With inflation and most people living paycheck to paycheck, it feels nearly impossible to manage finances — let alone save money.
But if you are currently looking to get a better grasp of your finances and have the ability to save money, you can check out these money tips and hacks from Reddit user u/halal_queries_only's thread where they asked: "What's an easy way to save money?"
While saving money is not exactly an easy thing to do in today's climate (or really any climate), hopefully, some of the below tips might be useful for your current lifestyle.
1. "If your job does direct deposit, one easy way to save is to open a savings account where a certain amount of your direct deposit is automatically put in for you. It’s like out of sight, out of mind (for me at least)."
2. "Open a notice account, one where you don't have access to your money without giving a month's notice. And transfer some in every payday."
3. "Learn how to cook. ('But I don't know how to cook.') Cooking is literally just following instructions. There are YouTube videos or websites that can spell out everything you need."
4. "Buy in bulk and freeze your meat. I just got eight pounds of ground beef and 10 chicken breasts for $15 each. That's about 40 meals worth of meat for $30."
5. "Don’t check out immediately when you're online shopping. Let an item sit in your cart for a few days, then decide if you really need/want it."
7. "Pay in cash. Don't carry any with you so you actually have to go and get it then go back. I guarantee you'll think more than twice."
8. "Don’t save what is left after spending but rather spend what is left after saving. In other words, pay yourself first."
9. "When buying furniture, either buy used or buy 'scratch and dent' from the store, when people refuse the delivery because of damage. If it's minor, they generally mark down the price over half off. For example, a $1,300 couch becomes a $550 couch with a minor scratch on it."
10. "When you get a pay raise, add that to the amount you're saving already. Just don't increase your expenses accordingly."
11. "Set up a separate savings account and have 20% of your paycheck automatically deposited. I had to do this three years ago, as it was the only way I would save. That account is now up to almost $30K. It's growing slower than I expected, but unlike my 401K it's after-tax money."
12. "Write down everything you spend money on, everything. It makes you more aware of where it goes and what little things actually add up."
"I did this for two years until I got a good feel for my income and spending habits and it worked well.
Google Sheets has a great budget template. You can enter your monthly earnings, monthly expected expenses in every category, and then actual expenses in every category. That way you can see what you thought you'd spend compared to what you actually did. It's a really helpful way to visualize your spending."
13. "Drop alcohol."
14. "Buy non-immediate things off-season or times with a super sale. For example, need new boots but can wait until after this winter season? Buy them in March when they are 50% off. The same thing with summer clothes: buy them in September when it’s discounted."
15. "Separate bank accounts for separate purposes. It seems silly, but it works. Between my wife and I, we have four separate checking accounts at three different banks. One is our joint account for everyday spending/variable expenses (i.e. groceries, gas, etc), one is a joint account that is only used for debt services and recurring expenses (i.e. mortgage, car payment, etc), and then we each have our own checking accounts for our own money. The way I manage it is that I have a certain amount deposited each week into each account directly through payroll so there is no manual transfer. This way, there's never a possibility of coming up short."
16. "Three things that helped: 1) Think about what percentage of your monthly income goes for rent and bills. Divide the rest by 30 so you know roughly how much your daily spending should be. When (not if) you go over that limit, you can balance things by spending the next one to three days less so you get back on track. You'll be surprised how much this helps in the long run."
2) Don't try to save money. Instead, take a notepad and divide one page into three columns based on importance. First is mandatory (rent, bills), second is preferred (things that you want to have in your life), third is optional (as an example: think of the subscriptions you don't use but still pay for because you 'might need them at some point.' Netflix was a good one for me.)
3) After you've done that, ask two of your friends to make a similar list based on their spending habits and needs (even better if you guys have roughly the same income). Compare the lists and discuss them. This helped me realize several things about my spending habits and helped me clear some of my unnecessary spending."