While there is most likely an app for that, all these apps could be killing your budget. There is a wide range of useful apps available for your home computer, mobile devices, tablets, and more. With so many apps available, it’s important to be selective about which apps you choose and how you use them.
What Types of Apps are Available?
Don’t get it wrong. Many apps offer highly useful services. You’ll find apps for everything from helping you find restaurants and gas stations at various interstate exits to apps that do any of the following things:
- Boost Productivity
- Track Fitness Goals
- Help You Lose Weight
- Manage “To Do” Lists
- Offer Entertainment
Most of these apps are free to download and use. It isn’t the app itself that is destroying your budget one little click at a time. Unfortunately, it is all the “in-app” purchases you’re making without giving it a second thought.
Apps by the Numbers
Very few people think about one or two dollars here and there. Unfortunately, those single-dollar purchases can add up quickly. Even more alarming is the fact that these small add-on purchases have evolved into something much larger and more substantial.
Instead of purchases averaging one dollar here and there, you are now faced with frequent in-app purchases that exceed $15, $40, and even $100. It doesn’t take long for those numbers to wreak havoc on your budget.
How Big is the Problem?
Everyone is different, but businesses are beginning to understand the hot commodity that in-app purchases represent and are working hard to exploit that money-making opportunity.
For the most part, you only need to click the button to make the in-app purchase and then type in a password to add game currency, movie rentals, bonus features, and more. The key for you is to rein in your spending on apps so you can get your household budget back on track.
Getting Your Spending for Apps Under Control
Rather than attempting to quit cold turkey, consider setting ground rules for your in-app purchases. This allows you the ability to make some of these purchases each month but places you in the driver’s seat – so to speak.
Set Monthly Spending Limits
Doing this incorporates the in-app purchases into your monthly budget so you can plan for them and accommodate them while at the same time making yourself more aware of how much you’re spending on these purchases from month to month.
Impose a Five-Day Waiting Period Between Purchases
Waiting five days between purchases may not seem like much, but it offers a cool-down period that forces you to think more carefully about your next purchase so you can get the biggest bang for your buck.
Ask Yourself if the Pleasure from the Purchase is Worth the Price
Do this each and every time to avoid making impulse buys that will offer very little emotional return on investment.
While apps may seem like such trivial things to be eating away at your household budget, every ounce of control you take back can help you accomplish bigger and better things with your budget.
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