Whether you are trying to budget your money, pay off debt, or save like crazy. These smart ideas can help you take control of your money.
Smart Ideas To Take Control of Your Money
Getting fed up with trying to cut corners? Running out of ideas to help you “find” money to move you forward to financial freedom?
I have come up with some Smart Ideas to Take Control of your money. Some of these ideas are hopefully refreshing light bulb moments of opportunity.
Often times we get stuck in a rut with our current ways and are finding that we are not meeting our financial goals as fast as we like. I have heard it said over and over again, “every penny counts”. That they do, but when it takes longer to save that penny or invest it, you often lose that oomph to continue on.
Don’t give up hope! If after reading through these ideas, I would love to know which ones gave you that light bulb moment and those that you are going to test out.
Invest an Entire Check Without Feeling it
Most of us are paid 26 times over the course of a year. That is being paid on every two-week pay schedule. That means, that twice a year we could be receiving paychecks three times in a month instead of the average of.
Mark these extra paychecks on your calendar and plan to use them as an investment, make an bigger car payment, pay off bills or place in your savings account. These extra paychecks can really help out in a major way.
Declare a No Spend Day (or Week)
Take the stress of needing to spend off your plate. A smart idea to help you control your money is not to spend it. I often like to take a week or weeks off from spending.
No spending means, not grabbing that cup of coffee into the office or going out to lunch with co-workers. I plan meals around my no-spend day (week). Cleaning out pantry items that have been sitting around for a while.
Whether you choose it for a day, week or month, it’s beneficial just like a reset. You can take that money that would have spent and pay off a monthly bill or put it away in savings.
Ask for Presents That Save You Money
If friends or family are asking about what you would like for your birthday or Christmas. Don’t feel embarrassed about presents that can help put you back on to financial success. It does certainly beat receiving a gift that you won’t use or possibly regift.
Gift ideas can include memberships (gym, zoo or museums). Places your family would utilize but without your extra expense. More and more people are turning towards gifts that provide experiences (lasting memories) instead of stuff that clutters.
Time Big Ticket Pricey Buys
Unless you need to run out and buy a new refrigerator because your current one just bit the dust, why not wait. Did you know that big-ticket items have designated (often multiple) sale periods throughout the year?
Sale items typically run based on season, sports-related events or holidays. As an example, planning that big super bowl party? February is the money to purchase TVs. August is the month for back to school, take advantage and grab that new laptop you have been wanting.
Want to find out more about these sale items, read: The Best Time to Buy Anytime – A Month to Month Grocery Sale Cycle Guide (specific to only grocery food) or read: What to Buy Every Month of the Year (Specific to retail items).
Use Completed Debt Payments To Save More
If you just finished paying off your car or a student loan, keep making those payments towards another goal. Use that extra money to pay off another student loan, or bill.
Don’t have another bill to pay off? Place that money in your savings account or start building adding into your 401(k). It is an easy way to build your retirement fund without feeling stretched. Just doubled check your plan for allowable contributions and limits.
All in all, having that extra payment working toward building your savings account or paying off another bill is a smart idea.
Don’t Assume You Can’t Bring Your Own Food
Recently my family and I attended a baseball game and made our food purchases int the stadium. On top, of paying for the tickets and food, we spent a lot more than what we would have liked too.
Snacks and drinks are so expensive at events, especially sporting events. Do a little research before heading out to the movies or the game and see if you can bring your own. Even if they only allow you to bring in an open plastic bottle, grab it, and fill it with water once you are past the ticket stand. Bottle water can cost you up to $5. YIKES!
Budget With a Gift Card
If you are finding that you like to splurge during the week, do it, but limit yourself. We can often go overboard and not even realize it. A smart idea is to purchase a gift card and set yourself up with a monthly budget.
That budgeted amount would be allotted to the gift card and could only be used during the month for splurge purchases. Once your gift card is spent, you are officially cut off from shelling out anymore. Giving your control over your money.
A great program to look for gift card deals is Raise.com.
And there you have it… Some Smart Ideas To Take Control of Your Money!
Which money management idea are you going to implement first?
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