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How would you like to save $1,000 fast? We are all looking for ways to save more money to fund family trips, our own retirement one day, and the kids' college fund. That's why today I'm sharing some life hacks to save money quickly. These are things we all can do to bring in extra money or stop spending money in certain areas.
Before we dive in, tell me if this sounds anything like you. You’re constantly trying to pay the bills and have just enough to cover the necessities each month.
Your monthly visitor, the credit card bill, loves dropping by or sending you emails to remind you how long you will be BFFs. Student loans continue to be an albatross around your neck and there really is no end in sight.
Sure, you want to save money and put your family in a better financial position, but every time you get a little momentum, SOMETHING ELSE goes wrong. And it’s … here we go again!
I get it. I know it sucks and I’ve been there countless times. Heck, Anna and I still run into problems and struggle with our budget. I’m right there with you and I’m by no means perfect.
That said, I have learned a thing or two about saving, budgeting, and making money. So, let me share some of those ideas, tips, techniques, and methods with you. This is not an exhaustive list, so if you want to chime in please do so in the comments.
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Let’s first start with things you can do that will add to your life. No, things that are expensive don’t always add to our lives. In many ways, they can steal from our lives in the form of debt, worry, and stress.
Instead, oftentimes it is the inexpensive things add value to our everyday lives. Well, inexpensive in terms of money anyway. Adding value to our lives can be expensive in terms of our personal time.
What am I talking about?
Well, things like budgeting, researching credit cards that reward you, or reading about how to discipline your mind. They all take time and focused energy. They’re all cheap in terms of money, but costly in terms of dedication to the task (in the moment and in the long run).
Going further, you could start your very own side hustle. But, what will I do, Dave? Think about what you enjoy and if it can add value to another person’s life. Give people what they want -- not what you want because you want to save money.
Then, you can get into other hacks like opening a bank account that pays you money when you create it. You could also sign up for Amazon Prime to save on shipping and use their vast library of movies, TV shows, and music.
Of course, there's always eating better and exercising to decrease health issues as well. And you can also find cheaper family entertainment options like hiking or biking that keeps the kids both healthy and happy.
The full list of what to add in the way of life hacks to save money is below. I suggest you look into it all and start with one or two things this week.
Why wait to change to your life for the better?
Yes, there are things you will need to remove from your life and budget to save $1,000 quickly. This is going to be the harder part for most of you.
Unfortunately, you will have to part with things or stop doing things altogether. But, let me tell you – it’s worth it.
Get over the thought process that you absolutely, positively need any object, membership, article of clothing, or bobble head doll. Those are things.
What matters in life are relationships and the moments you share with people. Getting on a better financial footing will allow you to enjoy those relationships and moments more because you will be less worried about money!
No "life hack" will do anything for you if you fail to take action. With this "life hacks to save money" post, I don't want you to try something and then something else. And then something else.
No! That's the entirely incorrect approach.
Instead, follow through on each one. See which ones are working best for you. Maybe you're already low enough in certain and there's nothing else to cut. That's OK.
The point of this post and this exercise of "life hacking" is about disciplining yourself and your mind. Always be looking for areas to improve your life, your savings, your habits, and your situation.
That way, you'll be constantly "life hacking" your way to a better financial, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual existence with your family.
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