As it feels as though COVID has put some things on hold, you may be looking for money-saving ideas for early retirement, world travel, or just an emergency fund. But come some free time paired with the luxury of E-commerce, we just can’t help flushing our money down the online shopping drain.
Now, with quarantine confining us to our comfortable four walls, we have the opportunity to put all those money-saving ideas to use.
‘It’s not that simple,’ you say? Maybe it is if you simply give it a try! Here are some easy money-saving tips for you to take that first step towards saving.
1. Do some basic mathematics
First, calculate your income. How much do you earn? How much do you spend on rent, food and other necessities? What are you left with after all your necessary expenses? Ask yourself these questions and note it down. Now ask yourself how much are you willing to set aside as savings. Don’t be stingy. This money is for you too – the future you.
2. Cook more than ordering in
You know how you order in and then feel two kinds of heartburn? One from indigestion, and the other one from spending unnecessarily? Put an end to your sufferings and order in, only every now and again, to reward yourself. Don’t make working from home an excuse by telling yourself you don’t have time to cook, while you watch TV. Buy groceries with your money instead and get better at cooking to stay healthy while saving money in the process.
3. Treat yourself to a better future
You’re tired after a long day, you go online and see something that really catches your eye. You decide to treat yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in. While you might get some happiness out of it, you realize it’s generally short-lived. On the other hand, if you save that money instead, you will be one step closer to your saving goals.
4. Make a shopping list and stick to it
Indeed, you can’t save everything for the future. There could be some useful things that you want but never thought you had enough money for. Make a list of such things. Put the approximate price against each item. Buy as and when you can. And try and stick to your list.
5. Open a different savings account
If you don’t understand investments and bonds, you could open a different bank account for your savings. No matter how small the amount, make it a habit to transfer some money as and when you can. Do not use the card or save the details of that card on your devices and keep it aside to work towards your savings goals.
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