Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Seven Lifestyles that Change Spending Habits

If you earn a thousand dollars per month, you should map out all the necessary expenses you will have to incur during the month such as payment for your house, food and transportation. What remains after you deduct your total expenses from your income is your savings. What you do with your savings will make a difference later on, when the need arises.

Here are seven ways that you can use to change your daily lifestyle for more positive spending habits to achieve your saving objectives:

  • Maintain a logbook. A log book is the place where you can list your income and expense account on a weekly or monthly schedule.
  • Do more walking than driving. If you can reach your destination within ten minutes by car, consider leaving the car behind and walk instead. Or, use a bicycle if the destination is within 30 minutes by car. This helps promote blood circulation in your body and also reduces environmental pollution. Both alternatives offer savings on gasoline and parking fees.
  • Bring your own coffee to office. If you drop by a Starbucks or other coffee outlets, you may end up spending a few dollars or more on a cup of coffee. You can potentially save many dollars each week just by making your own coffee at home and bringing it to your work place in a thermos.
  • If you are a smoker, start reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day. Over time, you may be able to quit smoking completely. Besides saving money by not buying any more cigarettes, your health will also improve and this means a huge saving in your medical bills.
  • Dine at home more frequently. You can experiment with different recipes and save some money at the same time. In addition, you are honing your cooking skills and this could be very useful for the home dining experience.
  • If you are an avid reader, use the public library whenever possible. There is no need to buy the latest books from bookstores like Borders unless it is in a category that does not fit into a public library. The public library will usually acquire popular titles after some times.
  • Have you ever noticed how much time you spend sitting in front of the television? The longer you sit, the worse it is for your blood circulation. Besides, the time you free up can be used for more useful tasks such as teaching your kids or learning a new skill.
The abovementioned "simple routines" are a good start for changing unhealthy spending habits. However, you should continue to incorporate more new habits that contribute to the building of your retirement fund. With a bigger savings, you can get the services of a financial adviser who can give you higher-yielding investment options for your investments so that they can help you move closer to your retirement goals.

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