How to Save Money and Spend Wisely. It isn't always easy to save money. Unfortunately, many people live paycheck to paycheck without any savings. Here are some strategies and techniques you can use to start saving some money for the future.
Create a budget for bills, food and other living expenses. A common rule of thumb would be to set aside 5 percent of your paycheck for savings. However, the more money you are able to save, the better.
Try using a "pay as you go" mobile phone, instead of having a home phone with long distance. Pay as you go can keep you from making any long distance calls on a whim and running up your phone bill.
When you are shopping for food or other essential items, make a list. It will help you to organize your spending habits.
Stay away from buying top brand names and designer labels. Shop at stores that offer discount prices. Try visiting flea markets.
Try not to believe in appearances. If you are trying to keep up with your rich neighbors, you might be disappointed. Take care of your future and forget about material things, like appearances.
Try walking, using public transport or using a bicycle to cut fuel costs. Driving a car can be expensive, particularly when you add in the cost of insurance.
Get rid of cable television or keep only basic cable to maintain your reception. If you like movies, join Netflix or Blockbuster Online and rent DVD's for a fraction of your monthly cable bill.