6 Habits of People Who Never Overspend (best saving money tips ideas)
In the moment, overspending feels good.
It feels good to spend money. It feels good to have something new. Spending money is an enjoyable way to zone out (it’s an easy way not to think about our problems).
But when we’ve made a habit of overspending, many of our other moments are tinged with stress, and agitation. We want that release of another purchase. But keeping up with the necessities has us feeling like we’re drowning.
Being stuck in a cycle of overspending is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting.
It’s time to consider the habits of people who never overspend.
1. Monitor Your Money
When you don’t monitor your money, it disappears. Why? Because it is so ridiculously easy to spend money! For everyone!
Little expenses pop up all the time. Little indulgences. They feel insignificant. They feel reasonable. But they will sink your bank account.
Does that mean you can’t partake in indulgent spending? Not at all! But you need to do it in a way that allows you to live within your means. How?
Monitor your money.
Give yourself an allowance. Set a limit on how much indulgent spending you can do every month. Keep track of it!
Adjust your spending until your savings grows every month (ideally, you want to save 10% of your monthly income every month).
Are you doing one of these bad habits??
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2. Keep Your Home Tidy
A sign someone may have an overspending problem is a cluttered home.
Stuff is bought, the stuff starts to accumulate, the house becomes more difficult to clean, and before you know it, you’ve got a cluttered home.
Decluttering is a wonderful way to ameliorate a pesky overspending habit.
As you declutter, more and more space starts to open up in your home. You have free courter space, more organization, and more functionality. It becomes clear… space feels good.
And what takes space away? Stuff!
So try keeping a tidy home. When you get the urge to shop online, maybe do a little decluttering instead.
Soon, stuff sounds more like a headache than anything else.
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3. Shop with Function in Mind
There are few things more satisfying that shopping for function. They are the gifts that keep on giving.
Shopping for function means to make your life easier. It makes things easier to clean, easier to organize, easier storage, easier to do chores.
These purchases make being responsible easier and therefore more enjoyable.
So how does spending money help with an overspending problem?
It’s a good mental check. Ask yourself, “Will this product make my life better, easier, or more efficient?” If the answer is no, put the item down. It’s just going to become more clutter in your house.
Save your money for a fun functional purchase. They’re awesome.
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You can set limits on how much they have to spend, so they will have to think twice before wasting money on mindless purchases instead of saving for that Xbox.
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4. Everything Needs a Place
So you want that thing? Okay, where are you going to put it? Does it have a place? Or is it going to become clutter in your house?
If something doesn’t have place, it’s going to become clutter in your home. It’s that simple.
Before you buy, ask yourself, “where am I going to put it?”
This is a super effective check-in before you buy.
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5. Cook Great Food
Food is generally everyone’s biggest expense. Choosing to eat out regularly is crazy expensive and will wreck any budget.
Do what you can to eat in. The key is to keep it simple. Fresh veggies and chicken go a long way.
Fresh vegetables are cheap. Eat more veggies! You can make them taste delicious if you throw them in the oven with some oil and salt. Add some minced garlic and chili powder to make them extra good.
Try cooking veggies this way. Whatever it takes, find a way to love veggies and eat them until you are full. When you fill up on veggies, your grocery bill will drop tremendously.
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6. Take Care
Life is challenging. Everything is constantly changing. We are constantly having to maneuver, change, and adjust just to maintain. It can feel overwhelming. So we overspend.
Remember to take care. Fill your day with productivity. Cut out some social media time. And give yourself time to relax.
Can you set time aside each day to simply be? It can be so nourishing for your nervous system to take a moment to pause and feel yourself breathe.
Enjoy your time. Enjoy your money. Enjoy your life.
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