3. Wait for three days before buying any non-essential product

Restrain from impulse buying by waiting three days before buying. By then, rationality prevails. Most of the time you forget it and life still goes on as usual.

4. Decide your main reason for wanting to save

Print it out in large font and hang it somewhere for easy viewing to keep you motivated.

5. Show gratitude for what you already have

You want less when you feel thankful for your life and experience. You are happier where you are and with what you already have in life. You will recognise just how little you need if you are grateful for what you have.

6. Compare before buying

Be a smart shopper and look for the best deals. Pre-plan your spending so you have time to scour around for the best prices. Or, wait it out until sales time for huge discounts.

7. Stop the unhealthy habits and/or addictions that cost you substantial money

The three sins – smoking, alcohol, and gambling. You are paying your own hard-earned money to literally “kill” yourself, slowly. To stop demands your full commitment and resolve.

8. Spend wisely. Be frugal but don’t be a cheapskate

Being a cheapskate is different from being frugal. For some items, do prioritise quality over quantity as it makes more financial sense in the longer term.

9. Negotiate for a better price

It’s not wrong to haggle for a better price. If you don’t ask, nothing will happen. But if you do, there is a 50% chance you will get a lower price.

10. Find someone to be accountable to

This could be your spouse, a close and trusted friend or any family member. You can talk about your big money goals and discuss your big buying choices. Your partner will remind you of your goals if your financial decision conflicts with them.

11. Remember to enjoy spending your money

It’s your money. Use it wisely and also make room for spending on fun activities you enjoy or on the people you love.


When and how you spend affects your ability to meet your money objectives.

(credits to FMT – Lifestyle- Property)