"5 Tips to keep your spending under control all year long"
Financial management is a New Year's Resolution for many people. Goals need to be specific in order to be obtainable and simply "spending less this upcoming year" is too broad of a goal. In order to be in control of our finances, we must first have a change of attitude. I've created a list of 5 small changes that can help you have a change of attitude about your finances.
- Make a list of priorities in your life and post it where you can see it daily. Before making any purchases ask yourself "How does this purchase fit into my priority list?" If it doesn't, then it's not worth spending money on.
- Before purchasing small things, think about how the money you spend now could be used on something more important to you. That daily Diet Coke or coffee adds up over time.
- Break purchases into per use cost. This will give you a long term perspective on what it costs to own this item.
- Purchase only what you need. Just because you find an amazing deal on something, doesn't mean you have to clear the shelf of that item.
- Simplify your life. Declutter and clean your space. You might find things you previously bought that you forgot you had. This will save you time and money because you won't be buying duplicates.