We know how hard it is to start saving money and actually hold on to it: just be honest and admit how many times you’ve tried to be wiser about your money and failed! If you feel that it’s impossible to save money on your own, you probably need some encouragement.
Since not everybody can convince their friends to do the same in order to have someone to talk to about this, there are a few things you can do. However, the most efficient one is to start a money-saving blog. Before you frown at this idea, read our reasons and find out more about all the benefits of tracking up all your expenses while exchanging impressions with people from all over the world.
1. Peer Pressure
Fortunately, blogging about your daily struggles regarding your spending habits will bring a lot of pressure to keep saving money, which is a great thing, especially if you tend to give up quite easily. You’ll find all the motivation you need in your readers, so don’t be afraid to hold on to your promise to value every penny from now on.
If you are easily influenced by what other people are saying, why not turn this into your advantage? You’ve got to find the courage to prove everybody wrong and stick to the plan. The reward will be greater than you think!
2. Fun Activity
Who says blogging about money has to be a boring activity? Fortunately, you can tell people funny stories, like what happened when you tried to buy something you didn’t need or how to dismiss street vendors and so on. We know that buying colorful and shiny products is sometimes irresistible, so try blogging about it.
Don’t be afraid to share your fears and you’ll see that nobody is perfect when it comes to throwing money out the window. And don’t worry: you’re not the only one who bought a completely useless kitchen robot or a third pair of red shoes. Be creative, spontaneous and always admit to being just a human! Your followers will appreciate your new-found sincerity.
3. Connecting with Other People
You’ll be surprised to see how many people will comment on your blog, willing to share their money-saving experience. Plus, don’t be surprised if they are from all over the world too! You’ll have the inside scoop on how other people save money in different countries and which are the things they value most in their lives.
If you like making new friends and getting to know other cultures has always been a passion of yours, you better start typing! Plus, you should have a DIY section on your blog where you can post all your ideas to save money by creating things. Always ask for feedback and ideas and keep an open mind! A few months ago, one of our followers told us that she doesn’t wash her hair. Ever.
After looking at her photos, we noticed that her hair looked amazing, so we actually asked a doctor. Apparently, your hair, just like your ears, has the ability to clean itself. It’s not going to smell like roses, but it will be all natural and healthy! Of course, the choice is yours! The point is that we didn’t know this was possible, but one of our readers enlightened us. We suggest that you listen to all your readers as well!
4. Finding Answers to Your Problems
Not ALL your problems, but you will get a few ideas at least! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, set up polls and quizzes. For example, you could ask where to find the best prices on furniture and your readers will know just what to go for. Unfortunately, when you search that online, the browser can’t tell you that the colors are not the same for the website and the actual store, or how small the items really are.
This kind of information can only come from a buyer, so take advantage of it! There are so many ways to save money that you have to find at least one solution to your problems. If you need a few extra chairs for this weekend’s family reunion, ask if someone could borrow them to you and don’t rent or buy! Do the same to sports equipment, no and then babysitting, dog walking and so on. Learn how to trade instead of buying!
5. Raising Awareness
Generally, people refuse to save money and would rather cause a huge hole in their bank account to pay for things than take some time to look for ideas online, which is a shame. Plus, most of them have no idea that you can still borrow things, try to get a discount or use their creativity to create things around the house themselves.
If you and your blog become popular, this will change people’s lives for good, which will make you feel so good about you and your struggles! Just think of all the single parents who need help saving money, all the elderly people looking for a shortcut to see the world and all the young people willing to have fun on a tight budget.
6. Setting an Example
Needless to say, people who make a change are an example for those who don’t, who never thought of saving money by rolling up their sleeves and getting to it and so on. Plus, in case you didn’t know, blogs are a great source of income, if you really pour your heart and soul in it: first of all, you’ll be able to attract a few companies’ attention and set up partnerships, which will be good for you, your family and your business.
Also, try to raise awareness on how much your family spends, tell your parents and your cousins to be wiser about their money. You can start by pointing out how much food your family throws away when there are people starving in other parts of the world! If your spouse doesn’t support your money-saving ideas, don’t think that it’s OK and he can do whatever he or she wants! Explain to them why this is important for you and why you insist that you do this together!
Wouldn’t it be great for your children to be able to read your blog when they grow up? Don’t you wish you could have access to your mother’s thought from when she was younger and had to get creative with her money? Look at it like a sort of legacy for your kids and future grand kids.
You don’t have to write about money saving all the time: feel free to add details from your family life, your thoughts and hopes and so on. A blog doesn’t have to sound too professional. In fact, you better go for the emotional approach, since most people respond to it.
In case you didn’t know, you can schedule your posts and your interests! You can choose when to talk about your electricity bills, your mortgage, having another baby and so on.
Plus, staying on course will be a lot easier because you will train your brain to have self-control, to say no to unnecessary expenses and to always be on your toes regarding your family’s financial situation. 90% of family disputes are caused by money, so this should really be an interesting category in your blog.
Although it doesn’t sound like it now, blogging about your money-saving ideas will bring you discipline and self-control, so think about it!
9. Sticking to Your Plans
If you’ve decided that this is the way to go, you should know a few things before you go on and pour your soul into typing: for starters, try a free hosting type of blog, like WordPress or Tumblr. Choose themes and colors that are free and don’t be afraid to experiment with different shapes just like you do with your DIY projects!
Don’t get caught up in this world of blogging which, just like any other industry, tries to make you spend money on different features. Remember: you are a rookie, so there’s no reason to spend money on something that you don’t really know how to use! No matter what you do, stick to your plan to save money and never stray from it!
10. Slowly Becoming an Expert
Buying themes and other blog features will not make you an expert, but making the most of the little means that you are given for free will! Soon, you will be able to pay a few dollars for a more attractive color theme, advertising on other blogs and websites and so on.
In case you were wondering how come some of the bloggers made a living out of publishing their thoughts, now you know the answer. At the end of the day, you could very well turn this into a full time job!