Saving money is very personal. For some people it is very easy, they were brought up that way. For others, it is very difficult, they spend everything on their pockets. No one was ever born to be a person who naturally saves. It is a skill that is learned and practiced. If you want to save then you should start now.
Those who save usually have lesser financial woes than spenders. Since it is very easy to be spender than to be a saver, you need some tips on saving money. Some tips are applicable and some are not. All of them have a common denominator, they will help you save money and that is the most important thing of all.
Cool Off Before You Buy
Humans are visually oriented. Whenever you see an item on discounted price or an expensive item on sale, you just experience that strong urge to buy. Buying is an emotional thing. You buy because you like it and the ad has played into your emotions. If you want to experience saving money, cool off before you buy.
It basically means do not buy yet but allow time to pass before you buy. You will argue that you need to buy now because it’s on sale. That is exactly the point. Do not buy now because the sale is playing with your emotions. After three days, you won’t have the urge to buy. In fact you will forget the whole thing.
Break the Credit Card Habit
Purchasing items using your credit card is a habit. When you go to the grocery you pay by credit card. When you go to the filling station to buy petrol, you get your card and use it to pay. When there is an item on zero interest to get your card to pay. If saving money is your goal, never buy by credit card on a zero interest item. The interest is already added on the purchase price. Instead, pay on cash and ask for a rebate.
Look for Anything Free
There are freebies anywhere from shampoos, soap and a list of grocery items. Do not be ashamed but take advantage of companies that are giving away free stuff. They can save you lots of pounds in the long run. Saving money cannot be this easy.
Sell Anything on eBay
Clean your closets and look for stuff you have not used for years. It can be anything from clothes to jewellery. Take photos of the items and sell them on eBay. You will be surprised when you have offers.
Collect your Coins
You may just leave your coins and pennies lying around somewhere. One principle is saving money is that you do it in increments. When you gather those coins in one place you can exchange them for pounds later.