Budget Mastery: 5 Must-Know Ways to Save Money On a Tight Budget


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The professional wrestler Scott Steiner is an award-winning wrestler whose long career saw him earn, by his own admission, a lot of money. According to Steiner, more importantly, he saved his money.

Are you trying to wrestle with the problem of the best ways to save money on a tight budget? Wondering whether you can still get by? Read on to learn about how you can economize.

1. Food Bill Savings

Your food bill might be one of the biggest bills you face each month. You don’t have to stop eating to reduce this bill. You may even eat better if you follow this plan.

Firstly, do you even know how much you spend on food? For a week, making a note of anything you spend on food. Set a goal for your weekly food bill and monitor what you spend.

One sure way to reduce your spending is to reduce waste. Plan your meals for the week and shop using that menu as a guide. Don’t contribute to the 30% – 40% of food that is wasted in America.

2. Trim to Save

Cutting your spending might seem tough. It’s more difficult to cut a large amount than a small amount. The trick is to save a small amount on lots of things.

Shaving a few dollars or even cents from right across your expenses could save you a useful sum. What’s more, you’ll hardly notice the change in lifestyle.

3. Cash Not Card

Using cash rather than a card to buy your everyday purchases can make you more aware of your spending. Allocate yourself a budget for this kind of spending and when it’s gone, it’s gone. You’ll be more disciplined and you might even enjoy the challenge of making your cash last.

4. Big Savings

There may be more opportunities to save money on some of your bigger budget items.

If your rent is too much of a burden, try moving in with a friend. If you and a partner have two cars, can you share a car? Do you really need the expensive data package you have with your mobile phone provider?

Look for discounts on insurance, service contracts, energy, and other utilities. Always ask for a discount. If you need money, research your borrowing options thoroughly and get a good deal.

5. Save First

At the end of each month, you may try to save some money. Perhaps you check your bank account to see if there’s anything left to save. There never is.

Instead, decide on a modest amount to save each month. Put that money aside first before you spend any money. This removes the temptation to spend it.

So Many More Ways to Save Money on a Tight Budget

Once you start to look, there are so many ways to save money on a tight budget that you’ll wonder why you didn’t start doing it sooner. Be creative and you might even enjoy the challenge. You need less than you think.

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Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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