Most people can save extra money by following these easy steps – without sacrificing their lifestyle. If you already have trimmed your economy thats perfect, but otherwise there might just be some easy and rewarding tips for you in this post.

Review your fixed costs

You should review all your fixed costs at least once a year to make sure you are getting a good deal. You should especially take at look at these costs:

  • Cable bills
  • Cell phone bills
  • Electric bills
  • Insurance

Make a list over all your fixed costs and call around to make at better deal for each of them. Get an offer from other providers, but also give your current provider a call. Often they have better deals available if you ask them. By getting at better deal on your fixed costs you will save money every month.

Effective shopping

By planning your shopping in advance you can easily avoid buying things you don’t need. But you can also save money by using a little time finding better deals on item you just have to buy.

  • Search and compare deals both online and offline – especially on big items
  • Plan your grocery shopping and buy only whats on your shopping list
  • Plan meals a week ahead so you can purchase ¬†groceries in advance and thus don’t need to eat out because you don’t have any groceries at home

Avoid debt

Having debt and interest rates is very expensive. Avoid creating unhealthy debt if you can avoid it.

  • Unnecessary debt is very expensive
  • Avoid creating unnecessary debt
  • Pay of debt as soon as possible

If at all possible – save up for purchasing things instead of creating debt. By creating debt you often end up paying over 100% extra for items compared to if you had saved up for it.

Create a plan and align your goals

Create a financial plan and a budget so you what your financial status is and whats coming. Use this to plan ahead and to sure you can cover your expenses. This also allows you to plan how much you can save and how much you can spend. If you have a partner, spend some time aligning your financial goals and dreams. Commit time to talking about finances and make sure that both parties participate in planning and creating a budget. Aligning your goals and dreams will positively benefit both your finances and your relationship.

What to do with the extra money?

If you follow the suggestions above you should be able to save some extra money every month. So go ahead and take action on implementing them right away. What you do with the extra money is up to you – but if you are dreaming of becoming financially independent a good suggestion could be using at least some portion of it for extra savings, investing or paying off expensive debt.

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