To control small expenses you must first understand what they are. Usually they are not necessary items, instead they might be items for pleasure, relaxation, or entertainment. This is not to say that spending a little on these items is unspeakable, it’s the overspending that’s unspeakable. Now that you realize having money to spend doesn’t necessarily validate the use of it, lets talk about how to moderate it. First of all, whatever money you do spend on small purchases, it should be after allocating money for the necessary expenses. Next, an easy way to reduce expenditure is to shop less. Obviously the more you shop, the more you spend. Consider this example. A man goes to Starbucks and gets himself coffee. He pays $2.75 for a cup. The next day he does the same thing. And the next. And the next after that. And for a whole year everyday he buys a cup of coffee. So he thinks to himself one day “How much am I really spending on coffee?” After doing the math he realizes he spent nearly $1000. If you think that something just costs a couple of dollars, you need to come to grips with the reality that things add up. So, the best way to reduce small expenses is to ask Do I have the money for this? Then the next question is Do I really need this? Once you ask yourself those questions, i’m sure you will spend your money in a more responsible way.