Financial Faux Pas: Proposed Savings That Cost More Money In The Long Run*


*This is a collaborative post*

Most people have the desire to use their money wisely, but the harsh reality is that it's a lot easier said than done. It's very easy to fall into the financial pitfalls, not least in the form of mistakes that seem like a great idea at the time.

Here are some of the most common proposed savings that can cause much larger problems in the long run, along with the best ways to overcome them.

1| Leaving Small Home Faults

All properties suffer little issues that require TLC from time to time. You may be tempted to delay the process because the later you restore normality, the longer it should be before another fault surfaces. It makes sense theoretically, but the reality of the situation is far different. Leaving a small leak untreated, for example, allows the damage to worsen and potentially spread to other areas. Not only will it cost you more money in the long run. But it'll consume more time and cause more stress.

2| Buying A Used Car Privately

When buying a vehicle, the used marketplace stands out as the best option for your budget. And it certainly can be. Unfortunately, it's only a good deal when you find a reliable vehicle. A direct purchase from someone on eBay or Facebook may seem a cheap deal, but it won't be when you require major repairs. It's far better to use a reputable dealer. You can visit to find approved vehicles. Aside from aiding your finances, it'll provide the peace of mind you deserve.

3| Spreading Costs Unnecessarily

Some assets, like a house, might be too big to purchase with cash. In these situations, responsible borrowing enables you to overcome those obstacles. However, spreading the cost of smaller purchases can also feel like a great way to manage your cash flow. It isn't. When you incur interest on those items, you end up paying more in the long run. Likewise, any late payment fees will bump up the cost while also harming your credit score. When dealing with luxury purchases, a little patience is vital.

4| Completing Your Own Tax Accounts

Filing your taxes is a stressful situation, but it needs to be done. A lot of people do it themselves because it saves money. Or at least it seems to. In reality, your lack of knowledge is likely to mean you will miss out on tax relief and expense claims. When added to the fact that time is money, it makes sense to hire an accountant. Visit to take control of the situation. For the sake of your time, money, and sanity, this is one of the smartest choices you'll ever make.

5| Buying Bulk Purchases On Perishable Goods

The small daily lifestyle changes often make the biggest impact on your finances. When you go grocery shopping, the thought of buying in bulk can unlock a cheaper price per item. This is great news when buying cleaning materials and other products that last a long time. Buying extra fresh foods, for example, is actually a false economy. You will end up throwing food away, which is essentially the same as throwing the money away. So, while you gain more for your money, the value is far lower. 
*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Header photo source Pixabay CC0 License

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