptions that you have that you are not making use of or, if possible, simply purchase the item whenever you do find that you need it.

Something else that is good to practice is paying yourself. As soon as you get your paycheck, take some of it and put it into your savings account. Pay yourself before you do anything and trust me, you will manage to get by. After all, how much does $20 to $50 really help or hinder anything?

Depending on what you want to save your money for, set a savings goal. If it is a small purchase, all you really have to do is find out how much the item costs and by when you want to be able to purchase it. If it is a larger purchase, such as a car or a house, determine how much you want to spend, how much of a down payment you want to have, and by when you want to be able to make this purchase. Be sure that you can attain the goal that you are setting for yourself within the amount of time that you set, because if it is unattainable, you will only become discouraged in the end.

And last, but certainly not least, the best way to save money in the long run is to simply live below your means. This means that you should not extend yourself financially even close to what you are capable of. Make sure that by the time you add up your housing, food, transportation, tax, and health care expenses that you will have more than enough left over to put in the bank. Remember that rich people did not get that way by overextending themselves financially. They were cheap and always hunted for a bargain and so should you.
About the Author
Dror Klar 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 California.
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