In this day and age one of the biggest problems that we face is that we lack enough savings. We are so used to a culture that encourages spending but does not encourage saving at all. Even as parents we need to make sure that we live by example so that our children can learn the value of saving. One of the ways you can actually start saving is by tracking your expenditure. We do not keep a track of all our expenses and as a result it can overwhelm us at the end of the month when we see how little we have left after all the spending.
Next important thing that you should do, is know what your wants and needs are. We are so used to spending money on everything we desire, that once we purchase them, most of our purchases lie without being used. So, know what your priorities are and then act accordingly. Also you can use many money saving options for your purchases. For an example if you are looking to buy a phone, you can use layby phones that are available on the internet so that you do not have to pay a big amount for your purchase, but you can simply pay a small amount and reserve your phone.
Thirdly do not get caught in the rabbit hole of using credit cards. We use credit cards because it is so simple and convenient, and it provides an absolutely easy solution when you do not have enough money to make the purchases that you need. but actually you end up paying quite a lot of money on interest and late fees that you could have avoided had you used cash. Therefore if you are the owner of a credit card use it with absolute care and do not go overboard with your spending.
Another way you can save a lot of money is by first saving and then spending. We are not used to this way of using money at all. As most of us, are used to paying our bills and spending money as soon as we get our paycheck. But this is not a wise thing, because at the end of the month you may actually not have enough money to save. You can avoid this problem by saving a little at the beginning of the month and then spending the rest of your money accordingly.
You can never go wrong when you stick to a budget. As a responsible adult you need to know what your income and expenses are in order to create a practical budget that you can work around. When you have your budget written down you exactly know how much you can afford to spend within a month. It also helps you prioritize your expenses, so that you will not spend money on unnecessary things. It is also important that once you create this budget you inform all your family members about it and educate them on the fact that as a family they are expected to keep their expenses within the budget.