Most people go through their lives throwing away money. It’s really not that uncommon for someone to drop a couple bucks everyday on a cup of overpriced, mass produced coffee. Without even thinking twice, someone may end up spending $1000 or more on Starbucks in a single year. As crazy as it sounds, it’s not an uncommon situation. Many of you reading this now may be in the group of people who routinely spend money on items such as a morning cup of coffee from Starbucks.
Let’s cut to the chase. The most asked question that I receive via email is “What are good ways to save money?” Usually I reference people to read some articles at BudgetPronto. I’ve really been thinking about it over the past few days. What actually are some GOOD ways to save money? Most of the time, money saving strategies are simply not realistic to implement into your day-to-day life.
So I got out a pen and paper, sat down at my table and scribbled ideas from my brain down onto the paper. My main objective was to find one good way to save money. It needed to be one sentence and easy to remember. This wouldn’t just be another saving money tip shared by some internet guru. This had to be significant and an effective method of saving money.
Whenever you pick up and item or even consider using your money in exchange for a product of any type, think to yourself:
“If I make this purchase now, will I benefit from it tomorrow? “
Rather than blindly spending money, this question will force you to think about how necessary the purchase of a 100-piece-jigsaw-puzzle really is. At first you may try to find ways of justifying purchases after asking yourself this question, but you really need to follow this.
Following this strategy does not mean that life needs to be boring. If you want to take a random vacation and explore the world, still ask yourself the question and I am sure that you will find reasons to go. In fact, following this method may allow you to find more enjoyment in the small things in life. No longer is the cup of coffee you sip in the morning just another $3.50-cup-of-coffee; it is now something that you find REAL enjoyment in.
There are so many good ways to save money. That is truly the point that this entire website is trying to get across. It has always been our goal to help our readers budget in ways that do not restrict their lifestyles.
If you’re ever in need of any other budgeting advice, we have a plethora of information available about frugal living. Ask questions, share information, and make this community even more positive.