How to Create Better Spending Habits

How to Create Better Spending Habits

Spending money is a fact of life, albeit one of the fun ones.

Another fact of life: How you spend your money is just as important to your financial success as your decision to save or get out of debt.

Smart spending habits keep you from paying too much for an item, overspending on your restaurant budget, or impulse-buying an infomercial curling iron that doubles as a knife sharpener. Nobody needs that.

When you spend smarter, your money goes further. Read on to discover how you can break bad spending habits and create new, healthy ones.

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3 Creative Ways to Save Money This Weekend

3 Creative Ways to Save Money This Weekend

You’ve got a fun season ahead of you full of amazing activities—think sports, holidays and fall festivals. Go ahead and give yourself permission to enjoy these to their fullest by making room in your budget now.

Like, this weekend.

We know what you’re thinking: How can I make a difference with my money in one weekend? It’s easy! Here are three things you can do that are quick and simple—and pack a serious money-saving punch!

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How Routines Eliminate Chaos and Help You Save Money

How Routines Eliminate Chaos and Help You Save Money

Is this shirt clean? Where’s the coffee scoop? What should I pack for lunch? Do I need to stop and get gas before work? Did someone feed the dog?

Mornings! So little time, so much to do.

If you’re making a million decisions before you leave the house, you may be setting yourself up for a day of overspending. Why? It’s called decision fatigue. And it happens when you run around your house, making choice after choice until your head spins.

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10 Items You Should Buy Generic

10 Items You Should Buy Generic

Sometimes it’s worth paying a higher price for a name-brand product. Maybe you like the taste of a particular food or you want a certain brand of baby diapers—we totally get that.

But what about those items you hardly think about, like trash bags or sugar? You could save a hefty amount, possibly to 20–30%, by purchasing the generic version instead. You probably won’t even notice a difference in your daily routine. Plus, that extra money can make a big impact on your budget.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and here are 10 ways we can prove it to you. Next time you go shopping, look for the generic versions of these items.

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