How to Budget and Save Money: A Guide

Are you struggling to get by each month? Does it seem like there’s always more month left over at the end of your money? As stressful as this feels, take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone.

Did you know that nearly 80% of American workers live paycheck to paycheck? Clearly, your financial situation isn’t something that you alone are doing wrong. It’s become a societal norm to struggle.

However, that doesn’t mean you are destined to live this way forever. You can learn how to budget and save money to dig your way out of debt and find financial freedom.

We’re going to help light the way. Keep reading for everything you need to know.

 

How to Budget and Save Money

Sadly, basic high school education doesn’t cover dealing with money. Most of us have never been taught how to spend money wisely, save for our futures, or make good investments. Fortunately, learning these skills isn’t a steep learning curve, it just requires self-discipline.

Understand Your Spending Habits

First, you need to understand where your money is going each month. Take an objective look at your bank and credit card statements to see exactly how you’re spending your money.

Identify frivolous spending habits so you can start to make changes. Here, you can also determine how much money you can feasibly save or put toward debt.

Set Financial Goals

Learning how to budget and save money means setting financial goals for yourself. You need to have a major goal (like becoming debt-free) built on a foundation of small, milestone goals. Milestone goals are essential for giving yourself small victories to keep motivated.

Make a goal to pay off one debt at a time and put away ‘x’ amount of money each month into savings.

Cut Back on Expenses

Learning how to save money mostly comes down to limiting or reducing your expenses. You can save hundreds of dollars a month by:

Not dining out
Not buying commercial coffees
Cutting your cable
Using only one TV/movie streaming service
Exclusively buying generic products
• Shopping around for discounted products, and checking sites like Raise
(https://www.raise.com/coupons/bass-pro-shops) regularly to see if there are coupons available for the stores you shop at.

If you have medications, research your pharmaceutical choices for maximum savings.

Find Ways to Bring in More Money

Finally, saving money can be difficult, even when you do cut back on costs. In some cases, learning how to budget and save money means bringing in more revenue.

This will require making sacrifices, but they may not be as big of sacrifices as you think. Here are some easy tips for earning more money each month:

Drive for Uber, Door Dash, or Lyft
Go on grocery runs for elderly neighbors
Start doing yard care for people on the weekends
Babysit
Walk dogs
Donate plasma
Manage a small business’s social media
Find freelance writing gigs
Rent out a spare room in your home or apartment
Rent out your car on the weekend
And more

As you can see, there are tons of viable ways to make extra cash. If none of these sound feasible to you, consider picking up more hours at work or getting a part-time job on the side.

 

Looking for More Life Hacks?

We hope you learned a little about how to budget and save money. However, we still have more to offer. If you’re looking for more life hacks on parenting, saving money, home improvement, and more, be sure to check out the rest of our blog before you go.

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