1. Knowing I only had a set amount of cash forced me to stick to my grocery list. Un huh honey no extra's in the cart this week!
2. I paid attention to prices. Before I would glance at a price and keep it moving. This time I paid attention and checked out alternative brands. Another thing I discovered is that sometimes those 2 for $5 deals aren't really saving you money. For example, I bought cheese at one store for $2.47 but got to store number 2 and saw the same cheese advertised 2 for $5. My initial reaction was awww man they have the deal but when I thought about it I was like $2.47 is cheaper than $2.50 (math skills at work).
3. I did not go over budget and got everyything I needed. I even had money left after visiting two grocery stores. Yeah it took me longer to shop because I literally calculated everything in my cart but it was worth it.
So here's the thing, it's so easy to get caught up in this plastic society. I mean everything is made for us to swipe, scan, or tap our debit card for purchases. If you are not conscious of those swipes you can go over your budget quickly which creates a lack in some other financial area of your life. This brings me to my next point, I hate the word BUDGET! It sounds painful and harsh-restrictive even. However, there is this little thing called the envelope system that uses cash to help you stay on track. Each envelope has a preset amount and purpose. Once that cash is gone that's it until the next pay period. That doesn't sound restrictive that sounds like being financially sound.
Check out the links below to find out about this system.
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