Cut Back Your Expenses in 7 Easy Ways

by Alesha Wilson
(Wilmington, NC)

Are you having trouble budgeting your salary? Is it hard to keep up with the bills when a new one sprouts up after another? Are you barely scraping by? You might want to keep an eye on your expenses and weed out the unnecessary purchases you've been doing lately. Want help in living frugally?

Here's how:
1. Make a shopping list. It's a trick that never gets old. As long as you stick to the list, you will not buy anything that's not necessary. Spend some time at home to populate the list while going around the house to check what are really needed. Don't be hasty in making this list. Ask yourself if you really need the things you are adding.

2. Don't be tempted by discounts. Usually, discounted items make you buy more, and in essence spend more. It's the store's way of boosting their sales while making the buyers feel that they are getting a good value.

3. Be wary of product placements. If you see a bag that costs hundreds of dollars more than another bag beside it, chances are you will buy it. This is a strategy stores employ to sell items that are not that popular—put it beside something expensive and it becomes an instant hit.

4. Don't shop when you're tired. When you are tired, you just want to go home and rest, so you are hasty in deciding. You might just get what you see first, and boom, the bill goes up a few notches.

5. Find de-stressing options other than shopping. Many people look at shopping as a therapy. If you have the budget to bust, go ahead, but if you are trying to save up, you really should not be using shopping as a way to let off steam. Why don't you indulge in a home-cooked dinner and good company instead?

6. Keep a garden. It's a very beneficial hobby. Fill your backyard with plants that you can use for cooking so that you will not have to buy them anymore. Examples are oranges, tomatoes, basil, and many others. It's also not hard to keep oregano and herbs in abundance. Certain foods make your skin look more radiant and healthier. It's like hitting two birds with one stone: you eat healthy plus you save money.

7. Make a refrigerator content inventory. It's a common crime that you forget the foods that are still inside your refrigerator until they go stale. You should avoid this from happening by keeping tab of what you still have and consuming them before buying or cooking new food.

Alesha Wilson is a staff writer at RockwellNutrition.com, leading natural health website. You can get Rockwell Nutrition discount coupon codes by following the link.

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