We all know that it’s not the logo on our wallets that determines our financial health. In the same way that we look at physical health, good habits – what we consume and how we stay fit – make all the difference. Habits are also hard to break and tend to stick with us for a long time, so cultivating good money habits is as crucial as breaking bad ones.
Here are 3 healthy money habits to adopt for a happier bank account.
#1 Stick to the Plan
Having a budget, allocating exact amounts for what you need and sticking to it is a good way to stay on track. One of the most common ways you can hurt your bank account is with unexpected purchases.
When all your bills are covered, you have an emergency stash and savings have been put aside, look at how much disposable income you have left and consider what other obligatory expenses you may have to allocate money to: necessary rituals such as haircuts or a facial, birthday or wedding presents for the VIPs in your life. If you still have money left over, consider putting some money towards the Big Ticket items that you might want – that Mansur Gavriel bucket bag or the big Gold Coast Surfing Trip you’ve been coveting.
Is there an unexpected sale on at your favourite store? Resist! If an item is not on your allocated list – cease and desist! If you avoid unexpected or rash purchases, you won’t end up with things you didn’t want in the first place.
#2 Waste Not
So, here’s the thing. You may have many things on your list that you don’t need, or aren’t fully utilising. Because we’re human, we sometimes sign up for gym memberships and never go. Or pay for beauty packages and let them expire. Online shopping may be another way to lose cash, especially if goods that you’ve ordered aren’t up to expectations and you don’t process our returns or refunds before the expiry date. Online subscriptions to services or apps that you no longer use may be another money burner.
Take a closer look at your expense and “necessities” list and see where you can cut back. Less money spent unnecessarily is more money towards your financial goals!
If someone would pay us for every latte we ordered, we’d probably be rolling in it. And if you expand that thought you’ll find that the same goes for a host of other things – lunches, blowouts, manis and pedis, laundry, your weekly cupcake fix?
Opting for DIY instead of paying top dollar at cafes and salons could save you a lot of dosh. After all, the internet is full of tutorials and how-tos, and the truth is you have been suckered into buying all the gadgets and products that enable you to do it at home anyway. (amirite?)
Look at it this way, brewing your own gourmet coffee and mastering the art of the avo toast, or conquering that ceramic flat iron with tourmaline plates for perfect hair could take your bragging rights to a whole new level. Plus, your bank account will be all the better for it.
Also See: 5 Ways to Grow Money in Your 20s