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How to Save Money When You Hate Budgeting (Ep. 277)

Budgeting isn’t particularly fun, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on saving money.

I’ve tried budgeting many times, but I’ve never managed to keep it going for very long. I just end up realizing I’ve set unrealistic goals and making little difference.

Luckily, like with many goals in life, there are some good habits that can help. With well-focused habits, you can make a goal more or less inevitable, so they can be a much simpler solution.

So this week, we’re talking about several of these habits to help you save money without needing to divide your paychecks into cash-filled envelopes.

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  • 0:04:00 – Introduction
  • 0:07:14 – Eating and drinking simply
  • 0:22:59 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:25:14 – Paying attention to your subscriptions and memberships
  • 0:32:18 – Measuring how much you’re spending
  • 0:46:14 – Waiting 30 days before deciding to make a big purchase
  • 0:52:20 – Don’t immediately invest too much into a new hobby
  • 0:59:09 – Anecdotes and banter
  • 1:07:00 – Conclusion

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