Last week I was watching a show about debunking health myths. One of the myths they tested was whether or not self discipline is like a muscle that you can build.
After doing some tests & exercises to build self discipline, the host proved this myth to be true.
I thought this was interesting not just for heathy eating or exercise habits but also for building solid spending/savings habits.
For myself, I've been really trying to tame the sugar beast since I love all things sweet!
I find the more I say, "no thanks" or chose a healthier alternative, the easier it gets.
I believe budgeting, saving and spending within your means is the same way.
Here are a few tips to help you build that muscle:
1) Find your trigger store & make a plan.
For a lot of people that's Costco!
It's easy to walk in for 3 things and walk out with 25. Set a budget, make a list, even take the cash out of the bank & leave your debit/credit card at home.
2) Make a monthly & yearly spending plan just like any successful business.
One of my very smart friends has a budget meeting with her husband at the beginning of the year & they plan together what big purchases they want to make, trips or needed items like braces for the kids.
They make a savings plan & know what they're working towards.
3) Don't keep leftover money just sitting in the chequing account.
Dave Ramsey says every dollar should have a name at the first of the month. Put any extra into savings, it will make it a little harder to pull out and spend on frivolous purchases. You will be surprised how fast that savings account can grow.
Now go build that money muscle!