Out of personal health concerns, work, the state of the economy, and family responsibilities, most Americans claim that they worry the most about their financial situation.
Really, it’s no surprise that millions of adults are concerned about how much money they make, how much debt they have, and how much money they have in the bank. After all, money is needed for everything in life from staying in shelter to keeping food on the table.
One question that pops into many people’s minds is, “How can I save money if I’m left with little to no pocket money after paying my bills?” The good news is, there are some ways you can start contributing to your savings no matter how tight your budget is.
Stop for a Bit to Really Analyze your Expenses.
Sometimes we think we’re working with our financial situation as best as we possibly could. In reality, there might be some flaws that we don’t see on the surface. It’s usually not until you look at your monthly credit card statements and pull out old receipts that you realize the financial problems you have at hand.
No matter how great you consider yourself to be with your money, the best thing to do is set your ego aside. Be brave enough to analyze your expenses (necessary and unnecessary spending) to find out where you might be going wrong.
Buy in Bulk.
Buying products such as toothpaste, dental floss, bags of chips, and water bottles in bulk can potentially save you money. Sometimes, buying in bulk or buying in multiples actually costs less overall than buying individually. Other times, bulk-buying is more expensive, but it’s cheaper per item.
In the latter case, the extra cost overall would be worth it if you normally use a lot of the particular item that you’re buying in bulk. Plus, it’d save you quite a few extra trips to the store.
Even if You Only Have an Extra Dollar to Contribute to Savings, Do it.
Some people believe they have to make big contributions to their savings. The truth is, whether it’s one penny or $100, it means something. Not all of us have the luxury of saving big sums of cash, but our advice is to save any little extra that you can. Overtime, you’ll reap the benefits.
Use Less Technology.
The costs of smartphones are increasing. More of us are using laptops, computers, tablets, and phones for both work and pleasure. And, we’re more likely to choose more expensive Internet and phone plans than ever before due to our higher user. Can you see how our expenses on technology could be too high?
A poll conducted in New York found that 31% of residents spend $1,000 or more on technology on an annual basis. Do you really need that high-speed Internet? Is that more expensive phone plan actually worth it? Can you go another year or two before upgrading your smartphone to the latest and greatest model?
Consider Getting Financial Help.
They say the first step is to admit you have a problem. Secondly, it’s important to reach out for help if you think you need it. That stands true even when it comes to your financial situation. A financial advisor can help you figure out where you’ve gone wrong with your finances, guide and advise you regarding your situation, and ultimately help you devise a workable solution.
We get it. Saving money is easier said than done. You’ve got bills and other expenses that seem to appear faster than the paychecks you’re receiving from work. It’s a vicious and endless cycle. On the bright side, there are tips and tricks you can try to make it easier for you to save money, even on a very tight budget.