5 Behaviours That Help You Save Money

There aren't always discounts or promos to be had. And we can't always time our spending around them either.

But on any given day, we can do our best to save money. Here are five behaviors that can help us do just that.

Asking "how much?"

Asking how much can be rude, if not done right. But doing so (nicely) helps you form reference points - how much something costs where (and even when). Even if you aren't planning on buying something, or not even particularly interested in it, politely asking how much can beneficial.

Going deeper though, you can ask yourself: How much is it worth to you?

How much are the raw materials? Is it something only they can provide? How much are others charging? Is the time/effort it saves you worth that "extra" amount?

Being Curios

Learning stuff and tinkering used to mean you broke stuff - and consequently cost you money. Now that you're older (or just more responsible), it can mean you know a lot more and can do things for yourself or fix things on your own.

A lot of things are actually pretty simple to do: changing your own watch's batteries, fixing a leaky/broken faucet (or perhaps even a pipe), replacing broken door handles, installing/replacing locks, unclogging a drain, etc.

Having a Can-do Attitude

Curiosity won't save you that much if you end up paying other people to do most stuff for you.

In fact, if you live in a condo, handymen will gladly rob you blind charge you Php500 just to do most of those things mentioned above - not including what they'll overcharge for any parts needed.

Fact-checking / Critical Thinking

Everyday we're bombarded with misleading or selective information from ads, sensational news, and whatnot.

Ads especially are prone to praying on our fears, insecurities, and vulnerabilities. It's best if we're able to separate fact from fiction and spend without the burden of those false fears and unnecessarily magnified insecurities.

Being Focused

Time is gold, right?

If you can be more focused (on the right things, that is) then you can be more productive. It can mean having more time to get more stuff done (and avoid paying people to do it instead).

(Or maybe learn and increase your skills and, by extension, maybe your income.)

It also helps to be focused - as in more mindful or "in the moment." Is that money in your wallet really extra cash? Do you really need this particular item right now or do you have enough at home? Will buying something really save you money?

What about you? Any habits that help you save? Leave a comment below and share!

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