There is so much you can do to reduce your monthly spending it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin. On the other hand, when you want to save money, these obvious savings can be difficult to spot. That’s because your spending habits are so ingrained it’s difficult to see what you can change. It takes a conscious, guided exercise to re-evaluate your spend.
It’s also not enough to measure how much you’d like to spend and then just arbitrarily spend less – if you spend £400 a month on groceries, you’ll find it hard to halve that without completely changing the way you shop. That’s a massive change. Don’t underestimate the difficulty of reversing what is basically a large collection of bad spending habits.
In this series of posts I’m going to look at the spending categories that are common to most budgets and examine each in turn. I’ll point out how you can generate extraordinary savings by taking a fresh look at how you spend in each of these categories. You’ll see that even small changes that don’t look like they’re very significant can, over time, add up to major improvements to your finances.