Why is Saving Money So Hard? A Guide to Frugality & Financial Planning

Limiting your spending and saving money can be difficult. It often doesn’t seem to matter how much money you have or how much money you make, it never seems to be enough. With all of your bills paid and expenses met, there is never enough money left over to save. This is a common situation that many people face but there are things that you can change to get your saving plan on track. 

Living a little more frugally, being aware of what you are spending and planning your finances better, can help you to start saving right away. You might not even realise where your money is going until you sit down and create a budget. Those morning coffees can quickly add up and that gym membership you never use is not free! Changing your spending habits for the better and taking ownership of your personal finances can help you to save more and get the most out of the money that you have. 

Let’s take a look at a few simple tips to help you to spend less and save more. 

Create A Budget

Before you can put any kind of financial plan into place, you need to understand what your income and expenses look like. Use a budget tracking app to help you to determine your spending habits over a period of time. With this information, you can determine where your money is going and in what areas you can cut back. This allows you to manage your income better and plan your finances with confidence each month, leaving enough money at the end to add to your savings account. Having saving goals in place will help to keep you accountable and on-track with your new financial approach. 

Examine Your Financial Statements

Take some time to go through your bank statements, credit card statements, PayPal accounts or any other financial document that you have. Many people are paying for online subscription services that they do not use or that they no longer need. Look at all of your scheduled payments and direct debits and make sure that you are not paying for any services that you are not utilising regularly. You might be paying for a cable TV Service while also paying for Netflix and Amazon Prime. Reassess what services you are making and put this money into your savings account instead. 

Create Good Financial Habits

Staying in control of your monthly finances and having enough money left over at the end of each month means creating healthy financial habits. When you get paid each month, for example, be sure to set aside enough money to cover your rent, mortgage, utilities and other fixed monthly costs. If you can set up automatic payments to take this money from your wages immediately, this will be even better as you will never miss the money. Set aside a minimum savings amount each month and lodge this into a separate savings account. If you have a particularly frugal month and you can save even more, that’s great, but be sure to commit to saving at least the minimum amount. Creating good financial habits will help you to plan your finances with more confidence and regain control over your finances moving forward. 

Learn To Manage Your Finances With Confidence

Financial planning, management and saving are things that many people struggle with every day. To take control of your finances, you need to analyse your spending, create a budget and create positive habits to help you achieve your savings goals. With the right mindset, your savings account will grow in no time, giving you more financial security and flexibility in the future. 

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