The basic principles are simple. In finance you need to spend less than you save. It sounds a lot like losing weight, doesn’t it? It’s definitely just as hard in practice. I can’t tell you how to drop a few pounds – but I have gathered up a few of my favorite saving tips.
Save a Little – Relax a Lot
Every payday I buy a roll of quarters from the bank. This used to be for my laundry, but now I do it to save money. Over the course of a year I save $520 dollars and psychologically speaking, the pick me up is worth the $40 a month.
Become a “Selective” Member
I keep about 50 membership cards everything from Price Chopper to Smoothie King to Godiva Chocolate rewards in a small organizer. Once a year, I look through my collection and decide what stays and what goes. Borders stays – any coupon there will not go to waste – plus it’s free to be a member. Godiva stays – another freebee that gives me one few sample a month. Costco, goes; with a family of two it doesn’t make sense to buy the jumbo economically better sizes – savings $50.
Ask for Samples
When my doctor wants to try a new prescription to control my blood sugar or cholesterol, I ask for samples. It saves a little money and it lets me know if I am going to have an adverse reaction before I’m stuck with a month’s supply of pills that I can’t use.
One friend works for a local retailer with an employee discount – which he lets me use if I give him the money for what I need. I don’t abuse the privilege and in return I remember to do something nice for him. Another friend works for a major insurance company. When my mother’s house was robbed he helped me get the claim in quick and settled things to her advantage. Never, underestimate the value of friendship; it’s priceless!
Saving doesn’t have to be a chore. Little savings add up. Being a member where it counts does too. Sometime the best savings comes in sanity. It’s a crazy world, but it doesn’t have to be. Once you’ve started saving it gets addictive. Next – we’ll cover how to spend those savings.