At the beginning of each year, many banks and credit cards will include year-end summaries of your spending habits. Before you file them away, be sure to review the charges to see if you need to adjust your yearly budget.
- Take the time to actually review those summaries. They’re usually user-friendly and if you’re looking online, many of them will allow you to break out expenses into different helpful views. When the expenses are organized by category, you might be surprised at how much you spend on things like dining out. Year-end summaries can help you see how much those daily or weekly habits can add up.
- Look at where you can make adjustments to save. Surprisingly, one of the easiest ways to save money is to simply pay your bills on time. This helps you avoid late fees which can accumulate. Another idea is to be more strategic about how you hit the ATM – when you don’t go to your own bank’s ATM, you are charged pesky fees, so consider your weekly schedule. Perhaps you’re already near your own bank’s ATM while running weekly errands and just need to plan accordingly.
Saving money doesn’t have to mean big changes to your lifestyle. Start small and make minor adjustments over time.
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