7 Habits That Save You From Burning a Hole in Your Pocket

In the time of the COVID pandemic, job loss and recession are almost commonplace. With hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs, there is an increasing need for ways to save money. So if you are someone who would like to learn some tips and tricks to help you save money, this article will be all you need.

Given below are 7 habits that you must follow if you want to secure your financial future:

  1. Reduce expenditure on non-essentials:

Differentiating between essentials and non-essentials isn’t all that easy especially when it comes to an average day in your life. However, in a situation where you have to choose whether a particular expense will leave you starving or not, remembering what you need and what you can’t afford is essential.

Leaving out luxury items, restricting your spending to only what you absolutely need is one way of doing this. Although there are less aggressive methods, this method works best when it comes to saving the most money. If you follow this method, remember to only buy new things once the old ones become near unusable. Consider anything that is unnecessary for your day to day life a luxury that you cannot afford to spend on.

  1. Dine-in:

Until the pandemic came about, the trend towards dining out had kept steadily surging. If you really want to save money, you should remember that dining out is an expense that you should reserve only for special occasions or preferably never.

The cost for each meal you have when you dine out is exponentially more than how much you would spend if you were at home. So remembering to dine in instead of going out every so often can be a real saver to the total amount you spend.

  1. Bank Savings:

Simply remembering to deposit your money into a bank account can be one of the best money-saving tips. By ensuring that you put a share of your money in the bank every month instead of spending it, you will ensure that you have enough money for times where you will require it more urgently. 

Instead of splurging any bonuses you get, try to save it up for a time where you will end up in a deficit of money. A small saving can go a long way.

  1. Investments:

Just like saving your money in a bank is a great way to reduce expenditure, investing your money into suitable stocks or funds, could result in a massive increase in profits for you. However, stocks are quite unpredictable and could also drop just as easily as they rise. Therefore, most salaried individuals who cannot afford to spend time monitoring stocks choose to invest in funds managed by fund managers who do the work for you. This leaves the users with large profits for each investment and can multiply your savings several fold when used wisely.

  1. Creating budgets:

By creating and following a budget, you will save yourself from the stress of having to calculate how every purchase will affect your monetary status and can instead allow yourself a spending amount that you should not exceed. By doing this, you build up the practice of being orderly with your money and thus dropping unnecessary expenditure and realizing the worth of the money in your hands.

This also helps you focus on saving money each year and thus leads to strong personal financial practices.

  1. Using alternatives:

Often it may not just be better for the environment but also cheaper to swap out certain goods for others. This may range from your diet, clothes, or even practices you follow. There might always be a cheaper way to accomplish it which you must look out for.

  1. Putting effort into your Career:

Understandably, not all of us end up with jobs we love, however, with the right attitude, you can take extra classes or work harder and longer in fields which you enjoy and with time you will gain enough experience to apply for a job in that particular field. The worst that can come out of this is an increased pay and distraction from unnecessary spending, but the best that you can end up with is your dream job.

If you follow these tips with diligence, you can be sure that money will no longer be a concern. Instead, you will be making money and planning for the future ahead!

Annika Bansal

Annika "The Chick Geek" is the founder of AnnikaBansal.com. Small Business Sense shares small business ideas, tips and resources for independent Entrepreneurs and Small Business owners.