Strategies That Prevent You From Spending Too Much

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One of the best things that you can do for your finances is adopt some strategies that can help you avoid spending too much money. Spending too much on a regular basis will prevent you from saving money for your future and being able to build wealth. It can be easy to overspend without thinking about it because retailers are geniuses at getting consumers to spend more than they intend. Fortunately, there are many strategies you can adopt to counteract this and avoid spending more than you should. Here are some of the best ones to adopt.

Buy Things That Are Durable

Buying things that are durable is a good strategy to use to prevent additional spending. The cost of a durable product may be around 30% more than the cost of a cheaply made alternative, but may last three times as long or longer without needing to be replaced. Furniture, cookware, and items that are frequently used should be purchased for durability just as much as for cost.

Stock Up On Sale Items

Purchasing items while they are on sale is another good strategy for spending less overall. The items that you need may be on sale for a short period of time or may sell out quickly so it is important to purchase the items when you see them. This is especially true for adult clothing, staple food items that can be stored for a long time, over-the-counter medications like allergy pills, and paper products. Using this strategy, you will get the items that you need at a lower price and reduce the number of trips you make to the store to purchase these necessities.

Take Care Of The Things You Own

With today’s throw away and replace it mindset, many people are spending more than they should because they do not take care of the items that they own and replace items instead of fixing them. When it comes to electronics and cell phones, many people do not even wait for the item to break before they buy a new one. All it takes is for someone to tell them that the model that they currently have is obsolete. To save more of your money for things that you really need and that will provide security for the future, keep the items that you own for as long as possible and try to fix things instead of replacing them. If you do not know how to fix something, you may be able to find a tutorial video or list of steps to take on the Internet so that you can fix the item yourself.

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  1. freebird

    My advice: retail therapy can be very expensive so it pays to try to find a suitable generic substitute. Preferably one that is both healthful and low-cost or free (or ideally something that is actually income-producing). In my old hometown in the midwest, land and water are plentiful so it was relatively easy to get a productive garden going. There was enough population density to support farmers markets so depending on your yield, this gets you exercise plus maybe some modest profit. Lots of arts and crafts fit this theme, you can get your creative juices flowing and make stuff to sell online. If you really can’t be away from markets, then maybe learn to be an expert in some kind of antiques, and scour your neighborhood for bargains at estate sales and the like. Basically my message is to think outside the big box and find a way to reverse that cash drain!

  2. I totally agree with you in buying things that are durable, your right that it may cost more but it’s really worth the money compare to cheap but low quality products. I’ve purchased a phone from China before, its cheap but it can easily malfunction before it gets a year old. Now, I’m only purchasing phones that are not made by Chinese but by other races.

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