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Curb Your Spending

When we are going through hard times, we try to look for ways to curb our spending. We watch what we buy, where we shop, how we pay our bills, our credit card balances, and then we do whatever is necessary to save a dollar here and there. This is a good thing, but we need to save in good times as well as in bad times.

If you are careful with your money, you will find that many little things that are taken for granted that you don't give much thought to in your spending habits can add up to big savings in the long run.

With the economy the way it is, everybody is talking about saving, debt awareness, credit scores, unemployment statistics, career changes, and these things are important, but many of us are finding it difficult to make the necessary changes in our lifestyles to balance our finances and make adjustments to the way we live.

Many of us have gotten so used to spending as we please that we have lost sight of our goals, our future, our impending retirement years, our personal economic health, and we have gotten totally away from sensible savings plans and spending restraints.

Over the past few years, we have lived in a spend now and worry about the future era, and that unfortunate financial way of life has come back to haunt many of us.

Curbing your spending is the best way to get out of debt, restore your credit score, and start saving for the future. Before you make a purchase, always ask yourself if it is a necessity, or is it something that you can live without. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much you can save by not buying some of the things that you want but don't need.

Don't charge on your credit card, gas card, or store card unless it is absolutely necessary. Credit card fees and interest charges can keep you in debt long after the item you purchased is no longer usable or has been discarded. Try to pay cash for all purchases, if possible.

Check your utility bills, especially your telephone and cable bills to see if you are being charged for services that you don't use. And even if you do use some of those services, ask yourself if you use them enough to justify paying for them.

If you have hobbies that take money from your household, and don't show any return, you may want to curtain them or drop them entirely. Some hobbies can get very expensive and may even be considered an addiction, similar to gambling.

Eating out three or four times a week can get very costly. Think about cooking more and eating out less. And when you eat out, ask for water instead of buying soda, juice, or other beverages. If each member of a family of four orders a soda with their meal, it can add an additional ten dollars to the bill.

Don't buy big ticket items until you shop around. By shopping around, you may save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on certain items. The internet is a great place to comparison shop without leaving your home.

There are many other ways to curb your spending. All you have to do is alter your lifestyle just a little and you will see a big difference in the amount of money you save.


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