Watch Your Wallet: How to Track Your Spending

Tracking your spending has become easier than ever with the advent of technology. There are plenty of new options for keeping track of where money is going, as well as some of the older ways to track spending. Having diligence is important, and none of these options will work if a person is not committed to really watching where they are spending money. Once a person gets started looking at their finances, they can easily see where they need to trim the budget and how much they could be saving. Committing to any one of these options will help people get back on track with their finances. 

Those who want to get this done the old fashioned way can sit down and create their own ledger. They should create categories such as entertainment, food, car payments, cable bills and any other bills accrued during the month.This is a great way to watch your wallet, as people can see where most of their money is going. It takes a lot of diligence to do this though, so it may not be for everybody. When they know how much they have, and how much they have already spent that month, it is easier to budget around that and spend the appropriate amount on leisure activities.

The other option that people have in order to track spending and watch their wallet is to use an electronic ledger. Online sites and various apps make it easy to keep track of where all the money is going. These will also break down exactly how much is being spent on what during a money, and will allow people to see an average on how much they are paying for each category during the year. This allows people to decide whether or not their cable or phone bill has become too expensive. It also creates graphics to make it very clear where money is being spent. However, people do need to be careful that they are using a trusted software. Giving too much information about finances online can be dangerous, so do some research about each type of software before starting to use it.

The last great way to watch your wallet and track your spending is to keep cash in envelopes. Label them with each category, and that way people won’t be tempted to overspend in any category. If a certain bill happens to cost a little bit more for that money, simply take the needed money from the leisure budget. However the money is rearranged, as long as the same amount of cash is used overall people won’t end up getting bank fees because they overdrew their account. This is also a simple way to keep track of finances and never worry about overspending in any particular category.

6 Responses to Watch Your Wallet: How to Track Your Spending

  1. You should really decide to keep track of your expenses if oyu want to save. Plus you should lay out a plan or make up a system to know where your money is going.

  2. A lot of people are just either afraid of tracking so that can claim they didn’t know they were spending or just don’t know any better. Plus I guess you can add they are too lazy. Tracking takes work and you have to stay on it. I find if I just make a budget and stick to it life, spending and savings are a lot easier.

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