Save Your Receipts and Statements

  • Step 1: Starting today, save every single bill statement, receipt, or check that crosses your desk for at least one month, preferably three months.
  • Keep a “spending notebook” in your pocket.

Sort Your Receipts and Statements

  • Step 2: Take all of the receipts/statements/notes/etc. you saved up and start making piles on the floor in a way that makes sense to you.

Tally Them Up

  • Step 3: Add up the totals on all of the receipts and statements in each pile, then divide these totals by the number of months you’ve been saving data.

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Find the Fat

  • Step 4: Go through each category and find ways you could reduce your spending in each one.

Try It Out

  • Step 5: Work hard to stay within your target numbers in each category for the next month.

Rinse and Repeat

  • Step 6: At the end of the each month, refresh your budget.

*For more information on Budgeting, visit: Budgeting 101
*Money Mondays*

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody” – Benjamin Franklin

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