Do you have many hobbies and interests? Do you find yourself often left out of activities because you couldnít afford to participate? Do you find yourself broke in the middle of most months? There are simple things you can do to better manage and optimize your wealth and lifestyle. Itís never too late to start learning how to spend wisely.
To get you started on the right path, first you need to know what you are spending on a weekly or monthly basis. A useful practice is to create a list of everything.
List down your expenses (see Figure 1):
Figure 1. Example of a list of expenses
This is where you will be able to have an overview of where your money has gone during the month. From here, you can even create a more detailed categorized spreadsheet so that you can do budgeting (See Figure 2).
Figure 2. List of Expenses with categorized purposes
From the spreadsheet above, you will be able to see where exactly you have been spending on. You will also be able to determine where you can cut down expenses on. From Figure 2, perhaps this student could spend less on Clothes, Fun & Food.
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