Tips to Make Your Money Go Further

Shelley Wenger

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The simple truth is that most Americans live paycheck to paycheck. They struggle daily to pay their bills and buy the items that they need to get through their day. Many go into debt whenever they want to buy something extra, even necessary items such as furniture and food.

This has only gotten worse during the pandemic. More and more people are laid off. Getting unemployment hasn’t been easy either. Many wait months until they get their first check. Some never get the money that they need to get through the day.

Are you in the same boat? Do you wish your money would stretch a little farther? Here are some tips to help.

Decide to do something about it. Just like everything else, the first step is knowing that you have a problem. Until you realize that, nothing is going to change. You are going to continue to live the way that you always have, and nothing will get any better.

So, it is time to commit to your financial health. Decide that you are tired of living this way. Make the decision that you are going to do something about it. This is half the battle. Now that you are ready, you can come up with a plan and put it in motion!

Now you need to figure out where you are wasting your money. It can be hard to figure out where all of your money is going. Sometimes, the best thing that you can do is to open up your bank statements to see what you are spending your money on.

Are you spending too much at the grocery store? Do you go out to eat every week? A few times a week? Are you wasting food at home, because you are too tired to cook when you get home from work?

Are you buying new clothes every month? Can you cut back on the amount of money you spend on clothes? What other stores do you go to regularly? Do you really need to go to the craft store every month? What can you cut out of your routine spending, so you can get ahead again?

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Skip name-brand items. When you are shopping, you don’t need to buy the name-brand items. Many stores offer their own brand. These items are basically the same thing for a fraction of the price. If you buy only name-brand items, you could spend a lot of money by shopping generic.

Ask for deals. Most people have multiple monthly bills that they pay faithfully. These often include your phone, internet, television, and much more.

It may drive you crazy to see all of their ads for people who are willing to switch. They may get free phones or a percentage off of their bill for an introductory rate. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t ask for the same deal. You are a valid customer, and they may give you some deals, simply to keep your business.

That being said, you may also want to switch. You might want to switch carriers every few years in order to get the best deal possible. There are multiple cell phones, internet, and television plans, so that might be the best way for you to save some money.

Be ready to make sacrifices. You might have to make some sacrifices in order to make your financial situation better. Some things can make a big difference when it comes to your finances.

You may be able to look for a smaller home, that costs half the rent. If you are paying hundreds of dollars a month for your car, can you find one that you can buy outright? Imagine how much farther your money would go if you have an extra three or four hundred dollars a month. You may not even need to reach for your credit cards the next time that you need to buy something big.

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If you are serious about saving money, you need to commit to it. Your family also needs to be committed. Then, you need to start looking at your bank statements to figure out where your money is going. You will be amazed at how much money you are wasting, especially if you are going out for lunch every day instead of packing.

You may also need to make some sacrifices in order to get ahead. Are you willing to sell your home to buy a smaller (and less expensive) one? If you rent, could you live in a one-bedroom instead of two? What about your car? You could get a more affordable one that is paid off. Even a few hundred dollars can help your financial situation quickly!

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Shelley is a small town farm mom of two boys. She is a veterinary technician, so she is proud to write about all kinds of animals and their care. She also loves to write about writing, running a business, working from home, and much more.

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