12 Ways to Save Money on Everyday Things - Hopeful Perfectionist (2023)

There are many people who believe that living in New York is outrageously expensive. Well, it all depends on how you choose to live.

If you are careless and don't do your research...yes, this city is very expensive. But after being in this city for 7 years, I started to learn the tricks of being in New York but also being a recessionist.

1. COUPON CLIP.This is a fairly new trend for me. I've been getting a lot of emails from David Bach (financial guru) about the crazy women all over North America who clip coupons and get so many things practically for free.

Well, I took the articles very lightly. While at Target, I picked up some of the frozen pizzas by the slice (since they're easier to bring to work). I open it and find that if I submit the UPC along with my receipt and information form, I can get another free pizza.

I bought two... so I get two more slices for free. That means I only spent a total of 99 cents per month. slice.

I clipped coupons from the Sunday paper and then flipped through the flyers to find that not only can I get free Carefree panty liners that week... I have 5 coupons so I get 5 free packs. Tylenol heating pads...on sale for $5 this week...with the $5 coupon...all 5 boxes are free. Finesse shampoo...on sale, buy one get one free. I have $1 coupons for each bottle. Oh, and I get $2 off every product I buy. So I have $10 coming back to me.

Mail-in Rebates... I have a couple of them and already have a coupon for the product. Add Up-Rewards at Rite Aid... and it's like I got paid to shop.

It is very strange how the coupons buzz from left to right. But hey, that's what extreme coupons will do. The funny thing is... I'm just getting started on this couponing adventure... I haven't even gone super extreme yet.

I decided to remove the things I don't want. If I can get it for free... I can donate it to the community kitchen to distribute to the less fortunate.

Also, be sure to check with your local grocery stores to see if and when they allow double or triple coupons (up to 99 cents). That way you can save even more money on your purchases.

2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PROMOTIONS.Social media is starting to become a big thing for retailers. I wasn't originally supposed to go to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards. I had just finished talking to one of the guys from the NHL office about waiving this year's awards.

I went back to my office and saw that Orbitz had just tweeted that if you are the next 10 people to book at an MGM Resort, the plane was on them. So I booked... and got my free flight.

What's also nice is that they used my preferred airline, Continental, to book the trip, which means I'll earn miles after I fly to Las Vegas. I can even upgrade to first class (how about apples?).

The total cost of going to Vegas is usually around $800 or more for me. Now it's $200 for both the hotel and the flight (and I'm not staying in a cheap motel).

It's always best to follow retailers like Orbitz or Orbitz Gnome on Twitter and Facebook. They distribute offers on hotels, flights, etc. continually. It worked for me. I have a free flight to Las Vegas.

I also got Rebecca Minkoff tickets to her fashion show, a Minkoff outfit, and free lunches at Fresh & Co. (they love me there). Let's not forget to grab a Valentino dress for $2 on The Outnet.

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They publish it... so why not take advantage of the freebies that retailers and businesses provide?

3. RECYCLING HAS ITS REWARDS.So the princess (aka Surita) has been getting her fancy Fancy Feast meals for free lately. As? A precious thing calledrecycling bank. By clicking on links, taking challenges, recycling different products (like my Blackberry), I get points. I can use these points to get coupons for free cat food (and various other things).

I prefer to use my points for cat food because I wouldn't buy Surita those Fancy Feast meals unless they were giving them away for free… oh wait… they are.

She's a happy cat thanks to these RecycleBank points.

They also have ways to get $10 off $50 at Macy's, etc. There are so many coupons and gift cards that can be used. All you have to do is collect the points. [They also make it fun and educational.]

4. CASH RETURN FOR PURCHASES.How would you like to buy and get some of the money back?Ebates.comlets you earn some of that money back by shopping through its links (where you can also find coupons for select retailers throughout the site).

I recently used them to get 5% back on my Flip Cam purchase. Those babies aren't cheap. I found a $10 coupon online and $225 later I'm still getting 5% back on my (cash) purchase. That might not sound like much, but when you've shopped and shopped and shopped through links at the places you'd normally shop online (Best Buy, Target, etc.), it all adds up.

Plus, when you refer friends, it's like getting an extra $10 in CASH.

For example, if a blogger refers up to 425 people, they will receive $5,000. Not bad in this recession just to recommend a site, eh? But to make it easier for others, just 10 referrals will get you a $100 gift card to the retailer of your choice. Not bad, right? So recessionists and recessionists... start referring (and using the services).

He had heard about Ebates on the radio. Just a cool way to get some of your money back when you shop and earn some extra cash.

5. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF INTERNET COUPONS.All weekend I was saying... I think my good friend's birthday is on Monday. Monday morning I was told that my intuition was correct... his birthday was on Monday.

I'm always the worst trying to find the right gift for a good friend and end up giving crappy gifts. Well, not this time.

Thanks toGiltCity.comI found not just one perfect gift for my friend, but two gifts. For $100 I ordered a gift card to Fresh. My friend can get a facial and fresh produce worth $125. It was a $250 value that I picked up for $100.

I also ordered a Milk and Honey manicure/pedicure for her at Blush Nail Lounge.

Considering my friend is stuck with so much stuff at home (and trying to declutter), these two spa gifts plus $125 worth of fresh beauty products (a line she loves and always gives away) are the perfect birthday gift. perfect emergency for a good friend.

This week I head to Justin Timberlake's Southern Hospitality to fill up on beer and ribs. I only paid $30 for the coupon. For all you can drink beer and ribs... it's a pretty good deal.

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Throw in $7 movie tickets (compared to $13) and I'm all set. I heard Thor was a pretty popular product last weekend. 😉

The Prudential Center has also joined them in offering discounted "experiences." They really liked these Groupon type places.

What better way to get a great experience (and great freebies) at a fraction of the cost of an exciting New York City experience.

6. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY.Ok...so it seems I've been a little on the lucky side lately. I've won 5 star hotel stays in New York, free airfare, free NHL stuff, free this, free that... the list goes on and on.

But do you know why I win? Because I take risks and just enter contests and take advantage of promotions. What do you have to lose, right? Well, apparently I keep winning things left and right (I'm on a serious streak right now). I don't expect to win things. I just go in and say, "I'm going to win this." And lo and behold... I win it.

Of course, I think this has more to do with my good karma than anything else. 😉

7. SIGN UP TO RECEIVE REWARDS CARDS.It doesn't hurt to sign up for a bonus card at your local grocery store, pharmacy, etc.

Recently, after all my Vera Bradley gift shopping, candle shopping, and stationery shopping at Hallmark, I finally got a $6 gift card to use. It took almost a decade! But then again... I didn't start using the card much until last year.

KMart has a shopping rewards card. They are also connected to Land's End, Sears, etc. One card does it all. It is free to register. It's also worth all the discounts that come from the card.

The Target debit card (so you can track how much money you spend in-store) saves you 5% every time you use the card in-store and online.

If you're a frequent Target shopper like me, this allows you to monitor how much you're spending as well as save 5% on your order. [Since my Target also sells groceries, the 5% discount could have added another $30 off my order (plus all the coupons I used).] Every penny counts.

Some drugstores like CVS and Rite Aid have UP Rewards where you can earn extra dollar rewards for the next time you shop. Luckily, these UP rewards are during sale weeks and you can get bonus dollars. If you play your cards right, one shopping spree, along with all the coupons you used, can earn you up to $50 in UP Rewards to spend on your next shopping spree. Which is nice... you can spend these rewards on almost anything.

For Shoprite, I have the card linked to my Continental miles account, which means that after a certain amount, I can earn miles with my Shoprite rewards card plus all store discounts.

Then again... I'd be crazy if I went to the grocery store and didn't have a rewards card for that store. Most of these sales prices are actually for rewards members.

You must also register your card online for additional savings. At Food Emporium you can add online coupons to your savings card. No need to print coupons, just print the shopping list and bring it to the store. The amount you save is shown next to the shopping list. Just be sure to bring one of your bonus coupons to apply to your purchase as well. Coupons that you have linked to your card are automatically deducted from your receipt.

8. BUY SAMPLE SALES PAGES.I can't stress enough how important it is to act on examples of sales points. All the "refer a friend" stuff can give you credits to buy anything you want on the site. Sometimes I save the credits and use them at Christmas. The one-year credits pretty much cover your entire shopping list.

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What I also like about Gilt City is that when you refer a friend, you get 20% off your next Gilt City order. $10 credit for sample points of sale.

You can get good deals on delicious, qualitative (and designer) clothes with up to 85% discount. It is far better than what you can do in the store. Trust me.

9. Yard/garage sale.Someone else's trash can be someone else's treasure. Now it's spring and that means lots of garage sales.

Last summer I found vintage jars (with flip tops and glass lids) for $1 each. Online, they cost $10.99 each. To get the kind I bought... try $35 each.

I also got a beautiful glass bowl for $3 (great for large floral arrangements) and a large glass tray for $2.

I found Asian decorative pieces for $8 and a Cheer Bear Care Bear for 50 cents.

Why spend an arm and a leg on the things you need for your home when you can probably pick them up at a repair shop for next to nothing?

The general rule of thumb for garage sales… only buy what you know you will love. Everything I have collected are things that I love and use. Don't fill your house with nonsense. Make sure you buy things that you legitimately need. These mason jars are used every day. I love them. You can't find this style anywhere (and so eco-friendly).

The teddy bear was a childhood relic that I own and look at every day. Asian accent pieces work well in my home. That vase... I use it all the time. It is a vital part of my living room. Unifies the entire room.

Buy what you will use and appreciate. If you pick up just because it's cheap, you'll have to have your own yard sale to get rid of it.

10. Don't overdo it.The key to being a successful recessionist is to increase the things you can use, and only those things. Don't overdo it.

Lately I've been cleaning up my house. The rules are 1) if I don't love him, he's gone, 2) if he's homeless, he's gone.

The thing about cleaning a house is that too much can be overwhelming. If you want a happy home, keep it free of obstacles.

I know some people do one item in, one item out. It doesn't work for me. I have collected books for a long time and built both my book library and my DVD library. I don't have cable and once in a while I like to sit down and watch a movie or let a cartoon lull me to sleep at night.

I switch to the library book sale and only buy books in June at Barnes & Noble when they have their annual book sale.

But lately I am facing the dilemma of too many books and not enough bookshelves. You should have the right storage, drawers, baskets and shelves to store your goods. As I am still renovating my office, new bookshelves are being ordered to house my huge collection of classic books. What happens? Fashion magazines and books that I've read and don't want to keep. They go to the library to be archived or resold. Trust me, they will all find a new home.

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Being green, I don't have the heart to buy a Nook or other reader. I just can't see them surviving the apocalypse (insert laugh here). To tell the truth... it's easier to take a book to another country than it is to take an e-reader to another country. Sometimes it's better to stay simplistic than to move with technology. I also like to turn the pages, hold the book in my hands and smell the pages. This is what makes books so valuable to me.

The point is...if you love it...keep it with your collection. But store it properly so it lasts a lifetime. Do not overwrap items (such as toilet paper, soap, etc.) unless you can store them properly. I have a cupboard reserved for all the extra soap etc that I bought on sale.

There is nothing wrong with collecting the things you need. Just don't overdo it. Make sure you have room for it or a place for overhead storage. If you don't... you've overstepped. Just cut back on buying that product until you've made a serious dent in it.

When it comes to food, I consume canned tomatoes, beans, rice, ketchup, mustard, frozen vegetables and salad dressings. But be careful. Some of these items have expiration dates on them. It is best to stick to canned and dry goods in these cases.

I have shelves for these surpluses. I never overdo it. It shows that I keep my kitchen stocked with the essentials at all times (ketchup is the most used item, which means when ketchup is on sale, I get the volume).

Always have plenty of water on hand because the number one thing most homes need in an emergency (like a tornado or flood) is water (because clean water is often in short supply). It is also better to increase the volume of batteries for flashlights as well.

Be sure to keep a survival chest handy for those in emergencies. In this time you will end up using it.

11. Bring your own bags.When I started shopping at Target on a monthly basis, people kept following me because I was carrying a huge bag (or suitcase). I finally started bringing my $400 Just Cavalli bag to tell them… I have money, so stop following me around like I'm stealing!

What I have in the big bags are extra bags to carry my shopping home. When I do, they give me a credit of 5 cents per bag. Even though I end up taking a few bags, they still take 0.25 off my bill for bringing my own bags.

Getting back to the mess... it has taken me 2 years to get rid of all the plastic bags I have stored at home. That's a lot of plastic bags I've tried to recycle!

Many stores accept customers who bring their own bag. If you add up how many times you bring your own bags, I'm sure it will save you a lot more money on your bill a year from now.

You can also recycle your plastic bags (including sandwich bags, Ziploc bags, etc.) at Target and many local grocery stores. Ziploc gives you RecycleBank points when you buy their products and recycle them. More incentive to buy Ziploc and recycle! To me... it's free cat food! 😉

12. Dollar stores are your best friend.When I first moved into the apartment I live in now, I had to cut back a lot for the first few months until I could fully furnish the 2 bedroom apartment. I went from a shared apartment (for the first 6 months after moving to New York) to my own place.

Jack's 99 cent stores filled my fridge for a long time. I had to learn how to cook with different ingredients based on what was in the store that month. But it was a good thing, because I learned to create new dishes.

The dollar tree is also great for Christmas items (especially if you start with ZERO Christmas items to decorate). I loved buying plates and dishes for them. They are cute and last a long time. You can't go wrong when they're all $1 each.

Don't let a dollar store scare you. They have been my lifeline for years. Dollar General stores are still one of my favorite places to shop. There are many cool things. I still have soup bowls, margarita glasses, coffee mugs, etc. that I got from them...all for $1.

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My millionaire aunt taught me that just because you got it at the Dollar Store doesn't mean other people have to know you got it from them. Just buy quality and expensive items. No one will know. 😉


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It goes like this: 40% of income should go towards necessities (such as rent/mortgage, utilities, and groceries) 30% should go towards discretionary spending (such as dining out, entertainment, and shopping) - Hubble Spending Money Account is just for this. 20% should go towards savings or paying off debt.

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The Rule of 72 is a simple way to determine how long an investment will take to double given a fixed annual rate of interest. By dividing 72 by the annual rate of return, investors obtain a rough estimate of how many years it will take for the initial investment to duplicate itself.

What is the 40 20 10 rule? ›

40% of your time should be devoted to your most important priority. 30% of your time should be devoted to your second priority. 20% of your time should be devoted to your third priority. 10% of your time should be devoted to everything else (urgent and obligatory tasks).

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50 Ways To Save Money
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The idea is to divide your income into three categories, spending 50% on needs, 30% on wants, and 20% on savings. Learn more about the 50/30/20 budget rule and if it's right for you.

What are 8 simple ways to save money? ›

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  • Make a budget. ...
  • Plan on saving money. ...
  • Choose something to save for. ...
  • Decide on your priorities. ...
  • Pick the right tools. ...
  • Make saving automatic.

What is the 5x spending rule? ›

It's Fidelity's simple rule of thumb for saving and spending: Aim to allocate no more than 50% of take-home pay to essential expenses, save 15% of pretax income for retirement savings, and keep 5% of take-home pay for short-term savings.

What is the 50 20 rule for money? ›

The 50-30-20 rule recommends putting 50% of your money toward needs, 30% toward wants, and 20% toward savings. The savings category also includes money you will need to realize your future goals.

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In investment, the five percent rule is a philosophy that says an investor should not allocate more than five percent of their portfolio funds into one security or investment. The rule also referred to as FINRA 5% policy, applies to transactions like riskless transactions and proceed sales.

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The 80/20 Rule generally requires insurance companies to spend at least 80% of the money they take in from premiums on health care costs and quality improvement activities. The other 20% can go to administrative, overhead, and marketing costs.

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The 70-20-10 rule holds that: 70 percent of your after-tax income should go toward basic monthly expenses like housing, utilities, food, transportation, and personal living expenses; 20 percent should be saved or put into investments, leaving 10 percent for debt repayment.

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How to save $100,000 fast? ›

What's Ahead:
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How to save $2,000 quickly? ›

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  1. Break Down the Amount You Need To Save.
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  3. Cut Out Unnecessary Monthly Spending.
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  5. Reduce Discretionary Spending.
  6. Check Your Grocery Bill.
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  8. Save Your Windfalls in an Emergency Fund.
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How to save $1,000 fast? ›

Here are just a few more ideas:
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  2. Buy in bulk.
  3. Use generic products.
  4. Avoid paying ATM fees. ...
  5. Pay off your credit cards each month to avoid interest charges.
  6. Pay with cash. ...
  7. Check out movies and books at the library.
  8. Find a carpool buddy to save on gas.

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  2. Getting Out of Debt. ...
  3. Tracking All of Your Spending. ...
  4. Utilizing a Budgeting Method. ...
  5. Cutting Down Expenses. ...
  6. Opening a High-Yield Savings Account. ...
  7. Starting a Side Hustle. ...
  8. Avoiding Eating Out at Restaurants.
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How do I force myself to save? ›

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  8. Cut back on rent.
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  6. Stop buying on impulse. ...
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What is the rule of 69? ›

The Rule of 69 is used to estimate the amount of time it will take for an investment to double, assuming continuously compounded interest. The calculation is to divide 69 by the rate of return for an investment and then add 0.35 to the result.

What is the rule of 114? ›

The formula to determine the Rule of 114 is, to divide 114 by the interest rate equal to the number of years it will take to triple your money. For instance, if you deploy Rs 1,00,000 into an investment with a 12% annual expected return, then the time to triple is 114/12, or 9.5 years.

What is the magic number 72? ›

The magic number

The premise of the rule revolves around either dividing 72 by the interest rate your investment will receive, or inversely, dividing the number of years you would like to double your money in by 72 to give you the required rate of return.

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Financial experts answer this question by using a simple rule of thumb: Car buyers should spend no more than 10% of their take-home pay on a car loan payment and no more than 20% for total car expenses, which also includes things like gas, insurance, repairs and maintenance.

What is the best budget rule? ›

We recommend the popular 50/30/20 budget to maximize your money. In it, you spend roughly 50% of your after-tax dollars on necessities, no more than 30% on wants, and at least 20% on savings and debt repayment.

What is the 30 30 30 10 budget? ›

30% of your income goes to housing; 30% to necessities, such as food and utility bills; 30% to financial goals, such as paying debts or saving money; 10% goes towards wants, such as entertainment and dining out.

What is the 10X money Rule? ›

In short, The 10X rule holds that to reach your fullest potential and see real success, you need to multiply your current goals by 10. For example, if you think you can make 30 sales per month, you should strive for 300 sales each month, instead! Cardone believes that it's our duty to be successful.

What is Rule 72 in savings? ›

Do you know the Rule of 72? It's an easy way to calculate just how long it's going to take for your money to double. Just take the number 72 and divide it by the interest rate you hope to earn. That number gives you the approximate number of years it will take for your investment to double.

What is the 7 day money rules? ›

The 7 Day Rule is an effective strategy to avert impulse buying. The principle is mere. You simply give yourself a “cooling-off period”. Before making purchases above a certain amount, say $100, you give yourself 7 days to think it through.

How to save $5000 in 100 days? ›

How To Save $5,000 in 100 Days
  1. Get 100 empty envelopes. ...
  2. Number each envelope from 1 to 100. ...
  3. Store your envelopes in a container. ...
  4. Shuffle the envelopes in random order. ...
  5. Pick an envelope at random each day. ...
  6. Insert the day's money amount in the envelope. ...
  7. Put the filled envelope aside. ...
  8. Track your savings progress.

What is the 100 dollar saving method? ›

On day one, put $1 in envelope 1. On day 2, put $2 in envelope 2. Continue this way until day 100, when your final savings deposit of $100 will bring you to a grand total of $5,050.

What is the 5 10 15 money saving challenge? ›

Each time you save shade each circle of any 5, 10, 15 dollar, to save the full 1070 in your own time. Saving can be hard but with this you can make it a fun challenge. Safe enough a week to add to the savings pot. Get healthier with your finances and savings.

What is the 4 savings rule? ›

What is the 4% rule for retirement? The 4% rule states that you should be able to comfortably live off of 4% of your money in investments in your first year of retirement, then slightly increase or decrease that amount to account for inflation each subsequent year.

What is the easiest budget method? ›

50/30/20 budget

The 50/30/20 budgeting method is straightforward and requires less work than the zero-based and envelope budgets. The idea is to break down your expenses into three categories: Necessary expenses (50%) Discretionary expenses (30%)

What is the 75 saving rule? ›

For example, if you spend 75% of your income on living expenses, reduce the amount you put into your savings by 5%. If you want to put more money into your savings, you must reduce your living expenses and/or decrease your debt.

What are the 3 rules of saving money? ›

This model suggests allocating 50% of your income to essential expenses, 15% to retirement savings and 5% to an emergency fund. This plan allows you to meet your immediate needs and plan for the future before you spend on anything else.

How can I save $10,000 in a year? ›

If you break down $10,000 into a daily savings goal, you would need to save about $27 per day to reach $10,000 in one year. Alternatively, if you prefer a weekly savings goal, you would need to save about $192 per week to reach $10,000 in one year.

How do you store cash at home? ›

Where to safely keep cash at home. Just like any other piece of paper, cash can get lost, wet or burned. Consider buying a fireproof and waterproof safe for your home. It's also useful for storing other valuables in your home such as jewelry and important personal documents.

Does the 50 30 20 rule work? ›

Is the 50/30/20 budget rule right for you? The 50/30/20 rule can be a good budgeting method for some, but whether the system is right for you will be determined by your unique circumstances. Depending on your income and where you live, 50% may not be enough to cover your needs.

What is the 50 30 20 rule and give an example? ›

The 50-30-20 rule is a common way to allocate the spending categories in your personal or household budget. The rule targets 50% of your after-tax income toward necessities, 30% toward things you don't need—but make life a little nicer—and the final 20% toward paying down debt and/or adding to your savings.

Why is the 50 30 20 rule good? ›

By following the 50-20-30 rule, individuals have a plan with how they should manage their after-tax income. If they find that their expenditures on wants are more than 30%, they can find ways to reduce those expenses that will help direct funds to more important areas such as emergency money and retirement.

What is the 50 30 20 rule biweekly? ›

The basic rule of thumb is 50% for needs, 30% for wants, and 20% for savings or paying off debt. From here you can adjust your spending habits to be smarter and put money in the right places!

What is the 50 40 10 rule? ›

that doesn't involve detailed budgeting categories. Instead, you spend 50% of your after-tax pay on needs, 40% on wants, and 10% on savings or paying off debt.

What are the four walls? ›

You need to make sure your Four Walls (food, utilities, housing and transportation) are paid for each month.

How do you use the 80 20 rule in everyday life? ›

80/20 Rule Examples
  1. 80% of problems originate from 20% of projects.
  2. 60% of your distractions come from 40% of sources.
  3. 70% of customers only use 30% of software features.
  4. 90% of complaints are made by 10% of users.
  5. 80% of value is achieved with the first 20% of effort.
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What is the 10 10 30 50 saving plan? ›

So, if you get a thousand dollars, you live by the “10-10-30-50” rule. The first 10% you tithe, the next 10% you save, 30% is cash in your pocket for incidentals (food, groceries, hair, etc.), and the remaining 50% saved in your checking account for your bills.

What is the 80 20 budget? ›

The 80/20 budgeting method is a common budgeting approach. It involves saving 20% of your income and limiting your spending to 80% of your earnings. This technique allows you to put savings first, and it's both flexible and easy.

What is the 75 15 10 rule? ›

for anybody with any amount of money. so for every dollar you make, you can spend 75 cents. then 15 cents is the minimum that you can invest, and 10 cents is the minimum that you save.

What is the best savings rule? ›

It's our simple guideline for saving and spending: Aim to allocate no more than 50% of take-home pay to essential expenses, save 15% of pretax income for retirement savings, and keep 5% of take-home pay for short-term savings.

What is the 50 25 25 budget? ›

Invest 50% of your salary for your future. Set aside 25% for taxes. Spend the remaining 25%

How much savings should I have at 50? ›

By age 50, you would be considered on track if you have three to six times your preretirement gross income saved. And by age 60, you should have 5.5 to 11 times your salary saved in order to be considered on track for retirement.

How do you pay yourself first? ›

When you pay yourself first, you pay yourself (usually via automatic savings) before you do any other spending. In other words, you are prioritizing your long-term financial well-being.


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