Jan 102011
 

These “best ways to save money” are based on psychology research…so if you’re looking for money saving tips that are practically guaranteed to work, you’ve come to the right place!

Before the tips, a quip:

“Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale.” ~ Zig Ziglar.

One of the best ways to save money is to figure out how much you “gotta have.” Be specific and concrete — none of that “I want to retire when I’m 45 years old.” That’s too vague. Another important money saving tip is to watch the little things, because those quarters and dollars add up fast! One of the newest, most popular money books on Amazon is Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America’s Cheapest Family: Includes So Many Innovative Strategies You Won’t Have to Cut Couponsit’s a good investment.





And, here are five of the best money saving tips from psychological research…

Best Ways to Save Money – 5 Money Saving Tips That Work

1. Tell your family, friends, and coworkers that you’re saving money. You’re more likely to save money if you share your plans. Research shows the greater the public declaration, the more motivated people are to achieve their goals. So, the more people you tell about your money goals, the higher the chances that you’ll succeed. Your “peeps” will support you when you falter, and they can even make your money goals seem easier! Research from the University of Plymouth shows that when people are at the bottom of a hill with friends, they estimate that it’s easier to climb than if they’re alone. It’s the same thing with saving money: you increase your chances of saving more and spending less money if you surround yourself with people who support you.

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2. Create a plan to save money. Remember my suggestion to set specific and concrete money saving goals? This is practically guaranteed to work: “Those moving aimlessly through life are unlikely to end up suddenly starting a new business or losing a significant amount of weight,” writes Richard Wiseman in 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute. “Successful participants broke their overall goal into a series of sub-goals and thereby created a step-by-step process that helped remove the fear and hesitation associated with trying to achieve a major life change. These plans were especially powerful when the sub-goals were concrete, measurable, and time-based.”
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3. Put your plans to save money in writing. I read a lot about money, love, and success, and one thing that keeps coming up is the importance of writing your goals down. Commiting your financial plans to paper (which isn’t the same as creating a household budget) is one of the best ways to save money because it makes them more real and achievable. This increases the chances you’ll successfully save money. It’s also important to make a list of each of your sub-goals. For instance, if you want to save $10,000 for a new house, write down a money saving plan that sets milestones every $100.
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4. Keep reminding yourself of the benefits of saving money. One of the best ways to save money is to look forward to a positive future. Here’s what the research shows about weight loss motivation — which also applies to money saving motivation: “When looking at weight loss, successful participants might remark on how good they will look and feel  when they drop a dress size, whereas unsuccessful participants might talk about how not losing weight will mean continued unhappiness about their appearance,” writes Wiseman in 59 Seconds.
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5. Reward yourself when you succeed at your financial sub-goals. “As part of their planning, successful participants ensured that each of their sub-goals had a reward attached to it,” writes Wiseman in 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute. “Often it was something small, and it never conflicted with the major goal itself…but nevertheless it gave them something to look forward to and provided a sense of achievement.” This can be a fun financial tip for couples — maybe you can celebrate with intimacy and love!

What do you think of these ways to save money? I welcome your comments below…




For more money saving tips, read How to Live on One Income – 8 Tips for Single Salary Families.

laurie pawlik kienlenI'm Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen - bookworm, travel bug, flute player, writer, blogger, warrior princess. :-) My husband and I live in Vancouver, Canada with our cat and dogs.

Are you happy? My Grade 10 Social Studies teacher always asked me that. And I am happy, despite a hard childhood (schizophrenic mom, no dad, foster homes), infertility, an eating disorder, and a chronic illness. The source of my peace and joy is God; I'm a Christian. Where do you find peace?

I welcome your big and little comments below, about big or little things. I can't give you advice, but writing can give you clarity and insight.

In peace and passion...Laurie

  One Response to “Best Ways to Save Money – 5 Money Saving Tips That Work”

  1. I agree money isn’t everything yet it is essential to living.My problem is I’m worried about money yet don’t want to ever worry about money can’t have ice cream with my cake then eat it too.I spend it on things that are not esssential going on sprees or going grocery shopping when I’m hungry.I’m trying to stay away from watching liquidation channel on TV then putting my number on no call list for solicitors that way they won’t try to sell me anything and you don’t know who they are either trying to get your c card #.

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