People everywhere want to make money; that's just a fact of life. But often making money isn't the only way we can have enough to pay the bills and have a great life. After all, it's not about how much you make, but about how much you have left after you pay your bills. Saving money can also enable you to have more money on which to live. So now the question is, should you focus on making money or saving money?
That's what we're going to figure out!
Let's dive into the questions that will help you decide what is right for your budget: Making money or saving money.
How to Save Money
1. Cutting Back
Do you see areas where you can cut back? Cutting back could mean you don't need to make more money. By saving money, you'll wind up with more money to spend, either on bills and necessities or extras.
You can cut back on things like cell phones, TV, eating out, movie rentals, magazine subscriptions, and high priced coffee. (Note that I didn't say coffee in general … I am not a mad woman!) Anything that is considered ‘extra' for you, or that you can live without, even short-term. It's so easy to lose track of how much we're spending on all the little extras. Track your spending for a month. Every single time you pay for something, write it down. You might be surprised how much is spent on things that are wants and not needs.
2. Shop Frugally
Try shopping frugally. Use coupons, smartphone apps, and shop sales. Only shop once a week maximum, or twice a month. Fewer trips to the store mean more money saved. We usually do our grocery shopping once a week and go once a month for all our household necessities.
3. Shop Online
Shopping online has advantages that will help you with this. There are many deal sites where you can get great products at a fraction of the cost. Use Groupon to save on not only products but also events in your area. Zulily and Jane are also great daily deal sites. Ebates will earn you cash back at almost every store online every single time you shop.
Another way to save is by having products you use regularly sent directly to your door. I use Grove Collaborative to deliver things like dishwashing soap, hand soap, bathroom cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, and more. Amazon is another great option. By having your products delivered, you'll only wind up with what you absolutely need and won't pick up any extras that you don't.
Tips on how to decide if you should be making money:
If you've tried cutting back on expenses and changing your shopping habits and you still can't get by, then you probably should focus on making money.
There are all kinds of ways to make extra money nowadays. People everywhere are finding side gigs to do in addition to their regular jobs. You can make money online, make money in direct sales, and make money selling a product or service.
Writing is a great way to start making money online. If you're not sure where to start, check out our list of 99 paid writing gigs.
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At the end of the day, only you can decide if you should focus on making money or saving money. Whether these changes are temporary or long term, I hope these tips can help you get your budget on track for the long haul so you can enjoy your life.
Anything to add? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!