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  • Writer's pictureBrad Wooten

Unmasking the Real Culprit Behind Overspending

If you've ever found yourself wondering where all your hard-earned money disappeared to, you're not alone. The truth is, overspending often has less to do with a lack of financial knowledge and more to do with ingrained habits and psychological triggers.

As part of my CPA Firm in Lake Nona, a community within Orlando, FL "the City Beautiful", I've seen firsthand how identifying and addressing these underlying beliefs can lead to significant positive changes in one's financial landscape. Let's look at a few steps you can take today to start unmasking these hidden culprits.

1. Self-reflection is Key

Before jumping into spreadsheets and budgets, take a moment for some introspection. What are your financial habits? Are there specific situations or emotions that trigger excessive spending? Recognizing these patterns is the first step towards meaningful change.

2. Dig Deep into Your Money Mindset

Our attitudes towards money are shaped by many factors, from childhood experiences to societal influences. Are there any limiting beliefs you hold about money? Do you associate spending with happiness or success? Identifying and challenging these beliefs can be a game-changer.

3. Track Your Spending

Knowledge is power. Keep a detailed record of your spending for a month. Categorize them and look at where your money is actually going. This exercise often brings to light surprising insights about spending patterns.

4. Implement the "30-Day Rule"

For non-essential purchases, employ the "30-Day Rule". If you still desire an item after waiting a month, it may be a legitimate want. Otherwise, it was likely an impulsive urge.

5. Establish Clear Financial Goals

Having a destination in mind makes it easier to steer away from unnecessary expenditures. Whether it's saving for a dream vacation or building an emergency fund, set clear, achievable financial goals.

6. Practice Mindful Spending

Every purchase should align with your values and priorities. Before making a purchase, ask yourself if it brings genuine value or joy into your life. If not, reconsider.

7. Seek Accountability and Support

Share your financial journey with a trusted friend, family member, or financial coach. Having someone to bounce ideas off of and keep you on track can make a world of difference.

Remember, it's not about deprivation, but about conscious choice. By identifying the habits and psychological triggers that lead to overspending, you're taking a crucial step towards financial freedom and security. So, start today, and watch as your financial landscape transforms for the better!

Here's to wise spending and achieving your financial dreams!


I enjoy helping individuals with tax preparation and tax planning as well as offering financial coaching to individuals (and businesses) looking to overcome challenges and reach their financial dreams. I also service businesses (including nonprofits and churches) by providing tax preparation and tax planning as well as consulting for accounting, bookkeeping, and other finance related questions. I live in Orlando, FL, but I serve clients all across the country. Contact us if you need assistance and take a look at the resource page.

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*The blog posts (as well as the YouTube channel) are my personal opinions and thoughts about a wide range of topics. They are not meant to apply to individuals specifically and should never be relied on as tax or investment advice. You should contact a professional for specific advice before taking action.

**This blog post was created with the assistance of artificial intelligence, edited by me, and expresses my personal opinions on the subject matter.

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