Episode 006 Show Notes
Need quick tips to save money for Christmas? Or another special occasion? Thinking “no” because you’re reading this at another time of year? (Perhaps that’s why so many of us struggle when autumn hits!) For whatever you need these quick tips to save money, I promise you any changes you make now will compound like compound interest and pay you back in future.
Can you save for anything in life if you like paying more for the good stuff in life like healthy food, if you’re an impulse shopper and you love a good sale? If not, what’s the solution?
On the one hand you want to save a big pot of money whether it’s for your first house or financial independence, or both, but on the other hand you like what you like and in the moment when you see a good deal, you find it just too easy to pay up because in that moment all you can see is a sales sticker.
What you can’t see is that money funnelling away from your big goal and into someone else’s pocket, and the next thing you know, it’s five years later, someone else has got really deep pockets and you’ve just got a cupboard full of so-called health foods and a triple wardrobe full of clothes you don’t wear.
I know, because I’ve been there.
Let me give you some tips to save on the things you were going to buy anyway like food, and curb the impulse buying on anything not in your priorities and conquer the temptations invented by marketing . By the end of this you’ll have a whole host of ways to keep more of your money to yourself.
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Here are the previous value for money tips from Supershoppers:
Here’s the post that includes who should sell their car:
Dietitian Priya Tew is my expert go-to for portion sizes for this series of cooking recaps also: Save Money Good Food
I don’t cover investing much around these parts, and that’s Peter’s speciality on his podcast and YouTube channel. I trust Peter when it comes to his recommended investing books therefore.
Broke Millennial Takes On Investing: A Beginner’s Guide To Leveling Up Your Money is also available as an audiobook (click the image below):
Rich Dad’s Guide To Investing (image below is for the audiobook)
Quick Tip To Save Money: Invest!
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