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Learn this Brilliant System for Managing Money: Use Weekly Cash

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Here’s a brilliant system for managing money: use weekly cash.

Are you trying to figure out how to get organized with your money? Do you get suckered into going to one-too-many fancy pants brunches and find yourself constantly overspending?

Well, I have a solution for you: use cash only.

Using cash only for your day-to-day purchases is a brilliant system for managing money.

People swear by using credit cards for all their purchases to earn points or frequent flyer miles. Using credit cards for points is fine and dandy except for the fact that:

My secret weapon for managing money throughout the month is to use cash.

Here’s how exactly I use cash only for my day-to-day purchases.

The purpose of using cash is pace your spending in areas that people tend to overspend like groceries, restaurants, happy hours, gas for your car, small gifts, clothes, and entertainment.

You may have heard of the envelope system or the cash jar system. You take a set amount of cash for each of these specific categories and put the cash in an envelope or jar.

For example, you’d withdrawal $100 for eating out for the month, $300 for groceries, $40 for happy hours, $60 for movies and entertainment, and $140 for gas.

I simplify this process by taking out a set amount of cash for all your day-to-day purchases in a week, versus separating cash into envelope or jars.

I call this system weekly cash.

For almost a decade, I’ve personally taken out $120 cash a week for groceries, gas for my car, entertainment, etc. It’s worked like a charm.

Here’s what I normally spend with weekly cash:

  • $20-$40 a week on groceries
  • $20-$40 a week on gas for my car
  • $40-$80 other: entertainment, happy hours, eating out, clothes, or small gifts

Here’s exactly how I spend $20-$40 on groceries each week.

Of course, I don’t use cash to pay my car insurance or cell phone.

I automate my fixed expenses and pay those electronically. FYI, automating your fixed expenses is the laziest follow-through formula to ensure that you invest monthly for retirement. For the one-off larger flex expenses that vary from month-to-month like buying a flight, reserving a hotel, or paying for a surgery I use my debit card.

I use cash only for the day-to-day expenses, or what I consider as Chief Financial Officer to be basic regular operating expenses.

Why using cash only is a brilliant system for managing money.

If you have a set amount of money, then you’ll automatically pace your spending throughout the month and avoid impulse purchases.

With weekly cash, when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Using cash for your day-to-day purchases allows you to spend more on what’s important to you. For me traveling is important. Here’s how I’ve traveled to over 20 countries. One of the ways I’ve been able to pay for international trips is from pacing my spending with cash.

Weekly Cash is too legit. Too legit to quit

Yep, I’m a child of the 80s and MC Hammer fan! Weekly cash is a legit system for managing money that I truly hope you’ll try out.

Weekly cash is a brilliant system for managing money, but it will take time getting used to.

Experts say it takes at least 21 days to form a habit. Try weekly cash for at least three weeks, and once you get the swing of it, it’s too legit to quit.

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