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Do you spend money everyday?

5 Nov

“Do you spend money everyday,” I asked my friend recently.  The reply was “Yes!”.

“How about myself?”  Well, I certainly do not spend money everyday.  I track my expenses everyday in my spreadsheet.  So I decided to count how many days I spend in a month.  On average, I end up spending money almost everyday as well.  20 days out of the month is a pretty high ratio!  I was surprised by this finding.  Since, I am not a big spender at heart!

Even though, I am spending 20 days out of the month.  My purchases are controlled and small.  I don’t really follow a budget.  If I see something I like or need, I will whip out my credit card to make my purchase.  I lead a simple life.  Most of my major purchases have been made, but there are always things that will pop into the picture which will make a dent in my savings.  I will worry about them later.

Food is my biggest daily expenditure.  Meal planning is an essential to keep costs down.  I try my best to cook in most of the time.  But sometimes, if I’m rushed for time or just plain lazy, I’ll go out to grab a bite.

Here are some tips:

When I do buy lunch/dinner, I try to make it last for another meal if the portion is large enough.

I always order water or tea.  It doesn’t cost you a thing, unless you ask for bottled water.

At Subway, I usually buy their 6″ pizza sub for $4.00.  Not too long ago, I discovered their $5 footlongs.  So now, I buy their $5 footlongs and split them up for two lunches making it $2.50 per lunch!

Tuesdays is a “slow” day of the week.  Most places have a deal to draw you into their eateries.  KFC have their Toonie Tuesdays (more like $2.99 + tax deal) with a chicken thigh and leg plus fries.  Fresh Slice have their $1.25 + tax per slice deal.  Movies at the theaters are usually a few bucks cheaper too!  I’m sure there are other deals on Tuesday around town, but those are the top ones I can think of.

Burger King have their daily King Deals.  $5 + tax combo.  You can even replace their fries for onion rings at no cost.

I am always on the lookout for coupons and deals.  Makes me happy when I get a big bang for my buck!