With the new year come all manner of well-intentioned resolutions, including — for many of us — financial resolutions! You’re determined to make this year more prosperous for your family. Where do you start though? You feel as though you’ve been saving and sacrificing, but where has your money gone?!
Enter the budget leeches . . . sneaky, unobtrusive expenses that can blanch your rosy financial optimism or lead to full-blown exsanguination.
Over the next few posts, I’ll look at some of the biggest money-suckers out there with tips for prying them off of your wallet . . .
A dinner here . . . a working lunch there . . . a double-mocha-frappucino-with-extra-whip a few times a week . . . some snacks from the office vending machine when the hunger pangs kick in mid-afternoon . . . it adds up! You might not even see how much if you’re using cash to buy candy bars, purchase coffees, buy a round of drinks at happy hour, take a spin through the drive-through, or visit the office cafeteria with any frequency. [Read more…]