Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - It's the new year and the resolve to save money is at the top of a lot of lists. Just wanting to do it isn't enough to keep the habit going though. With these tips you can get on track and make it easier to keep going all year long.
~Get organized. You don't need a 500 page binder full of coupons to get the job done. Little changes like a small coupon folder or a bag specifically set aside to hold your coupons will give you a little help.
~Make reminders. Set your smartphone to remind you to buy a paper every Sunday or to alert you once a week that you need to look at your coupons before going to the store. Put a note on your dashboard, refrigerator or bathroom mirror (or all of the above) so you see it and reinforce the idea in your head.
~Track your savings. A simple sheet of paper on your desk, a spreadsheet on your computer, anything that will let you see what you have saved. When you can see not just the about $10 per week, but $50 in a month tallied up you will be more motivated to keep working at your savings.
~Don't beat yourself up. One or two "off" weeks can be normal. The sales aren't as good, you weren't feeling well. It's important to remember that habits take time to form and that the bigger savings picture takes time to come into focus.
~Try, try again. If you do get off track, resolve to start again. Sales rotate, different items save you more at different times. Just pick up and go again when you are ready.
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