Budgeting for the things that you really want to save up for, whether they be vacations, new cars or retirement, takes a degree of inner discipline that can be hard to cultivate. However, with the right tips and tricks, you’ll find yourself budgeting with the best of them and saving for your goals in no time.
There are a ton of skills you can learn in your downtime that can save you a ton of money by letting you handle tasks yourself. How much do you spend, on average, going out to eat? Maybe you could consider learning to cook your favorite dishes at home, freeing up a lot of your spending money.
Do you know how to fix your own car? Maybe you could get more into the DIY side of car maintenance, in order to save a lot of money on going to the mechanic. Moreover, you’ll likely be able to provide better service for your vehicle than someone who is just getting a paycheck to look it over.
Sewing to maintain your clothes, patching your own purse or wallet and maintaining your own furniture and home can all save you big time. If you have a yard that you pay someone else to maintain, consider cutting the grass yourself!
One of the simplest budgeting tips is often the hardest for some people to come to grips with. You don’t need brand-new clothes, cars, electronics and the like. Nearly all high-ticket items that you might be interested in dropping some serious money on are much, much more affordable if you wait a few years and buy them secondhand.
Now, buying a five-year-old car at a used lot isn’t quite as flashy as buying the brand-new sportscar you’ve always wanted. However, that five-year-old car is going to cost you a fraction of that price. Designer clothes? Buy them secondhand for a huge discount, and they’ll be just as stylish. New video game console you’re wanting to play? Buy one from a used game store, and you can afford the system, extra controllers and a bunch of games.
Now, with all that money you’re saving, put some back into a savings account. Or, better yet, invest it into a stable, slow-growth fund where your money can make you money. Before you know it, you’ll have built up a sizable savings for whatever your financial goals may be!