Episode 003 Show Notes
Can you save for anything in life and still do the things you really want to do, like buying your favourite brands even though they cost extra? When is it worth paying more?
What if you had an extra £5000 this year? What would you do with that money? Or is it hard to pick one priority?
Are you torn between spending it on something you enjoy but you know won’t last, or spending it on what you really need by putting it towards a home deposit of some kind, or are you thinking that maybe you’d grow it into even more wealth by investing it in a business or the stock market? Is it hard to pick because an extra £5k just sounds like a pipe dream anyway?
If it feels like saving four figures just isn’t possible because you like what you like, you like it on impulse, and what you like is expensive, but you also feel like you can’t continue spending that way, then I’ve got at least 3 ways today for you to save money while still living it up. By the end of this you’ll know when it’s worth paying more in these areas, and these are small and easy adjustments that anyone can make… Hint: it’s worth paying more, when you pay yourself first!
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Previous Episode: HTSLAB 002: 3 Food Myths That Make Us Overspend
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Why do flat whites cost more?
Are cheap phone chargers dangerous?
Why does Fever Tree cost more?
How do you stop impulse shopping?
And most importantly:
Are you paying yourself first?
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Or are you just having thoughts about how you might make more money on the side, but you’re not quite sure where to start? What’s tempting you and what’s stopping you from doing that already?
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Related Blog Posts & Episodes
Episode 001 and Episode 002 also mentions tips from Supershoppers:
Save Money Good Health re: Voss Water and friends
How To Save Like A Bear In July (for more on Joe Wicks)
Recommendations In This Episode
The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach on Amazon
There is an audiobook version:
The Latte Factor by David Bach on Amazon
Also an audiobook:
My beloved Russell Hobbs coffee machine for insourcing your coffee habit:
You can indeed buy Fever Tree tonic water in bulk on Amazon too.
If you usually pay for supermarket delivery and Amazon Prime, AmazonFresh deliveries are free now in selected postcodes. You can try AmazonFresh free for 30 days first.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi on Amazon
Guess what? There’s an audiobook of IWTYTBR!
Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz on Amazon
You can of course consider the audiobook:
Or you can listen to one of the books above with a free trial of Audible.
I don’t believe any of them are included in a free trial of Kindle Unlimited, (but you’ll likely find something to read among the 1million+ books that are included).
Try Prime for free for 30 days first if needed.
Students can get a six month free trial of Prime.
The quote at the end comes from cult TV classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Seasons 1-7 of Buffy on DVD are great value IMHO (i.e. over 100 hours of entertainment!), or it’s available to Prime members. If you want to watch before you buy, get a free trial of Amazon Prime Video.
Further Reading & Resources
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Ramit’s rants against skipping coffee shops to become rich crop up in most of his guest interviews. Try this one where he also talks about online entrepreneurship (subscribe if you like this podcast too!)
I can’t mention everything in every episode. However, I Will Teach You To Be Rich is also included in a worthy four book bundle designed to transform your life for the better. This collection of positive psychology books also includes Atomic Habits by James Clear, Mindset by Dr Carol S. Dweck, and The One Thing by Gary Keller.
Side hustlers and full-time entrepreneurs can get a free Amazon Business Account, so that you can order all your best value supplies in one place.
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