Do you have significant debts as a result of overspending? If you do, you are not alone. Modern society makes it particularly easy to spend more than we really should. However, if you want to clear your debts and have greater peace of mind, it is important to tackle the root cause which is overspending.
These are several tips to help avoid overspending.
1. Be Aware of How much money you spend.
Many chronic spendaholics live in denial about how much they spend. If you realise how much you spend on various items, this alone may be sufficient to reduce your spending. For example, on a night out it is easy to spend much more than you think, especially if you pay for drinks and food on cards. – Quite often, friends think they must have lost some notes, because the money has disappeared so quickly. Often the problem is relatively cheap items, that we buy often: coffee, takeaways, mobile phones e.t.c. Go through your bank accounts, credit card statements and add up how much you spend on different items and decide whether you really want to spend that much money.
2. Avoid Impulsive Spending.
If you are in the habit of spending on impulse make an effort to have a moment of reflection before buying anything. If you see something you would like to buy, try waiting a day before actually committing yourself to buying. If you really want it, you will come back. This also gives you the chance to find other things that may be better.
3. Don’t spend time where it is easy to spend money.
If we spend alot of time in certain places we will be drawn to spend money. This spending is mainly to relieve our boredom and not because we need to buy it. Therefore, don’t spend every lunch break wandering around your favourite shops. Go to a garden or place where there is little temptation to spend all your money.
4. Have Clear Objectives when shopping.
Before going shopping have a clear objective of what you need to buy. This means that you will buy things because you need them, rather than because they “look nice”. Don’t go into the city centre without a clear objective.
5. Give Items Objective ratings.
Before purchasing any item give it an objective rating of how much you need and value it. If you are honest in your valuations you will think carefully about buying things which are less than 8 out of 10. It is good to combine this suggestion with leaving things a day. This means you will go back to buy the things you really need and value the most.
6. Avoid Spending by Habit.
Quite often a lot of our spending is a daily habit. However, this spending could easily be unnecessary. For example, if you buy a takeaway coffee everyday, why not invest in a coffee machine. Just because you spend $10 a day on lunch doesn’t mean this habit has to continue for ever. Try taking your own lunch. Reevaluate all your habitual spending patterns and decide whether it is necessary.
7. Give yourself strict income limits.
If you really have trouble controlling your spending it will be very effective to give yourself strict amounts of income per week. This will work most effectively with cash, because it is easier to monitor. If you learn to live on $80 per month, you will value money more and learn more frugal habits.
8. Think Green and Environmentally Friendly.