Thursday, August 5, 2010

How Overspending Can Be Tamed

Saving money is not an easy task, but if you realize that it is the easiest and safest way to prepare money for future use, you begin to consider saving as an essential part of your daily budgeting.

The ultimate goal of effective saving is to spend less than you earn. If you tend to spend above your means, it is the start of you falling into debts. Thus, the secret to saving effectively is to spend wisely and therefore, the best way to save money is to stop overspending.

To do this, you need to examine the roots of overspending. A great percentage of people are victimized by credit cards. You may not be an exception. Take a quick look in your mailbox and you’ll quickly realize why your money seems to fly so fast.

You are flooded with credit card bills, auto loans, mortgages and other bills on a daily basis. Credit companies may promise you easy money, but the problem starts when you begin to accumulate credits you can’t pay for.

If you make a purchase and realize at the end of the month that you can’t repay in full, you are now trapped on the slippery slope of debt. You may promise yourself that you’ll have enough the next month but this promise is rarely kept.

At this point, high interest rates of credit cards can really hurt you and you may end up paying for more than your original purchase. Credits are truly monsters to your saving dream, so start using cash.

This way, you can feel that you are really spending your money. Credit and debit cards are easily swiped and funds are automatically whisked from your accounts. Without the physical act of handing down money to another person’s hand, you may feel you aren’t spending money at all.

This is the main reason why most people seem to overspend on their credit cards. Use cash whenever possible so you can more easily tell when you are going overboard. Aside from credits, your comfort zones may also be snatching your money.

Everyone sure loves having a good time with friends and family, but ensure that these parties are within your financial limits. From time to time, everyone needs to unwind. As they say, we must enjoy life. However, it is also necessary that we know when to decline.

Don’t squander your money today for guilty pleasures if it is not within your budget. Think of cheaper alternatives, or have the party some other time. Shoes, dresses, video games, and even books are also comfort zones that eat up your savings.

Actually, there’s really nothing wrong with these things as long as you don’t go overboard. This is the time when you can keep some amount from your budget and use it for these. You’ll enjoy your purchase and enjoy it even more when you know you won’t spend the next years paying it off at 15% interest.

Saving may be requiring you to sacrifice a lot of your comforts. But in this world where economies are going down, it is no longer an option but a must for every person to save money.

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About the Author

Dan Cavalli has written hundreds of articles on business subjects. He is an entrepreneur, expert on small-business success, retail troubleshooter, and business strategist. *Australia’s newspaper “The Financial Review” called him one of Australia’s “Internet’s Untold Millionaires” and “Telecommunication Tycoons”. An Author of the International selling book: ‘Blueprint for Making Millions’

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