How to Stop Worrying About Money – Banish Worry With 15 Simple Tips

Last Updated on 8th September 2020 by Emma

How to stop worrying about money when you are a complete worrywart?

Do you think about money when you should be sleeping?

Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could stop worrying about money and start living?

Really living.

If you are like I used to be then if you don’t have control over your money and you are living paycheck to paycheck, you are losing sleep.

The worry about debt, about how you will manage this month, next month keeps you awake and churns in your mind during the day.

This a horrible place to be and isn’t healthy for you.

We need to get you out of this worrywart state and into a better place.

Where you can get rid of your money stress once and for all.

Learning how to stop worrying about money will give you back that sleep and help you start enjoying life again.

Follow these guidelines and start sleeping easier at night.

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What to do when you are worried about money – 15 tips

Pay yourself first

You need reassurance to banish worry.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to think “why do I worry about money about money when I have enough?”

If you’re going to learn how to not worry about money then you need to be reassured you have got some money saved.

Paying yourself first is about your goals, your future and your retirement.

If you are stressing about money and debt then until you put yourself first you will continue to stress.

If you don’t pay yourself first then your ability to save your money will be reduced as you will spend the money in your account.

Very few people can save decent money every month when it’s sat in your everyday account.

If your plan is to save $200 a month then set up an automatic payment to save this into a separate account straight after pay day.

Be Kind To Your Future Self

Don’t get stuck in the present and fall into the trap of YOLO and only think about the now.

Think about the future. You in the future – your future self – will also need money.

And the future you wants to be in a safe place when you don’t have to worry about money.

You’re not going to want to work forever and state pension/social security does not pay as much as you probably want or need.

Plus you might lose your job, cut your hours etc.

Decisions you make now will impact your future self.

Make them sensible decisions.


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Don’t Get Into Debt

The biggest mistake you can make is to go into debt to fund your lifestyle.

You get used to living beyond your means so trying to pay it back is incredibly hard and every day your money feels tight.

How to stop worrying about debt will keep you awake at night until you change things.

Taking steps to clear your debt is key for you to get to the point when you don’t have to worry about money any more.

A mortgage is the only debt ideally you want to have, and that’s only because it’s almost impossible to save enough to pay for a house in cash – if only house prices were that cheap!

Many people have credit card debt.

Credit cards aren’t bad, indeed you can earn money and rewards with them, but always pay off your balance in full every month.

If you do have debt then prioritize and work out how to pay off the debt fast so you can enjoy life without money stress.

Money Quote:

“Every time you borrow money, you’re robbing your future self” Nathan W Morris

Give Yourself A Budget To Stop Your Worry

And stick to it! Having a budget means you are allocating your money to various bills, savings and fun money spending.

You need to budget and save money in order to then track your spending and know whether you are on track to achieve your budget.

Your budget will reassure you that you have enough to pay your bills and eat each month and then you can stop worrying about money and start living.

Money Quote:

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value” Joe Biden

These posts will help you live successfully on a budget:

How To Budget Your Money When You Don’t Know How

How To Survive, Thrive And Save Money On A Tight Budget

How To Successfully Live On One Income (With 30+ Helpful Tips)

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Stop Emotional Spending

Many people are influenced by their emotions. Some people are emotional eaters, and some people are emotional shoppers.

It’s a bit like the saying – don’t go shopping when you are hungry as you’ll buy more food.

Don’t go shopping when you are having a blue day.

You’ll spend more trying to make yourself feel better which won’t last because you’ll later feel bad for spending too much money.

Same goes for when you are celebrating or having a great day.

Don’t go spending as you’ll treat yourself too much as part of those celebrations.

Related post: How To Stop Shopping: 9 Tips For Success

Keep Your Taxes Down

We all have to pay our taxes and they in turn pay for much that is in our interest in our daily lives.

But you can legitimately reduce your taxes and keep more of your money. Make sure you know your countries tax efficient laws.

Here in the UK you can save into a pension and get tax back from the government.

We also have tax free ISA savings. In the US the 401k and/or a Roth IRA provides for tax efficient savings.

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Have a rainy day fund

Having money you can access as soon as you get hit with an unexpected bill is such a relief.

No need to worry about how to pay such a bill, you have the cash you can pay it.

When life throws you curve balls having that emergency cash will help you deal with whatever the problem is without stressing about the money side.

Your rainy day fund should be $/£1000 to start.

And ideally you want to work up to 3/6 months living expenses in case you get the ultimate curve ball and lose your job.

If losing your job is a worry and you want to stop worrying about it, build your rainy day fund up to a reassuring level.

Related post: Why You Should Have Two Emergency Cash Accounts

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Live Below Your Means

If you live paycheck to paycheck you’ll never get ahead and never be able to pay yourself first.

Nor will you cope if you have an unexpected emergency as you won’t have built up a rainy day fund.

When you first start working you might be on a low wage.

As your paychecks get bigger don’t allow lifestyle creep to happen so that you are spending all of your new raise.

Living below your means has much to offer.

It offers you a lifestyle when you don’t have to worry about money. Where you can enjoy the life you have.

If you lived like a student does, on a very low income, you could save thousands!

Although maybe you want to be somewhere between a student lifestyle and an excessive one!

Key thing is, don’t spend all your wages; always save some, for your future self, for a rainy day fund, for retirement.

If you do all that you’ll be in great financial shape!

Buy Used

You pay an absolute premium for buying new. A new car loses up to 30% of it’s value as soon as you drive it off the dealerships forecourt.

Same goes for expensive tools and even new build houses.

Buy used and you will save a fortune. Buy a car that’s 3+ years old.

Check out Ebay or your local Facebook group for used items. Hit the charity/thrift shops for new to you clothes.

This is an easy way to save money on stuff that you’re going to buy anyway.

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Track your spending

If you track what you spend and what you earn then you will know what financial page you are on.

Knowing where your money is going is key to making good decisions and being able to stop worrying about money.


Don’t Keep Up With The Joneses

They are in debt and living beyond their means. Nor are they happy.

Their lifestyle is not real, it’s a castle in the sand and at any moment could be washed away.

That is not how you want to live.

The Joneses have loads of stuff but has it made them happy? They can’t be happy if they keep wanting more.


Be Happy With What You Have

Do you worry about money even when you have enough? Please don’t! So many people have less than those around us.

Learn how to stop caring about money and you will be so much happier.

We are always chasing after more and not stopping to look around us and be grateful for what we have.

We often fall into the trap of always wanting more: the newest phone, the latest TV, a bigger house.

Being happy with what you have is very freeing. You are free from the constant strive and desire for something you don’t have.

You are free from worrying how you can afford the more expensive option.

Free from having to care about every penny.

Learn how to stop caring about money, enjoy what you have and you’ll stop worrying so much as you’re not chasing after the Joneses.

Money Quote:

“That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest” Henry David Thoreau

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Nurture Your Relationships

Having strong relationships with your partner, family and friends around you will really help you in your quest to learn how to stop worrying about money and start enjoying your life.

Being able to talk about your worries will always make you feel better.

“A problem shared is a problem halved”

Friends and family can often provide nuggets of wisdom that you might not have heard before.

They can share their experiences which you can learn from.

Most people at some point in their lives have worried about money.

Support your friends and family with their problems and they will return the favor.

If you have furry friends, there is nothing better than getting out for a walk or snuggling up on the sofa with them.

Money Quote:

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” Winston Churchill

You Have Your Health

Worth more than all the money you can earn and some. Without health you have nothing.

You can’t earn money if your health is bad (or worse!)

Money can make your health a little bit better or more comfortable but it certainly can’t buy you good health.

Putting your health first, before money, is a key part of learning how to stop worrying about money.

Worry, stress and anxiety are actually bad for your health. Reduce your anxiety about money, develop healthy habits and incorporate them into your life.

They will help you stop worrying and your health will improve as will how you feel.

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You Can’t Take Your Money With You

You need to spend your money wisely and ensure you have enough for today and your future self.

But there is no point in having 2 million left on your death bed.

Nor is there any point slaving forever to get those millions if you cannot enjoy them because you are too ill or old to do so.

Being totally focused on money means you end up thinking about money all the time, stop!

You need to get a balanced view of what money can do for you.

Stop thinking about money all the time, stop worrying about money and start enjoying your life.

You only get one shot at your life.

Everything in moderation is a great way to view most things in life.

How To Stop Worrying About Money And Start Living

Following all or some of these tips really will help you learn how to stop worrying so much.

Money can rule your life when you don’t have enough or don’t have control over it.

Take back control of your money through following these tips and learn to love your life and sleep easy at night.

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14 thoughts on “How to Stop Worrying About Money – Banish Worry With 15 Simple Tips”

  1. I love your take on this. The belief in balance between being absolutely frugal and allowing yourself to spend excessively really struck a cord with me. The concept of paying yourself first is what I have done this month, after this suggestion. I usually just track what I am spending and try to reduce it month on month, but I see the idea of cultivating peace of mind long-term from now as one of my critical targets. Your post has helped me to become more aware of what my emotions are telling me and you suggest simple ways to fix these. Thanks – I am actioning some your suggestions today. First of all, I am going to look at my existing work clothes and develop a work uniform – inspired suggestion!
    Helen |

    • Hi Helen, I’m so pleased this post has helped you make positive changes. Spending money really is such an emotional rollercoaster whether we spend too much or too little. I promise you having a work uniform will make such a difference to your mornings and your bank balance AND it frees up your mind for more important things like making a cup of tea! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi Tuppeny,

    Thanks for a great post. Definitely food for thought. I’ve been in a very good financial situation (only debt is mortgage and an interest free bed purchase which we could have bought outright but figured why not spread out the cost at no extra expense to us). I have some emergency savings, I plan my spending out annually to make sure I’m prepared for big bills and I have an emergency fund. I also have a growing pension and some savings invested in ISAs. All sounds great right? Trouble is I still worry about money! More than I should. My challenge is that I’ve been doing IT work that I have fallen out of love with. I finished my last contract in May and am living off my business savings while I try to build up alternative income streams. My IT business savings will run out sometime around April next year and my new business income is nowhere near enough to cover my monthly expenses yet. The thought of going back to IT work fills me with dread. *sigh* Any ideas to help me ramp up my alternative income quickly? I’ve even been thinking of going car-less to take a decent chunk out of my expenses, but can I survive without my own car? Not sure!

    Sorry for massively long comment, just thought it might be worth weighing in to let you know that even if you seemingly look financially set, it’s not always the case…

    Thanks again for a thought provoking post.


    • I’ll be honest – I’m not great at side hustles as the day job takes all of my energy and some. However my initial thought is Matched Betting. I keep meaning to try it but my brain doesn’t really work in the evenings especially now I’m fitting blogging in on top of working. Being in IT you’ll be used to detail which I think MB needs. Alternatively, what about freelance writing? Ruth over at Ruthmakesmoney has some fab posts on this (she also has info on MB). Both have the potential to provide you with a monthly income in the hundreds I think if you can put the initial work in.

      Going car-less is also an option, probably when you hit the empty account point but selling your car could provide a few months expenses and it’s amazing how you can get by with a few taxi’s/ubers or internet shopping if necessary. Disclaimer – I chose not to do this when I had the option 🙂 Otherwise you are doing fabulously financially!

  3. I’ve only had a rainy day fund/emergency fund these past couple of years.

    Evidently, not having one was one of the factors of my getting into big credit card debt, yet after I’d paid off said debts, I still didn’t have one. What did I do in emergencies then? Use 0% credit cards, paid off before the interest kicks in!

    However, I now feel more comfortable having a wad of cash for back up – the credit cards are a last resort.

    • Well done on paying those debts off and having the discipline to pay off 0% cards before they crank up the interest rates. If you are super disciplined then 0% cards have their place in your emergency plans but like you I feel better having cold, hard cash as my back up as well – just in case. (Of course not actual cash, just readily available cash!)

  4. My number 1 piece of financial advice to my kids is your first point – pay yourself first. It is so important to think about spending what is left after saving rather than saving what is left after spending. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount in the beginning, even if it is tiny – it’s the discipline that counts. And big snowballs grow out of tiny snowflakes.

    • You are so right – the discipline is what makes the difference over the long term. I think if you don’t have the discipline of saving and paying yourself first you’ll always be on the back foot with your finances.

  5. Fun pin. All good ideas here. Some easier to put into practice when you actually have the funds to do so (e.g. rainy day fund). Never heard the phrase ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’…so that’s what friends are for! 🙂

    • So true, getting the savings traction going can be hard but well worth the effort and possible sacrifice. That saying must be a UK one then, that along with “look after your pennies and the pounds will look after themselves” was repeated throughout my teens.

  6. I love this post. YOLO, has got everybody spending money they don’t have and banishing their future self to a life of indebtedness. I personally like the Keep taxes down the suggestion. People worry all the time about the price of something or how to save money but for me if I can save money on taxes it is an immediate 30% return on investment.

    • Completely agree Shawn! Why pay more tax than you need to? Our governments want us to save for our futures so we are not reliant upon them in our later years. YOLO has a lot to answer for.

  7. “Be Kind To Your Future Self” …. LOVE IT! The number of people I hear saying “Life is too short…Live now” is insane. Yet we are told that we’re living longer and there is even talk of the 100 year life!

    Great post!

    • Thanks Ken. YOLO is all very well but we want to be saying YOLO when we’re 80 and more! Life is too short NOT to save for our later years because who wants to be having to work to live when we are 70 or 80? Thanks for stopping by!


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