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    How can I save?

    I'm wondering if I can still save. I always try to but I do have the habit of buying things for our house. I like decorating the house. I always go and shop and look for bargains. I want to stop and start saving but how? Do you have savings and do you manage to keep it for a long time?

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    Here's a technique I use: stay out of the stores. I know when I shop I will find something I have to have, so I just don't. I also find it helpful to focus on why I want to save/my long term goal. You have to want the long term goal more than the temporary high of shopping to do this over the long haul.

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    Instead of looking for bargains, make a list of everything you really need. Figure out how much money you have to work with. Then hit the garage sales and second-hand stores and Craigslist (Craigslist is generally more expensive, but you can just check FREE listings.)

    Don't buy anything not on your list. Don't compromise ("it's not really what I want but it's a deal and okay for now".) No. Only get stuff in really good condition that you actually like a lot and has all your requirements.

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    What works for me is to only use cash, and to limit that cash by having money automatically transferred from checking to savings each month. I do not have an ATM card further limiting my access to cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    What works for me is to only use cash, and to limit that cash by having money automatically transferred from checking to savings each month. I do not have an ATM card further limiting my access to cash.
    I admire this technique and have used it for months at a time to build up savings and/or pay down debts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by messengerhot View Post
    I'm wondering if I can still save. I always try to but I do have the habit of buying things for our house. I like decorating the house. I always go and shop and look for bargains. I want to stop and start saving but how? Do you have savings and do you manage to keep it for a long time?
    Ask yourself this: What would you really rather have -- savings or home decor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultralight View Post
    Ask yourself this: What would you really rather have -- savings or home decor?
    That is my approach. You have two competing choices. Which is the priority? It is true for every decision on spending that you make whether for 50 cents or $500 or more. All about values and longterm consequences.
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

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    a) You can do some kind of automatic savings-I have money taken out of my checking account automatically every month and it really adds up.
    b) Stop thinking that you're saving money by spending money on bargains. If you saved 50% by spending $10 on a $20 item, you didn't save money--you spent $10. This is why I never coupon. I'd rather do without the packaged crap than save 80% on it.
    c) Make do with what you have
    d) Take the challenge of testing your own resourcefulness by utilizing what's at hand to fill your needs
    e) Buy things at Goodwill or Craigslist. Since I've been shopping for things I need for my house in VT, I've gotten the most excited by far from the purchases I made at "Granny's Attic" and Craigslist.
    f) Don't read any catalogs, or watch HGTV or go to the home decor section of department stores. Just don't.
    f) How much home decor do you need? Once you have a place to sit, a table, good lighting and window coverings for privacy, do you really need more?
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    Quote Originally Posted by messengerhot View Post
    I always go and shop and look for bargains. I want to stop and start saving but how? Do you have savings and do you manage to keep it for a long time?
    STOP this! No shopping=no buying. Don't look online. Don't look at advertisements. They have the goal of taking your money.

    Do you have a budget? Do you track your expenses? (if not, read Your Money or Your Life and do the exercises).

    To start right now this minute?

    1. Put 10% of your take home pay in a savings account every pay day.
    2. If it is not a MUST have, don't spend $ on it.
    3. Pay bills first.
    4. Put food on the table-be frugal about purchases and use every morsel.
    5. Only dip into that savings if it is required to meet #3 or #4 above.
    6. Do this for 90 days.
    7. At 90 days: Reevaluate. Did you have to dip into the savings?
    8. NO? How much is left over in your checking account?
    9. Use that $. Pay off any remaining debt OR, put it into savings.
    10. Continue for another 9 months in this manner reevaluating every 90 days.
    11. At 1 year, evaluate how you're feeling.
    12. Are you super proud and happy to have that savings?
    13. Is there "stuff" you truly find a necessity that you should now go out and purchase from that savings account?
    14. Are you now evaluating every single purchase?
    a. Does it make me happy?
    b. Do I need it?
    c. Do I use it?
    d. Do I regret it?

    Once you become mindful of every penny and what those pennies can do for you over the long-term, being mindful will become normal for you.

    Every financial change begins with that first penny, that first 'no, I will not purchase this', 'no, I do not need this', 'no, this will not improve my life'.

    We did this. We did not enjoy the journey but we were committed to the principles. And we are so happy with the results of paying off mortgage, paying cash for anything we need (including a car, an AC/Heat unit) AND most of all, fully funded retirement accounts 24years after starting this journey.

    YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Great post, Gardnr. That's how we did it and are now enjoying a wonderful care free retirement.

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