Financial matters can get stressful, especially for those just graduating from college or in their 20s. If you’re in the middle of a money rut, there are so many resources out there to help out. Below, you’ll find some lessons I’ve learned along the way and tips that everyone can benefit from when it comes to saving money.
Download a Budgeting App
There are so many apps out there that are meant to help you manage your money. These apps will also help you set a budget for yourself and take a deep dive into which categories your money goes into the most. You’re getting a reality check and a useful money tool at once, and if we’re being honest, those are two things that we can all use.
Open A Savings Account
If you don’t have a savings account yet, it’s time to go ahead an open one up. This is key if you’re looking to save money, especially in the long run. Even if your job offers a 401k, having a personal savings account is essential and can really rack up over time. Some banks also have a “keep the change” policy and automatically add money into your savings account. For those of you who are self-employed, this is even more important for tax season.
Cancel Recurring Subscriptions
We’re all guilty of signing up for a service and then letting the recurring charges go unnoticed. Whether it’s a gym membership that isn’t being used or random apps that you thought you’d benefit from, take some time to manage your subscriptions. Trust me, even cutting back on a few dollars a month can make a huge difference.
Eat At Home
The truth of the matter is that we all spend so much money on food. Cut back on dining expenses by cooking more at home, ordering take-out less, and cutting back on restaurant visits. Give yourself one day a month to go out for a nice dinner if you’ve noticed that your bank account is depleting quickly. Make it even more fun by hosting a girls night in with cooked meals and some wine at your place.
As much as we all want to buy nice new things, it’s not always worth spending the money. You can find items that are just as stylish at your local thrift shop, along with some gems you never even knew you’d like to own. Paying full price for things can really set you backward, so if you’re not into the idea of thrifting, then try and wait for a big sale to buy anything.