Weird Ways to Save Money

I’m always looking for ways to save money, and today I thought it would be nice to share with you some weird ways to save money.

1.Unsubscribe to Publicity Mails and Emails

This will prevent from seeing the new discounts and sales from stores, and they’re new products. You won’t be tempted to buy things you don’t need.

2.Pay in Cash

Paying things in cash will make you realise the actual amount you’re spending on a daily. You’ll think twice before buying things you don’t need. You won’t overspend.

3.Shop Online

This is great for groceries, you’ll get only what you need and won’t be brainwashed and tempted to buy all the bargains in the store.

4.Eat Before Grocery Shopping

This is a really good idea. It’ll prevent you from buying snacks! I used to do this all the time: I’d go before lunch and would end up bringing a lot of snacks instead of what I actually needed.

5.Quit Bad Habits

Smoking and drinking are really bad for your health, but not only that, but you’re also spending thousands on it every year.

I really hope this post was useful, let me know if you have more weird ways to save money!

Thank you so much for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

5 Money Habits You Need to Have

For us to change and improve our finances, we need to develop some habits. These habits will help us stay on track and live a more comfortable life. It took me a while to get all of them and make them part of my daily life. Once I was able to get these habits to stick, my life changed.

1.Have a Budget

You need to know where your money is going! This is the only way you’ll be able to get control of your finances. It will help you to pay off debt and to grow your savings.

2.Make Goals

You need something to work towards. It will keep you motivated to keep hustling, and it will give a reason to manage your money wisely.

3.Have Side Hustles

Make sure to have different sources of income. Regardless of the amount, having this habit will always benefit you. Side hustles can turn into businesses.

4.Live Below your Means

This is so crucial. You don’t have to live miserably. You just have to make sure you don’t buy things you can’t afford nor have a lifestyle you can’t afford.

These are the tips I have for you, today! Thank you so much for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

How to keep Track of your Finances

Being in control of our money is something we all aim to do. The only way to do it is to be organised with your finances. On this post, I’ll be sharing with you what I do to keep track of my finances. I use a Personal Finance Binder to keep track of everything. These are the spreads:

1.Budget

The first thing I like to do is to write down my budget. I know exactly how much I need to spend on my needs (rent, groceries, bills, etc), making it easier to manage the rest of the money. Since I started writing down my budge, I realised that I could make higher payments towards debt, which was amazing!

2.Bills

I like to track my bills and add the payment receipts in a plastic folder at the end of this spread.

3.Expenses

I track all of my expenses! I split them into categories, and I always make sure to analyse them at the end of the month. It helped me a lot because I was able to see where I was spending my money, and I used to buy so many unnecessary things, and this made me break that habit.

4.Debt Tracker

I like to write down all of my debts and how much is left to pay, the payments I make with the dates and everything.

5.Savings Tracker

I usually write down my savings goal for each category, and keep track of the amounts I add until I’ll reach the wanted amount.

6.Important Documents

This spread is the last one of the binder. I keep every single document related to this topic in plastic folders. From the water, electricity, gas and rent contracts to my tax payment receipts. I keep them all in there, so I know where they are if I ever need them.

I have a Personal Finance Binder to download for sale that is just like mine. I’ll leave the link below if you’re interested!

Personal Finance Binder (Black and White Theme)

Personal Finance Binder (Green Theme)

Personal Finance Binder (Pink Theme)

Thank you so much for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

Saving Money on Holiday

Since we are close to Easter, and most people take days off during this time, I decided to share a few tips that will help you save money while you’re on holidays.

1.Rent an Airbnb

Instead of staying in a hotel, rent an Airbnb. This will help you save a lot of money, especially if you have a big family.

2. Cook your own Meals

Restaurants in places dedicated to tourism are extremely expensive. If you cook your meals, you’ll be able to save more money.

3. Free fun

Do a little bit of research before heading to your destination, try to figure out where all the free fun is. In some cities, museums are free once a month. Finding this type of free fun will help you save money and still have a good time.

4. Travel Light

If you’re renting an Airbnb, make sure to rent one with a washer, this way you’ll be able to travel light and save money on you’re plane tickets.

These are all the tips I have for you, let me know if you have more in the comments down below.

Thank you for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

How to Save Money by being Organised

I’m a very organised person, I love to planning everything ahead, and I’m no different when it comes to finances. Since I started to be more and more organised, I realised that I was saving more money at the end of the month and thanks to it, I managed to save a lot more money!

Here’s how you can do it too.

1.Organise your Pantry and Kitchen

My pantry used to be a mess, and I’d find myself purchasing the same thing over and over because I thought I was out of it and in reality, it was just lost in the middle of the mess! So, one day I took everything out of the pantry and re-organised. This made a huge difference. I started saving more money because I stopped buying what I didn’t need.

2. Budget! Budget! Budget!

Writing down exactly how much you want to spend on each category will stop you from impulse shopping. It will help you to make better choices, and you’ll figure out how much you can start to add to your savings.

3. Plan!!

This tips goes along with the previous one. I started to write down my monthly budget, my expenses, bills, meal plans, etc! I started to have control of my money, and that made my savings increase a lot!

I’m extremely happy to announce that I’m launching a Monthly Money Planner! This Planner has a Budget Spread, a Savings Tracker, a Debt Tracker, an Expenses Tracker, a Bills Tracker, a No Spend Calender, a Meal Planner and more! I’ll leave the link here for you, and I hope this Planner helps you as much as it helped me!

Money Planner

I hope this post was useful! Thank you so much for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next one!

What you should teach your kids about money

Unfortunately, money management isn’t something we learn in school, and because of that, most of us made a lot of managing mistakes when we reached adulthood. To prevent our future generations from making similar mistakes, we need to make sure they have the right knowledge to make their choices.

Here are 4 things you should teach your children.

1.Budgeting

This is something they should start learning from early on. This will not only help them in the future when dealing with their money, but it will also make them be more organized.

2. Type of Lifestyle

We grow up seeing people buying cars, houses and even lifestyles they can’t afford. This equals to debt! What kids should always have in the back of their minds is that they should only buy what they can afford. We need to show them that living under their means while they’re young, will bring them a better financial future.

3. The Importance of Savings

This goes along with the previous tip. Saving for what want will keep them away from debts. And savings also help when there’s some sort of emergency in our lives.

4. The Right Mindset Towards Money

People usually look at money like it’s a horrible thing. They always complain about paying bills and taxes, this is a quite negative money mindset. We need to teach them that money is an amazing thing that helps live a happy life, and paying bills and taxes is a good thing because it means we’re making money!

There are so many games on Pinterest to start teaching young children about this. It’s definitely something that will change their lives. I hope this post was useful.

Thank you for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

Bad money habits you need to break

A while ago, I started making a lot of changes to improve my finances. I realized I wasn’t saving the amount of money I desired and after breaking some bad habits, my savings account increased.. a lot! So, today I’m sharing with you 4 bad habits you need to break and achieve financial freedom.

1.Living above your means

Many of us do this without even realizing. For example, I used to dine out every weekend and I clearly couldn’t afford that lifestyle at the time. Some people pay extremely high rents for what I can afford, etc. Figure out what kind of lifestyle you can afford and make the most out of it.

2. Not saving for an emergency fund

Emergency funds are crucial for us to overcome a crisis. Hopefully, we’ll never go through them, but having that money on the side can make a huge difference. This must be a priority.

3. Not having a budget

I know a lot of people don’t like making budgets, but this is key to be able to live comfortably. There are different techniques that will adapt to your life. Here are a few examples: “How to budget your income”, “The ultimate beginners guide to the 50/30/20 system” and “the ultimate beginners guide to the cash envelope method”.

4. Impulse buying

This was a big problem for me. Whenever I’d get into a store, I’d always leave with bags. It really adds up at the end of the month, so always think twice before buying and make sure it’s something you truly need. You can always add a category to your budget and, that way you’ll get to have fun but it won’t have a bad impact at the end of the month.

I hope this was useful and thank you for reading it. I’ll see you in my next post.

What you should do to stop being broke

This could happen to anyone. Sometimes, things don’t go according to what we previously planned, but it doesn’t mean everything is lost. You can take this as an opportunity to learn and grow new habits.

Here are 6 tips that will help you get out of your reality.

1.Write down all your expenses

Know exactly where you’re spending your money on. Write down every single item that you buy during the month.

2. Divide them

Divide all the items into two categories.

Wants: all the things you are perfectly fine living without.

Needs: all the things you can’t live without.

Also, make sure to figure out how much you spend on each category.

3. Cancel your subscriptions

Cancel all the unnecessary subscriptions, for example, your Netflix subscription or your gym membership. This step will make you have more money on the side.

4. Sell items you no longer need

This is a fast way of making some extra money. I have a post that goes a bit more in debt about this tip.

5 simple ways to make extra money”.

5. Downsize your lifestyle

Try to move to a smaller house so you can pay a lower rent or, move back to your parent’s. Be aware this is only a temporary situation, so don’t be afraid to live with them for a while.

If you’re paying a car debt, you could try to sell it, pay off your debt and get a cheaper one or, instead, you could use public transportation. Again, this is temporary.

6. Get new habits

Start cooking your own meals instead of going out to eat. Clothe shop only when necessary. Quit outside coffee and snacks, bring your own coffee and snacks with you. Make, the start of an emergency fund, a priority.

These are all the tips I have for you. I’d like to highlight the importance of an emergency fund. It’s definitely something, that in case of losing a job or any other unpredictable event, will help you get back on your feet.

Once you move forward from this moment and are finally back on you’re feet, make sure not to stop doing some of the steps on this post. Continue to stay on track of your expenses and don’t live above your means. For example, save money to buy a car instead of getting a loan. This will completely change your reality.

Thank you so much for reading it, I really hope this post helped you and, I’ll see you in my next.

Self-care Investments that will make you save money in the long-term

Self-care should be seen as a necessity. It really is a need, it does well to our body and mind.

On this post, I’m going to focus on the physical self-care and in the future, I’ll make a post about self-care investments for our mental health.

These are things I realized I was spending a lot of money on and to be quite honest with you, I’m not willing to give up on my self-care habits because they do make me feel more confident and more happy with myself. Instead, I decided to make a few changes in order to save money in the long-term.

1.Nail Kit

I absolutely love having my nails done, but I realized I was spending 120 dollars every month on them… that’s 1,440 dollars at the end of a year! So, I decided to buy a nail kit and start getting them done myself. The whole kit (with the UV light and all of those products) was 200$. I’ll be honest, it took me a few tries and a lot of Youtube videos to get them perfect, but it’s definitely worth it!

2. At home hair treatment

My hair is super wavy and, personally, I think I look better with straight hair. So, twice a year I used to permanently straighten my hair at a salon. It is an expensive treatment so I thought I should try an “at home straightening treatment”.

The cons are:

-It’s a two people job. I definitely couldn’t do it by myself, fortunately, my mum was able to help me with it;

-It doesn’t last as long as the professional one does;

-The application is a bit messy.

The pros are:

-It feels like the chemicals are less strong (there are a few in the market that are natural and don’t have chemicals but I’ve never tried them so I don’t know if they actually work.)

-They aren’t expensive;

-You can do them at the comfort of your own home;

-My mum and I definitely had a fun time whilst doing it.

Overall, it is a good investment, it makes you save money and that is always a plus.

3. At home Gym

This is one of my favourites. I really dislike going to the gym, I’m never 100% comfortable but, at the same time, I love working out. Also, my gym membership was quite expensive.

I know I’m not the only one feeling this way about the gym, so I started to follow some Youtube workout videos. Then I bought weights and I will buy more equipment. I already had a threat-mile at home, so that helped me a lot. I definitely recommend this tip.

4. Permanent hair removal

This was definitely something I had been thinking about getting for a while. I decided to invest in an IPL device. There are several prince ranges out there which is a really good thing, I don’t remember the exact price of mine, but I know it wasn’t more than 200 dollars. This really works, it takes a lot of treatments to make the hairs completely disappear but it so worth it. Unfortunately, the biggest con about this device is that it doesn’t work on every skin colour or hair colour, you’ll have to do a little research to figure out if it’s something you’ll want to get.

5. Teeth whitening Kit

I’ve always been a bit sceptical about these, I always thought that only the whitening treatments at the dentist would work, until I tried them myself. I got mine at a pharmacy, so it was a little expensive but definitely less than going to the dentist doing the procedure. I recommend trying but just make sure to do a little research before you buy one, be sure that what you’re getting isn’t extremely aggressive to your teeth.

I hope these tips were useful and let me know which ones you’d like to try or already have tried.

Thank you for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

Different types of savings everyone should have!

In all of my budgeting posts, I mention frequently the importance of turning a big portion of your income into savings. This is a habit we should all have because if we hustle and plan ahead when we are young, our future will be more peacefully and we will be able to enjoy every moment with the people we love.

If you’d like to learn how to budget your income then you should read the posts I’ve written about it: How to budget your income, Beginners guide to the “Cash Envelope” system and the Beginners Guide to the “50/30/20” method.

These are the types of savings we should all have.

1.Emergency Fund

This an extremely important saving you should have. It will help you “survive” in a crisis. If, for some reason, you are left without a job or can’t work because of an illness or you might need to assist a family member, then having this money will make things less stressful.

It should be 6 months to a year worth of bills and debt payments, as well as groceries and other needs.

2. Investment

Having money on the side for future investments that will make you more money, is actually a really good strategy for the future. For example, it could be money to invest in a property so you can rent it and make it a source of passive income. It should be something to start thinking once all of the more urgent savings accounts are more secure.

3. Long-term Savings

This type of savings is meant for something that you know you are going to want or need in the next 10 years. It could be, for example, a house, certain debts covered, university funds for your children, etc.

4. Short-term Savings

If you’re planning, in the next 5 years, upgrading to a new or bigger car/house or for example you want to renovate your space, or even a holiday this is exactly the type of savings account you’ll need.

5. Retirement

This is probably the most important one because we know this is inevitable, we are going to retire someday and we’ll need a fund to live off. Since it’s something more down the road it means we have more time to save but it also means that we have an opportunity to save more and make our retirement less stressing and more enjoyable.

So these are the several account savings we should have. I know not everyone has an income that can cover all of this, but what I want to transmit to you is that even a small amount of money towards them, will have a really positive impact on your future.

Check 5 simple ways to make extra money if you’d like to have a few ideas to earn extra money.

Thank you for reading it and I’ll see you in my next post.