Healthy Habits: Five Great Money-Saving Tips For Nurses
No matter what your financial goals are, every dollar counts. Here are five easy ways you can make sure you're keeping your bank account as healthy as possible.
While nursing can often be a lucrative field, with rewarding placements and excellent benefits, hardly anyone gets rich overnight. Succeeding financially requires cultivating good habits over the course of years. The good news is that there's no better time to start than right now! Here are five surefire ways you can get your bank account into better shape. You'll thank us later.
While it might seem counterintuitive, sometimes more is cheaper. If you've got the storage space, buying expensive items in bulk can save you big in the long run. Become friends with your freezer and stock your closet with toilet paper. Plus, you'll cut down on trips to the grocery store.
Make Your Meals Ahead
Lunches are a huge opportunity to rein in your spending. While it's always tempting to grab something on the go, cooking your meals in advance is the thriftier [and frankly, healthier] way to go. Buy some portable containers and spend a few hours planning out your week. Once you get into the habit of cooking often, you'll start looking forward to your weekly prep sessions.
Cut the Cord
Don't tell us you're still paying for cable TV in 2017! Pick a few online services [Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime] and join the cord-cutting revolution. You'll save hundreds of dollars and won't be missing much programming. Plus, you'll be able to enjoy most of those services on your mobile device [which is perfect for travel nurses!].
Track Your Purchasing
The first step to saving big is to see where you're spending. Spending is a behavior that requires consistent and proactive monitoring. Instead of avoiding your mobile banking app, start developing an active interest in your spending habits. Plenty of free mobile apps, like Mint, Dollarbird, and Fudget, will help turn sometimes-mindless decisions [those trips to Starbucks can add up!] into realities. Take a month to understand your habits better and monitor what you're putting on your credit and debit cards. Then you can sit down, decide where you stand to save, and make a budget
Put Money Away
Create a separate bank account and try to put something in it every month. What's important here is developing healthy habits toward saving. The second part is just as important: don't touch it. It's not for Black Friday sales or fancy dinners. It's for later. Congratulations, you've just created an emergency fund. Hopefully, you won't need it. But if you do, you'll be glad that it's there.
No matter what your financial goals are, Advantage is here to support you. With more than 30 years in the field, we've got plenty of tips for our clinicians. Apply today and get started!
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