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Regardless of whether you track your spending on a regular basis, you probably have a fairly good idea if your spending is out of control. If you have a queasy feeling every time you leave a store, that’s your first sign. If you hide your purchases when you get home, that’s your second clue. And if you’ve ever said something like, “this old thing?!?” Well, let’s just say that the light bulb should’ve gone off.

It’s easy to overspend. I’ve been there, and I understand. You can do it online with the click of a button, or you can enter a store for a specific thing (some retail therapy?), only to exit with a pit in your stomach over that item that you just had to buy.

But it was on sale? It still counts as overspending.

Over the next month, I’m going to share my best tips for getting your finances under control. It all begins with taking control of your spending. Yes, you need certain “spending tools” as part of your financial toolkit, but those tools are only as good as the holder’s willpower (yes, that’s you).

I don’t have a lot of willpower (hello, empty Oreo container), but there are ways to keep your spending under control even if you can’t resist a sale.

What do you need to work on to take control of your spending (and your finances in general)? Is there anything that you need to focus on this month? Leave a comment below (or message me on Facebook), and I’ll be sure to include it. In the meantime, here’s a list of the topics we already covered:

Happy spend-as-little-as-possible October!