April Showers Bring Financial Advice for May
With gas prices soaring, the economy crawling forward, and uncertainty regarding the federal budget, there’s never been a better time to get your personal finances in order. No longer can we rely on the government for help, we have to take matters into our own hands.
Here are three money saving tips you can begin to implement in May to better your finances and life. Which ones are you going to work on?
Fill your vehicle’s tank half way or less. This is one of the best ways to save money on gasoline prices. Why? Your vehicle will have to pull less weight when your tank is half full. While you’re at it, clean out your car and unload any unnecessary weight that could be pushing up your fuel consumption. It’s also important to keep fuel prices in perspective with the rest of the world: there are many countries that far exceed the gasoline pricing of the United States.
Create a responsible budget. It’s easy to forget to reconcile all your financial transactions. Grab as many receipts as you can from merchants and write down how much you are actually spending. Subtract these receipts from the budgeting categories you have created, and do this frequently! You’ll have better control over your money and won’t be creating a deficit. By reviewing your spending behaviors you’re sure to find some leaks in your wallet.
Take advantage of fresh cut spring flowers for gifts. You’ll save so much money by cutting flowers from your own garden or finding great deals at your local markets. Now is also the time to stock up on seed for your very own garden. By investing a little bit of time now, you’ll save money by not having to purchase produce later on, and eat healthier too.
May is a great time of year. The sun is starting to show itself and warm summer days are just around the bend. Make this month healthy all around by following these tips and you’ll have more money to spend on what matters most. While you’re at it, learn a few more ways to save money in unusual ways.