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Mindful Spending and Saving Through COVID-19
People are finding new ways to run errands and complete daily tasks while the COVID-19 emergency orders are in place. Although these are challenging times, quite a few services can be ordered straight to your doorstep. Shopping is still at our fingertips and seemingly more accessible than ever.
For some, this can result in panic shopping or buyer’s remorse. The continuing lack of routine can throw off your finances and leave you ill-prepared for financial emergencies.
How to Plan Your Purchases and Avoid Overspending
Forming a strategy can help you make mindful purchases, steer clear of debt, and add to your savings. To start, you’ll need to create a budget.
Build a Budget
To create a budget, you’ll need to list your income (the money coming in) and all your monthly expenses (the money going out). Generally, these monthly expenditures will fall under one of two categories, necessary expenses and discretionary costs.
Necessary expenses are outgoing costs such as rent or mortgage payments, food, utilities, and other routine bills…

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