Smart Spending; A Key to Financial  Breakthrough

Spending is inevitable so long as one continues to exist. Nonetheless, there is a difference between just spending and smart spending. The latter means thoughtfully making decisions as to how to spend your income. Until one can practice smart spending, I am afraid, it may be rhetoric to break through financially. That is because human wants and needs are insatiable, hence the need to thoroughly decide what to use one’s income for.

That is why this article is very important, especially to the younger generation. Read on carefully as I take you through proven ways to spend your income or money smartly. 

1. Planning and Budgeting 

Budgeting and planning can never outlive their usefulness for generations to come. Before you receive income or money comes to your hand, you should have made a list of the things you want to spend the money on. People argue that with the current rise in inflation, it is difficult to stick to a budget. While there is an iota of truth in it, it doesn’t mean you must leave things to fate. As the saying goes, if putting too much meat in the soup will not enhance its taste, then it will not spoil the taste. Therefore, budgeting is recommended because it helps you to control your expenses. Get exclusive information on budgeting from my previous article here

2. Smart Shopping

This is another thing to pay attention to. One way to do this is to compare prices before making a purchase. It is important to notice that prices of goods vary depending on the seller and location. Some people sell certain things at higher prices, while others sell the same goods at lower prices. Don’t be too quick to buy certain goods until you ask a few more people about the same commodity. Another is to take advantage of coupons, discounts, and sales to save money on purchases. The last thing I would highlight is buying in bulk. It is economically wise to buy non-perishable goods in bulk to save more money.  

3. Saving and investing

I am sure you may be surprised why saving and investment are part of spending. Well, spending does not only mean using money to buy something. It also includes setting aside part of your income for future use. Apart from saving, it is also important to research and choose the best investment options with the help of an investment expert. For more education on investment and savings, click here to read my previous article. 

4. Choose quality over quantity and a good maintenance culture 

Some people prefer to buy very low-quality goods because their prices are cheaper. They, however, forget that those goods are not long-lasting, and within the shortest time, they may need to replace them. The best decision is to invest in high-quality items that last longer, even if they are more expensive upfront. That reduces the need for frequent replacements. The other side is to make sure that you regularly maintain and repair items like your car, home, and appliances to extend their lifespan. Apart from extending their lifespan, you also avoid costly replacements. 

5. Managing expenses 

The first thing to consider is to learn to distinguish between essential expenses (needs) and non-essential expenses (wants). It is worth noting that expenses will almost always exceed income, hence the need to focus on satisfying one’s needs first. For things that are important but not urgent, postpone them. Prioritize those that are important and urgent. But don’t waste your resources on those that are not important, and not urgent or urgent but not important. 

In conclusion, let me reiterate that human wants are insatiable, but we have limited resources. Therefore, it is crucial to practice smart spending. 

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