Day to Day Financial Hacks

Written by Ruchi Nagrecha

Ruchi Nagrecha is a developer-turned-Digital marketer passionate about writing content, fashion & marketing. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her traveling, partying, and curating experiences for her passion project.

March 1, 2020

Saving money doesn’t have to be a numbers game, anyone can accomplish it with proper planning and discipline. Instead of putting off the practice until you reach certain milestones like that next raise, make saving a priority every day to secure your financial future.

Follow these money-management tips in your daily life to watch the savings add up.


Build a Money-Management System

It’s easy to blow through your paycheck if there’s no rhyme or reason to your spending. Creating a systematic approach to everyday spending and saving through these tips can help you save more.

  • Evaluate your spending before building a budget. Document what you buy, where, and in which spending category for 30 days to gauge your spending habits. This approach will ensure that your budget is rooted in reality.

  • Set a monthly budget. Use budget spreadsheets, software, or old-fashioned pen and paper to plan incoming deposits and outgoing expenses. Once you have established a budget, exercise the discipline needed to stick to it.

  • Track your spending on an ongoing basis. Schedule a time and day each week to compare your actual spending against your budget to avoid overspending and realize opportunities to save any extra incoming deposits.

  • Pay for day-to-day expenses with cash. Evaluate your budget and determine spending categories you can switch to cash-only payments (for example, entertainment or dining). Whereas credit card payments can tempt you to make impulse buys, cash helps you stick to your budget because you can’t spend any money you don’t have.


Adjust Your Shopping Habits

From groceries to petrol, some purchases are unavoidable. Fortunately, you can save money on day-to-day expenses using these tips.

  • Buy in bulk. Buy your groceries in bulk at wholesale stores. Prepare a meal plan once a week so that you buy only what you need.

  • Shop secondhand. Explore garage sales, eBay for items you need.

  • Buy less. When you buy at retail stores, buy fewer items, and focus on purchasing higher-quality items. You’ll find over time that quality items actually cost less per use than lower-priced items because they last much longer and often have classic designs that don’t go out of style.

  • Compare prices. Look up prices online before buying something at a store to determine whether another store sells the same item at a lower price. When shopping online, always check for and use coupon codes.

  • Borrow instead of buy. Items that you don’t need to own to enjoy can be borrowed from friends or neighbourhood resources.

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