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Karen Galarpe, Contributor
June 29, 2011

Cash Flow Control: 27 Things That Drain Your Wallet

Keep an eye on your spending habits by being aware of your expenses--some of which you might be able to cut down on. By Karen Galarpe
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It happens to a lot of women: a week or a few days before payday, the fat wallet thins out, the ATM hovers at the minimum balance required, and it’s time to scrimp again. Where did the money go? If this happens to you all the time, it’s time you pay attention to how you spend. You might be surprised that those little expenses do burn a hole in your pocket. Unchecked, these small luxuries will eat up into what could have been money saved for your future.

Read on and see what little expenses you should watch out for or avoid so that your spending doesn't spiral out of control.

(First published in
Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Money section as "Cash Flow Control" in March 2007; flashbox photo by aquino_paolo via Flickr Creative Commons; adapted for use in Female Network)

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  • joy Jun 29 2011 @ 04:25pm Report Abuse
    this is so true! my office is beside a supermarket, and those frequent trips during PM snacks has been eating up my budget!!!
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  • katrinac Jul 13 2011 @ 10:24pm Report Abuse
    i super love this article! very useful.
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  • cinnamon Jul 15 2011 @ 12:20am Report Abuse
    great article!
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  • TheLushGirl Jul 29 2011 @ 08:42pm Report Abuse
    You can also add the regular trip to coffee shops. Once to thrice a month can be a treat but doing it everyday costs you up to PhP 150 a day!
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  • Beth Sep 15 2011 @ 03:13pm Report Abuse
    yeah!... it's super true!... we women always spend much and also not thinking of budgeting your monthly salary, but now the Christmas season is coming we must much wiser in spending our money every pay day.
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  • jusette05 Sep 15 2011 @ 03:56pm Report Abuse
    I always do it most of these things.I'm always trying to avoid all the necessary items or things so that I can save money for my emergency or future use.I know how hard it is, but you can practice it.
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  • Mr.Janica Dec 13 2011 @ 11:38pm Report Abuse
    yahh right..i spend most of my school allowance in buying foods..i dont know but i fell like im always hungry..thats why..:)
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