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5 Ways to Become a Savvy Spender Next Year

If you're stuck in the cycle of living from one paycheck to the next, then now's the time to make a change. The new year is almost here, and there's no better time to take a stand and decide that you're going to become a savvier spender. The good news is that no matter what your income or background might be, anyone can decide to save more and make a real impact on their relationship with cash. All you need to do is start with the right strategy.

Today, we're going to share some quick and simple ways that you can start on your journey towards savvy spending in 2020.

Let's get started.

1.Cut Your Energy Costs

Yes, this is still an issue - even in 2020. Cutting your energy costs is one of the best ways that you can save money in 2020, and it's also a great thing for the environment too. Since most utilities providers can offer you a free smart metre for your home today, it's worth taking advantage and finding out where you're spending the most cash.

When you're using your smart metre, pay attention to how much you waste on things like leaving your television running all night long. It might also be a good idea to switch some old-fashioned appliances out for new energy-saving models too!

2.Stop Eating Out

There's nothing wrong with treating yourself to a delicious takeaway or a meal at your favourite restaurant from time to time, but for some of us, eating out has become a crutch. We rely on takeaway food and cafes because we don't have the time to make our own packed lunches at home or prepare a home-cooked meal when we're finished with work.

If your busy schedule is keeping you locked in an unhealthy schedule of eating out, then now could be the perfect time to change all that. Start prepping your meals ahead of time for the week ahead and freezing them so that you can access them easily. You can also pack your own lunches for work!

3.Freeze your Spending

One great way to improve your saving habits in 2020 is to consider a spending freeze. Basically, for one week of the month, you tell yourself that you're not going to spend any money at all. You arrange for your bills and loans you’re repaying to go out at a different time to that week, and you make sure that you're using the food that you have in your house, so you don't have to buy anything on the go.

If you really want to go in-depth with this spending freeze, you can also consider walking or taking a bike to work so that you can avoid spending money on fuel.

4.Do Everything yourself

Before you start spending money on anything in the new year, consider asking yourself whether you might be able to save more if you learn how to do it yourself. For instance, you don't necessarily need to pay hundreds of pounds for a decorator to come and paint your house if you can do it yourself. You can also try putting up shelves and doing other basic tasks on your own, so you don't need to hire a handyman.

One of the best things you can learn to do by yourself is grow your own food. When you do that, you won't need to spend a fortune on perishable items at the supermarket, because you'll have everything you want in your garden. You can also use the veggies and fruits that you grow to learn how to make new dishes for your family to enjoy.

5.Sell The Things that You're Hoarding

Finally, if your attic and storage spaces are packed full of items that you're not using, or things that you don't really need, then one of the best things you can do is start getting rid of them. You don't need to sell everything, as some of your old possessions might not be worth much, but even donating those possessions or throwing them away will help you to get used to living without clutter.

If you're lucky enough to find some items that are worth something that you can sell, use the cash you make to build the beginnings of an emergency savings account. You can use that money as your rainy day fund, ensuring that you have somewhere to turn if you ever run out of cash and you're hit by a flat tire or a broken appliance.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of EconoTimes.

By Sheena Jordan
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