1.Pay yourself first.
This means before you go and blow your paycheck on a new pair of shoes or a golf club you don’t need, put money aside in an account that you don’t touch. Do this every time you get paid and watch your account grow.
2.Make a budget (and stick to it).
Create a monthly budget that covers all of your basic expenses and leaves a little bit of fun money aside. Sticking by your budget and saving at least some money each month is a good way to lay the groundwork for your efforts to get rich.
3.Downgrade your car and house.
Could you make do with an apartment instead of a house, or have roommates instead of your own place? Could you buy a used car instead of a new one and use it more sparingly? These are all ways to save a ton of money every month.
Look at the ways you frivolously spend money and rethink everything. For example, avoid going to Starbucks every morning. That $4 you spend on designer coffee every morning comes out to $28 per week, or $1,460 over the course of a year!
5.Track down your expenses.
To soar your efficiency on cutting your expenses, it is vital to keep track of them. Pick one of the numerous expense tracking applications there are around, like Money Lover or Mint, and record every single penny that goes in and out of your wallet. After 3 months or so, you should be able to know where most of your money go and what can you do for that.
6.Spend your tax refund wisely.
In 2007, the average American tax refund was $2,733. That’s a lot of money! Can you use that money to pay off debts or create an emergency fund instead of blowing it on something that will lose half its value the second you buy it? If you invest nearly $3,000 wisely, it could be worth ten times that much in as many years.
U7.Break up with your credit card.
Did you know that people who use credit cards for purchases end up spending more money than people who use cash? That’s because parting with cash is painful. Using a credit card doesn’t carry that much of a sting. If you can, divorce your credit card and see how it feels to pay with cash. You’ll probably end up saving a boatload of money.
If you do maintain a credit card, do things to reduce expenses. Try to pay off the full balance each month and on time. That results in interest-free credit. At the very least, make the monthly minimum payment before the due date to avoid a late fee.