HOW TO STOP SPENDING MONEY
20 Things We No Longer Spend Money On
In today’s video we talk about the 20 THINGS I DON’T BUY ANYMORE.
When we made a commitment to get our financial house in order – we made a decision that we were going to STOP SPENDING MONEY on the things that did not bring us closer to financial independence.
We looked at everything we were spending money on and asked:
- Can I cut this expense? or
- Can I eliminate this expense entirely?
Based upon these two questions, here are the 20 things that we don’t spend money on anymore AND we still live a joy-filled life.
What brings us the greatest joy is experiences and knowing that by NOT spending money on these 20 things, we have changed our financial future.
1. How to Stop Spending Money on New Cars
We know longer trade in our cars every 2-3 years. We either buy cars with cash or we pay them off as soon as possible. Cars taken care of and serviced properly have lots of life in them. And transportation costs are a big ticket item – if you can cut in this area, you put hundreds back into your budget.
Something else we have done a couple of times to get out from under a car payment is to sell the vehicle at a loss. We just make sure we have a cashiers check ready for the lender for the difference between the loan and the sales price, as well as a contract with the buyer and a power of attorney signed for the buyer through the DMV to make title transfer a breeze. This has worked for us three times and gotten us out of a hefty payments.
2. How to Stop Spending Money on Haircuts
Did you know you can learn how to cut your hair on YouTube? You can learn just about anything on YouTube.
For our boys, my husband or oldest son, uses the clippers to trim them up.
I have naturally curly hair and so it is very forgiving. I also do not use many harmful products in it and so it stays very healthy.
With a little thought – this is another area you can save quite a bit of money on.
3. How to Stop Spending Money Home Decor
We have become avid DIY’ers. Being frugal with your money, does not mean you have to skimp on all the pretty things! I love my home to look well decorated. It makes me feel good. And Trust me, I understand how dangerous Home Goods and stores like World Market can be!
That may not matter to you and it is TOTALLY ok! That is the beauty about pursuing financial independence. YOU choose the things that bring value and JOY to your life.
In three years my husband has become a very proficient woodworker and has made multiple beautiful projects for our home.
4. How to Stop Spending Money Fancy Coffee
I know, I know! Some people balk at the proponents of giving up your lattes to build wealth. But I am of the belief that small dollars add up. (And it is more of a mindset issue in my opinion.)
Throwing away $5-$10 sometimes multiple times a day, can add up to hundreds of dollars back into your budget.
And if you are living paycheck to paycheck – those dollars matter.
So buy some really good beans, a cheap grinder and make delicious home brewed coffee, part of your morning routine.
If you have time to go through the drive-through, you have time to make a pot of coffee.
5. How to Stop Spending Money on Water-service and Bottled Water
My husband cannot stand sink-water. So we had water delivered and bought hundreds of water bottles in our lifetime.
This was another one of those expenses that add up quickly.
Instead, we bought a cooler on Offer-Up. Cleaned it really well and purchased a few 5 gallon jugs. It takes us about $5 to fill them up each week and it is part of our routine now.
Everyone gets tasty and refreshing water – and we help the planet a little bit.
Ideas 6-20 are awesome too! You can find those on YouTube, Click the video above.
Do you have a big financial goal or just need to reign in your spending? Either way, join in! We are glad you are here! Join our Facebook group below so we can encourage you on your journey.
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GETTING YOUR FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER?
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This workbook will take you step-by-step to get your financial house in order. You will determine what you are spending your money on, where you can find savings, how to pay off debt quickly and save more mo
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These are the same strategies we used to get rid of over $650,000.00 and debt, reduce our monthly budget by thousands and buy 4 investment properties that cash flow over $1,000.00 a month.
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Love and Prosperity,
Wendy and Curtis
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WAYS WE STAY ON BUDGET
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