They say money makes the world go round, and it does. Just when you feel like you’ve got your income down and your expenses under control, another unexpected cost comes in. It’s never ending. But, that doesn’t mean you have to let money worries get you down. Instead, you should start to see your finances from a practical perspective. In life, there are so many different areas that warrant costs. Some you’ll be able to work out, but others will need paying. So how do you work it out?
At different points in life, you’re going to find yourself wondering is it really worth it? And that’s okay. Sometimes you’re going to want to save as hard as you can for the thing that you want, and then sometimes, you’re going to want to pass. Because you’ll soon realize that not everything warrants your money, or your time and attention. From your home life to the state of your finances themselves, money talks. So, it’s time to work out once and for all what’s worth the investment and what’s best left aside. If you’re not sure where you should be spending or saving your money in life, here are a few pointers to get you thinking.
At home, you could spend and spend and spend until you’re all out of money, but should you? Here’s how to work out where you’re money is best spent.
When it comes to your home improvements, you’ve probably got a list as long as your arm. But, it’s not always easy to know where you should invest. If you’re thinking of selling your home, you’re going to want to focus on the areas that buyers care about most, like the kitchen or bathroom. So, do some research. Sites like Tap Warehouse are great for products, and Pinterest is also good for inspiration. If you’re not looking to sell, write a list of the jobs in order of importance or what matters the most to you and allocate funds that way.
When it comes to your bills, you may want to think about reducing them down as much as possible. To run your home, you don’t want to pay over the odds. So, speak to your utility suppliers to bag a better deal. Then be sure that you need all of the packages and subscriptions you have, and cancel things you can save money on.
Cars cost a lot of money to run, but they don’t have to zap up all of your funds if you don’t want them to. You just need to be smart with what, how, and when you drive.
Reducing Car Running Costs
Firstly, you should think about reducing your running costs. This one is a no-brainer. You shouldn’t pay over the odds just to drive. To cut down on your car costs, there are a few things you can do. Speak to your insurer to see if they can reduce your premium, or shop around when it's time to renew. But, you should also look at options for saving on your fuel too. You could also reduce fuel consumption by driving more carefully, or you could even car share to reduce costs.
Changing What You Drive
You could also think about buying a new car. Sometimes, it's the kind of car that is costing you the most. So, a cheaper option or a more efficient car could work out better. If you have a finance or leasing deal, you could get a cheaper monthly payment for switching to a different make or model.
You may not realise it, but school can cost. There are plenty of ways that you can save on that, but then you may want to think about the ways that you could invest in education as well.
When you want your kid to have the best possible education, you’re going to want to find the best school in your area. But don’t be put off if that is a private school. Sometimes, you may want to invest in your child’s education, but you may also be able to secure a place via a bursary. Depending on your other financial commitments and priorities, this could be one area to invest.
But even state schools can be costly. With uniform costs, trips and even food, the price seems to creep up year after year. So how can you control that? Well, you probably don’t want to scrimp in this area, but you could looking into making your uniforms last longer and being more efficient with food ideas for school.
You’re probably thinking, how can my garden be that expensive? But you’d be surprised by the ways that your outside space can take up a lot of your budget.
If you really need to get outside and create something (anything) out of your garden, you may want to do what you can on a budget. But there are tonnes of ideas for creating a gorgeous garden for next to nothing. You’re going to want to enjoy your garden, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay for expensive landscaping.
Then there’s also the maintenance to think about. When you want to give your garden some oomph, but you don’t think you can handle it yourself, it can be tempting to hire a local gardener to tend to it once or twice a month. Instead, why not learn to love gardening yourself? It’s surprising how easy and therapeutic planting, weeding, and pruning can be (and cheap too!).
Every family loves to get away on a fantastic break as often as they can, but you’re going to want to work out what kind of budget you need. Should it be big or should you be frugal?
Cheap & Cheerful
Yes, you want a family holiday, but it doesn’t have to cost you thousands of pounds if you don’t want it too. You’ve always got the option of doing a staycation close by or staying in a family-friendly park home. Sometime in the UK, that’s close by can be super fun. You often find they’re the best kinds of holidays you can have.
A Special Treat
But sometimes, you do want to spend a bit more. When you have a special occasion coming up, or you’ve been working really hard, and you want to treat yourself and the family, why not go all out and book a fabulous holiday abroad? All inclusive too! If you’re cutting back in every other area too, there’s not reason not to.
Then it comes to the actual savings that you’re going to put away. Whether it’s for a rainy day or something in particular, you’re going to want to work out where to put your money.
One of the best ways to work out how to save and what you should save, is to start a savings plan. It may seem hard at first, but there are so many ways to sneak away a few more pounds here and there. Saving loose change, selling unwanted things, or even boosting your income, you’ll be able to make it happen. Just work out what monthly savings payments you can afford and go from there.
But you’ve always got the option to invest. If you want to take your savings seriously, it could be a viable option. And don’t worry about being a beginner, there is a lot to learn, but you can pick it up easily. Just be sure to be cautious, get your timing right, and do your research, and you’ll be sure to get the hang of it.