S is for Save, Spend, or Splurge: How to Spend Your Money Wisely

S is for Save, Spend, or Splurge: How to Spend Your Money Wisely


Spending your money wisely is the best way to ensure financial freedom for yourself and your family. Between living expenses, the rising cost of living, and the occasional emergency, many feel that their paycheck seems to disappear overnight. And while sometimes that can be the case, oftentimes there are ways to spend your money smarter to avoid feeling as if you are in a financial frenzy.

Whether you are on a tight budget or have disposable income, spending your money wisely is never a bad idea. Make sure your basic needs are met, save as much as you can for your future, and have money to spend on the things that make you happy. No matter where you are in your financial journey, these tips can help you spend your money more wisely.

Know How Much You are Able to Spend Each Month

Look at how much money you bring home each month (after taxes) and how much must be spent on necessities, like rent, utilities, car payments, etc. Then see how much is left over. This number will determine how much you can spend, even of things we think of as necessities, like food, gas, clothes, and toiletries. 

Look at Your Habits Closely

What are your current spending habits? Do you go out to eat often? Do you shop online when you’re bored? Look at what you are spending your money on for non necessities. Sometimes this can be the wake up call we need. Other times, it can just shed light on what you like to do with your extra funds. Either way, look at what is important to keep spending money on and where to cut back.

Create A Budget

We sound like a broken record, but create a budget that works for you and stick with it! After looking at all of your expenses, you should have a good picture of what you typically spend on, and perhaps where you can cut back and budget. 

Save Money Where You Can

There are so many ways to cut down your expenses, but you just have to look for them. Sometimes switching to online bill paying can lower your costs. If you notice a trend where you are eating out for lunch too often, you can try planning meal preps. Wherever it looks like you can attempt to save some money, start there, and find ways to start saving more. 

Saving money can be difficult, but if you start spending your money wisely it can help you to get to your financial goals. And as always, if you’re having trouble consult a financial advisor to help you.


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