financial friday: save the money in your pocket by doing this

Keeping money in our pockets is something we can all be used.

You’re human. Of course you want to save more money, but trimming your spending feels like a sacrifice.

Thankfully, there are relatively easy ways to save money — whether you want to trim a few or a few hundred dollars from your budget.

Count your coins and bills

Empty your pockets each day and start collecting that extra change. Then take your collection to the bank and put it directly into your savings account instead of your checking account. When you want to watch your spending, use dollar bills instead of credit cards. It’s harder to part with cold, hard cash

Prep for grocery shopping

A little work before you go to the grocery store can go a long way to help you save money on groceries. Check your pantry and make a grocery list, then use coupons and loyalty programs to maximize your savings as you shop.

Restrict online shopping

Make it more difficult to shop online. Instead of saving your billing information, force yourself to input your shipping address and credit card number each time you order. You’ll probably make fewer impulse purchases.