In today’s economy, many families are worried about layoffs, foreclosures and mounting debt. They’re looking for ways to cut costs, save more and make smarter money choices for their future.
Primerica, believes one of the first steps toward getting on track for a bright financial future is to create better spending and saving habits. To help you get into the mindset of making better money choices, Primerica presents three easy ways to curb spending.
1. Track purchases. Little purchases made every day can add up to big money at the end of the month. Keep track of expenditures by either writing them down in a notebook or purchasing budgeting software. You might be surprised at just how much you didn’t realize you were spending.
2. Minimize ATM visits. ATM withdrawals can add up quickly if you aren’t tracking them. It’s easy to keep pressing that withdrawal button and even taking out the minimum $20 at a time can add up quickly. The best plan is to set a limit on withdrawals per week and stick to it.
3. Cut spending by small amounts first. Breaking the over‑spending habit isn’t likely to happen overnight. Start small, say reducing spending by 10%. Once you get used to that adjustment, you can work your way up to a more aggressive cost‑cutting strategy.
Discretionary spending (e.g. eating out, entertainment, movie rentals, etc.) isn’t a bad thing, but over‑spending – particularly in times of economic upheaval – can put you into a precarious position if debt becomes too high or if you are laid off.
As you learn to budget better and spend less, the next step is to start socking away all that extra un‑spent cash. Primerica’s free Financial Needs Analysis offers a comprehensive snapshot of your finances and presents clear strategies for getting out of debt, becoming properly protected, saving more and getting on track for a great future.
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