There are lots of tips and tricks to save money. A lot of times we even know we’re wasting money, but we don’t do anything to change it. Sometimes we enjoy what we get in return for that money, sometimes it’s easier when we spend the money, and sometimes we’re in denial that we’re throwing money away. Whatever the case may be, here are a few ways you may be tossing your money away.
Paying for a gym membership: A lot of people with gym memberships make good use of their membership cards. Some signed up as a new year’s resolution and have made good progress since that time. Then there’s those of us who haven’t been in the last month or two (or more), and are basically flushing money down the drain. If you truly aren’t using your gym membership, see if you can freeze it – or cancel it altogether.
Eating fast food: Yes, it’s delicious. You probably think it’s quick and easy, and while that may be true, you’re forgetting one thing. It also used to be cheap. That’s not the case these days. You’re much better off going to the grocery store. A meal that costs $12 at the drive-thru can probably be made by you at home for $4.
Grabbing a quick snack: You probably look at a quick stop at your local Wawa (or wherever your favorite snack spot is) as no big deal. It doesn’t even crack your budget. Spending 2-3 dollars isn’t a huge thing, but when you start doing it every day it can be a problem. Before you know it, you’re spending each week what you would spend on a couple of fast food trips without budgeting for it. Be careful your snacks don’t get out of control and break your budget.
Buying items on your smartphone: Making purchases on your smartphone is a super-easy process these days. You can search on your phone and buy something on Amazon in less than 20 seconds. You can buy cool apps and songs with the touch of your finger. Be mindful of these purchases however, because if you’re not careful, they’ll really add up.
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Article Source: John Pettit for CUInsight.com