Patience: The Virtue That Saves
Patience is a virtue. It takes some character to exhibit such levels of moral excellence, but did you know
that by doing so, you could save money at the same time? Read on to find out how you can economize by
emanating the virtue of patience.
Have the patience to walk instead of drive. It saves you gas, parking and the stresses of driving. Walking
improves your health and well being while saving gas money.
Be patient: compare before you buy. From personal clothing to health club memberships, from plumbing
services to insurance plans, from car accessories to a new home; compare the offers of 3 to 5 suppliers or
service providers before finally settling with one. Let them know that you are taking the time to search the
market and they may just be able to offer you the best savings. Truly, the patient consumer is a winner!
Use coupons as much as possible. Be patient in cutting them out and going through them before making any
purchase. Pack them together with your grocery bag or in the car so you can use the discount voucher at
every opportunity. One can save $20 - $50, just by using the coupons.
Track your expenses. Have the patience to keep your receipts and record all your expenses, no matter how
small or frequently they occur. By doing so, you are made aware of where every single penny goes.
Furthermore, you will know when you have spent too much on clothing, when in fact you still need to settle
your credit card balance, or pay the mortgage. You will have a better hold of your financial health, by
patiently tracking your finances.
Hold-off and sleep on it! If you are about to purchase a $100 item, hold off the purchase until you’ve given
it much thought, say sleeping on it for 1-2 nights. If after such time, you decide that you absolutely need
and can afford the purchase, then go ahead. Nevertheless, you’ll be surprised at how much you can save by
just sleeping and thinking things over.
Devote money in long-term investment. Understand that when you take up long-term investment, you do
not need the money for now, and it is not considered as part of your daily finances. However, such money
when set-aside will reap great rewards in the future.
Exude moral excellence by patiently saving for years to come, starting today!
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