How To Be Modest With Your Money! Comments27 Comments

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Hey everyone, and thank you for joining me for my second edition of Monday Money with Josh! Last week we discussed little known facts about credit scores and, I loved the feedback you all gave me on the article. With that said, I hope to keep you just as engaged today!

The topic today is being modest with your money. Why? Well, as human beings, we have a natural desire to do anything but be modest with money! When we find something we like, we have a tendency to build a need for products or services that should be considered a want. When we are out with friends, we have this overwhelming urge to shout, “I’ll cover the tab!!!” when deep down inside, we know that it’s going to put us in a tough place. With that said, here are 3 simple tips that can help you to be modest with your money…

Tip #1: Think About The Risks And Rewards Of Each Purchase You Make

This is something that took me a long while to start doing. However, when I did start, I noticed that my financial situation continued to get better. Our society was designed around consumerism which, drives us to naturally develop a need for products and services that aren’t really necessary. With that said, the next time you pick up the phone to call the guy on the T.V. with the cool drill or beautiful ring, think about how that purchase will benefit you or risk your financial stability!

This should come even more into play when a promotion guided decision to make a purchase or open a loan is being made. These days, we see a lot of 0% interest until 2015 for auto loans, furniture stores and more. But, these 0% interest loans tend to come back to bite the consumer in the butt. For instance, on many of the furniture loans, if the loan is not payed off within the promotional period, you will not only be required to pay future interest but, past interest will also be calculated and added to your balance! Always read the fine print and think rationally about any promotion guided purchase.

Tip #2: Constantly Look For Ways To Save Money

I know, this tip seems a bit cliché. If you weren’t looking for ways to save money, chances are, you wouldn’t be reading this blog or any other blog surrounded by the personal finance topic. But, many of us only look online for deals. And, I can understand why. But, simple ways to save money in your hometown also go a long way. Simply buying a newspaper could save you $20 or $30 by providing you with coupons you will use for your grocery shopping. Also, many gas stations offer lower prices per gallon if you use their credit card. So, you could use it every time you fill up and pay off the balance immediately. If you do that, you save a few cents per gallon and, you won’t pay interest!

Tip #3: Set A Weekly Fun Spending Budget

The average person pays his or her bills on pay day and the rest is fun money. But, this does not give you the opportunity to save for the future and money is often spent in very poor ways. With that said, it’s best to try and come up with a weekly spending budget that will allow you to do the things you enjoy in moderation, without breaking the bank. To do so, subtract your monthly expenses from your monthly income. I mean all expenses with the exception of miscellaneous purchases and entertainment. Now, simply cut the total in half. One half goes to savings, the other half is divided into the weeks. For instance, if you have a total of $500, $250 will go to savings and you will have a weekly entertainment budget of $62.50. A total that is plenty for a movie and a meal or a night on the town!

Final Thoughts

When it comes to money, much of this comes down to slowing down and thinking about the decisions you are making. So, I challenge you to take a more holistic approach when it comes to money management and frugality! I hope these 3 tips will help you on your journey to become financially stable!

Author Bio: Hey everyone, I’m Joshua Rodriguez! I’m the proud owner and founder of CNAFinance.com and now, the proud journalist behind Monday Money with Josh on Modest Money! I’d love to hear some of the things you do to be modest with your money in the comments below or on Google+!

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By : Josh Rodriguez | 20 May 2013
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27 thoughts on “How To Be Modest With Your Money!

  1. John S @ Frugal Rules

    These are all good tips, especially #3. I know it seems counterintuitive, but it does work and can help you keep your spending in check. We do ours monthly and it does help us with our budget.

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  2. Pauline

    I don’t have a fun budget or an anything budget but put savings first, which ends up being pretty much the same. All the rest is free to be enjoyed.

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  3. Kim@Eyesonthedollar

    I think if you follow rule #1, you really can’t go wrong. It also helps to never buy something that isn’t a basic necessity right away. If you step back and think about the purchase, you might find that you don’t really want it that much or at least you have time to look around for a better deal.

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  4. Tanya

    These are all great ideas! My husband always ask if what we are about to purchase is worth the time spent working for the money it costs. It puts everything we buy in perspective a little bit more.

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  5. Debt Blag

    Nice post. #2 and #3 work so well together. People treat savings either as a maximum amount or a set amount… but why not treat it as just the start? Always good to save more :)

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  6. Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

    Great tips, Joshua. It’s so easy to give into our “wants” because let’s face it – marketers are GREAT at their job. For me, having a goal that I’m working towards helps me keep perspective. The thought of disappointing my daughters and not being able to go on a vacation that they have been flipping cartwheels over for the past 18 months would devastate me. So it’s a lot easier to put whatever caught my eye back on the shelf.

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    1. Joshua Rodriguez

      Shannon,

      Thanks for your comment. Sounds like you’ve found the perfect reason for you to live a financially stable life! We all have our reasons, we just need to figure out what they are.

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  7. zimmy @ moneyandpotatoes.com

    I am always thinking about #1 when I purchase almost anything over $20.00. If the risk/reward factor doesn’t really pan out in my head and the item isn’t essential, I will usually not buy it.

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  8. Budget and the Beach

    I’ve gotten a lot better about #1. I really think about things not a lot more than I used to about each and every purchase, and try not to purchase anything that’s wasteful or won’t be use.

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  9. Edward Antrobus

    I don’t budget fun money. If I did, I would be tempted to spend all of it. Instead, I will occasionally use some money that would otherwise go into extra debt payments. It pushes back my debt-free date by maybe 2 weeks per year, but if I gave myself a dedicated budget, I’m sure I’d spend even more and push that date back even further.

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  10. Alexa

    Making myself more aware of my purchases is what has helped me. It forces me to evaluate my spending decisions. You have to have a fun budget as well. You need to have some sort of reward for staying on track!

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  11. Victor

    Thank you Josh for the insights. We all know from within that we need to be reasonable with our spending. However, there is a wish to disobey this and splurge. A conscience spending will go a long way.

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