Take your savings to the next level with these money solutions—they are as life-changing as life-changing can be without overwhelming you!

Because, frankly, saving should not be a chore. It should be as automatic as breathing because being wise with how you handle your money is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

1. Embrace Innovations And Technology

Technological innovations make life easier in general; we all know that to be true because it makes things more efficient so we don’t have to worry as much. 

So, why shouldn’t those same innovations apply to your wallet to make life easier financially?

Saving can be easy, unlike many have experienced, because of free browser extensions like Piggy. There are many systems to use but with Piggy people have seen incredible results over time. 

Piggy automatically applies coupon codes to your cart at checkout so you never miss a deal while you shop, plus you can earn between 2%-5% cash back from some stores.

Between the two methods to save money, your savings will compound, growing exponentially. Piggy is also available as a mobile app for both Android and iOS.

2. Ask Yourself Why Before You Buy

For instance, let’s say you are buying a pair of shoes. Why do you want that pair in particular? Do you need new shoes? Do you like the style or the brand? Is it just because they are on sale?

After all, lots of shoes can fulfill the same purpose. Answering these “why” questions can help you make smarter spending decisions.

The old saying to only buy what you need, couldn’t ring to be truer in situations where you need to pinch your pennies together.

3. Understand Your Spending

You can save a lot of money when you consistently stop and take a minute to understand what you are spending money on and why.

When you understand the reason behind something, it is easier to make a smart choice. Understanding your spending can help you stretch your money further and budgeting can be a great option to help you keep track of the things you buy because you need them versus buying them because you simply want to have it. 

4. Analyze the Situation

Just like there are lots of reasons why you might want a particular pair of shoes, there are also lots of places to buy those shoes.

Look at alternate solutions, and pay attention to outside circumstances as you shop around. Is this the season for those shoes, or will you wear them twice before needing a pair of snow boots?

There are ways to save on many items if you take a look at the patterns of when things typically go on sale, so be sure to keep an eye out.

Also, you can go to thrift stores or buy items from friends for cheaper too.

5. Look for Alternatives

Professors also know that there can be more than one way to solve a problem. Take those new shoes for example. Is there another way you could accomplish the same goal for less, like waterproofing or putting a new set of soles on a pair of shoes you already own? Can you get the same pair somewhere else for less?

Understanding your spending and looking for alternatives can really add up and in the end, you might be surprised at how much you can save when you follow these tips.