Money helps us to live the life of our dreams, as long as we’re earning plenty and not splurging too much. While most of us are busy balancing our personal expenses with one yearly trip to make sure we have a bed to sleep in and food to eat every day, many others are pretty sorted with their paychecks and credit card bills! They work as much as we do and yet their saving game has upped the ante.
1. The 24-hour rule
Millionaires swear by the 24-hour rule. They may not need to give it a second thought before making an expensive purchase, but they give it a day’s time before actually making the decision. Impulsive buys happen from an emotional trigger and are often unnecessary. Ask yourself the “want or need” question and you won’t splurge as much.
2. An all-cash diet
Cashless economies are good for your wallet but aren’t too friendly with credit card bills. People who spend strategically prefer cash over a card, especially for smaller purchases. The rich live by the habit of keeping as far away from debt as possible. You can start paying for your meals in cash and avoid saving your card details in browsers to keep a tab on your expenses.
3. Set a budget and stick to it.
This sounds cliché but setting a clear budget on your payday and sticking to it will help you save loads of money. Take an honest “income vs expenditure” audit and put a cap on your personal expenditure. Financial experts call it the 50/30/20 budgeting method.
4. Spend on things that help you earn.
You don’t need to be miserable to save money. The rich splurge on things that guarantee a long term investment. Making purchases that help your work, contribute to your current job, or add to your overall earning power are good.
Kimberly Palmer, a personal finance expert at Nerdwallet, is happy to splurge on work outfits, a good laptop, or a reliable car.
5. Invest in services that save you time.
According to Business Insider, the rich don’t shy away from splurging on services that could save their time and mental agony. They focus on investing rather than spending. Getting your groceries home delivered, using laundry services, or renting a comparatively expensive space to stay closer to work will only add quality time to your life. These things may cost more but they give you an ample amount of time to do the things that make you happy.
6. Experiences are invaluable.
Millionaires live a flamboyant lifestyle and make sure to add life experiences to their calendar. That’s because they prioritise spending on enriching experiences that add to their life and health. They would easily swap their daily expenses with life-changing treks, skydiving, trips, or a gym membership!
7. Bills first, rest later!
Understanding your fixed expenses is what people good at managing money do better than us. They swear by the rule of paying their fixed expenses on the very first day through automated systems so that they have a clear view of how to spend the rest of their money.
8. Make a shopping list for annual sales.
We all love sales. However, buying stuff that isn’t on sale doesn’t necessarily equate to saving money. As lucrative as sales can be, they eventually make you spend way more than you should and buy stuff that you didn’t even need in the first place. People that are good with money advise to plan your shopping list in advance and schedule your big buys through sales to get a good bargain.
9. Invest in things that make you happy and healthy.
Buying stuff that makes you happy and that add to your hobbies and passions once in a while is okay. The rich “work hard and play harder” by making sure they love what they do and invest in things that make them happy. If you’re passionate about constellations, splurging on a telescope is okay as long as your savings allow it and you are truly happy.
10. Start “no spending” days or weekends.
People who are good at saving are also good at controlling their urge to spend unnecessarily. Try having a “no spending” day every week or on the weekends and stick with it.
11. Save your change and use it.
Everybody hates loose change. Once you’ve dropped a coin in your bag, you forget about it. But guess what: every penny saved is a penny earned! Keep the change handy and reuse it for your coffee/snack breaks to keep your daily expenses at a minimum.
12. Repair things before discarding them.
While the rich love to invest, they believe in committing to their purchases until their very last breath. They propagate the idea of getting machines and gadgets repaired when they break down before putting them in the trash. Fixing things saves money and the planet too!