When it comes to finances, what would you like to do differently in the new year? When looking at your money and the way you spent it last year, what needs to change?
Here are a few things you should remove from your budget in the new year:
Unnecessary daily expenses: We all like coffee every day. But do you really need Starbucks every morning? It’s gets very expensive if you spend at least $5 a day buying coffee. That’s $25 each work week and $100 or more a month! This will eventually add up to well over $1,000 at the end of the year. Instead, stock up coffee to brew at home and use the price difference to beef up your emergency fund.
Phone apps: The vast majority of phone apps are free, but for a lot of people – spending 99 cents on one here and there doesn’t seem like a big deal. If you’re one of those people who spends a lot of time on your smartphone throughout the day, then it might be time to think about which apps are costing you money (whether it’s up front or from in-app purchases).
Spending with coupons: You’re probably thinking, “this sounds like saving money!” While coupons can be helpful tools, they’re only helpful if the coupon is something you were already planning on buying. Don’t be swayed by a deal or discount if it’s not something you need. Buying things you want (and don’t need), is an easy way to throw money away. Make smart or necessary purchases, and use coupons to make those buys even better.
Kick the new year off right – think savings instead of spending!
Article Source: John Pettit for CUInsight.com