The only way to get what you want is to know what you want. This is true in every aspect of life. We have been working on our finances in order to buy a house this year. We are trying to save as much as possible so we can put down a decent down payment and have an emergency fund in case anything goes wrong after we move in. It has been of the utmost importance to keep what it is we want in the forefront of our minds because cutting spending is never fun. By reminding myself why I’m doing this it is easier to do. When I’m clipping a coupon or going home for a sandwich instead of going out to eat, I remind myself why. I take a second to picture Bella running around our backyard, Ivy having friends over to see her new room, entertaining guests in our new home, or anything else that helps me refocus. Whatever your savings goal is focus on it. I swear it helps. Look at photos, write your goals on a note card to carry with you in your wallet, and talk about your goals to anyone that will listen. It helps to tell your friends and family what you are up to. They will be less likely to tempt you with things you don’t need if they understand why. If you have an eat-out lunch with a friend once a week and you suddenly tell them that you have to stop without explaining why it could cause tension. But if you say I am trying to cut back on spending so I can do (fill in the blank) your friend will be more accepting. You can then talk about alternate options for getting together.
Remind yourself of your goals and work toward them! You can do it!