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Take Control of Your Spending

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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!

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Sofi Dagnon

Thursday 1st of October 2015

Really looking forward to reading your posts. I really enjoy reading about how other people manage their finances, can't wait to see your take on it.

Alison

Thursday 1st of October 2015

Thanks, Sofi. I love peeking into others' finances, too! :) Let me know how these posts help. It should be a fun month!

Anjela Curtis

Thursday 1st of October 2015

Looking forward to reading your posts this month. As a freelancer, I've learned how to curb my spending; however, I look forward to reading you posts.

Alison

Thursday 1st of October 2015

Thanks, Anjela! I've always been pretty frugal, but since becoming a SAHM, I've tried to cut our household spending even more. I'm excited to write about how to save on things like meat and produce, where to shop, how to automate your spending, and other ways that I've been trying to save over the past few months!