How to Stop Spending Money: 61 Things to Do Instead

Because suddenly, when I tell myself I can't do it....spending is all I want to do. 

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If you've landed here on this page…I'm willing to bet your spending habits aren't (as Mary Poppins says) ship-shape.  Writing about how to stop spending money (and save it instead) is something I cover often here on the site. For me, I hate telling myself to cut back.


Because suddenly, when I tell myself I can't do it….spending is all I want to do. 


Below is a list full of the solutions I've covered/written about/or read that have helped me learn how to stop spending money over the last seven years I've been running this blog.


The good news is that below you're bound to find something that work for you, something that will help you to overcome your spending problem: whether it's a full-blown addiction or a bad habit you'd like to break in order to live a better financial future.


How to Stop Spending Money: 61 Things to Do Instead




It's tough work to change your behavior when you've been spending unfettered for so long, but it CAN be done.


As you can see, it isn't so much about completely cutting out spending. Instead, it's about re-routing your energy into things other than spending. Many of the tips above will help better your finances if you just devote the time and energy to them. Funnily enough, I've found that once the spending stops, all of that spare brain space in your head opens up and allows you to really focus on getting your act together.


Funny how that works, right?


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How to Stop Spending Money: 61 Things to Do Instead
    • Lisa
    • July 8, 2017

    Haha. I woke up down today. You’ve chreeed me up!

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    I’ve noticed that I sometimes get a “high” when I buy certain things, or when I know that I’m about to go shopping. I think it’s mostly due to the satisfaction of getting a new thing, but that new thing can quickly wear off. It’s tough, especially since we live in such a consumerist society.

      • Lauren Bowling
      • May 31, 2017

      Lately, I’ve been a little too into the “hunt” of finding something I want at a deep discount or sale. At the same time, it’s saving money, but indulging in a shopping behavior, which is something I don’t want.

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