The New Year brings a new opportunity to start fresh. By now, we’re used to hearing that January is the perfect time to set financial goals and resolutions. So, why not take this opportunity as a catalyst to put your money where your mouth is? Hopefully, you’re already saving for retirement and other future expenses. However, there are many people who don’t have savings or an emergency fund. Statistics reveal that the average American has about $3900 in their savings accounts and only about one in ten Americans can afford a $500 unplanned expense within the next 30 days. Yikes! That’s scary! Saving money can be hard but it doesn’t need to be impossible. Here are 5 simple strategies that will help you get started on your savings journey.
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Make Saving a Priority
When you don’t prioritize saving, you won’t save. Simple as that. We’re all busy with work, paying bills and taking care of our families and ourselves. When we’re constantly worried about how we’ll pay our next bill or put food on the table, let alone put something away in savings, it’s easy to push saving to the back burner. If you want to improve your financial situation, you need to make saving a priority. There are a few ways to do this:
Make Saving Money a Habit – Getting into the habit of automatically putting a certain amount of money away every month will make things much easier. You’ll set yourself up for success without having to think about it.
Make Saving Money Empowering – Change the way you think about saving. Instead of seeing it as a chore, think of it as empowering yourself and your future. Imagine all the amazing things you could do or achieve once you’re financially secure.
Create a Financial Plan – Once you know where you’re at financially, you can create a plan to get where you want to be. There are many different types of financial plans, ranging from quick and simple to detailed and complex.
Pay Yourself First
The best way to save is to pay yourself first. It’s like compound interest for your savings. Make saving a priority and take advantage of contributing to your retirement accounts. At the same time, make sure you’re also contributing to your savings. If you get a regular paycheck, have bills you need to pay, and have expenses coming up in the future, you may be tempted to skip your savings because you think you don’t have the money to put away. However, the best way to deal with that is to pay yourself first. Put away a certain amount of money each month before you pay your regular bills and expenses so that you’re prioritizing your savings. This way you won’t even see the money and you’ll be less likely to spend it.
Automate Your Savings
If you want to set yourself up for long-term success with your savings, you should automate it. You’re far less likely to spend the money if it’s automatically taken out of your paycheck and deposited into your savings account. Automating your savings will help you avoid the temptation to spend the money on something else. It’s best to automate your savings based on your paycheck cycle because it will make things much easier. When you automate your savings, you won’t have to think about it. You can just sit back and let the money build over time. Plus, as you continue to add to your account over time, you’ll see your savings grow at a much faster rate.
Track Your Spending
Before you start looking for ways to save money, you need to know where your money is going. If you don’t track your spending, you won’t know how much you spend on average each month or year. You won’t know where you can save money, and you won’t be able to create a plan to reach your savings goals. You don’t need to spend tons of time tracking your spending. You can do it manually or use an app to help you track your expenses. You may think you know how much you spend on certain bills and expenses, but you could be way off. If you don’t know what your average spending is, you won’t know where you can save money. You can track your spending manually or use an app to help you track your expenses.
Find the Right Tools for You
Different people have different saving styles and plans. If you don’t know what works best for you, you may have a hard time saving money. There are several different options to help you save money, and you may have more than one option available to you.
These options include:
Regular savings accounts – Traditional savings accounts offer basic features like low-interest rates and no additional bells and whistles.
Interest-bearing savings accounts – These savings accounts typically offer higher interest rates and additional benefits like higher interest amounts, help with debt, free ATMs, and internet/mobile banking access.
Cash-value life insurance – You can use life insurance as a savings tool. It’s important to choose the right life insurance policy to make sure it fits your needs.
Bonds – Bonds are another type of savings account, and they’re available from the government and corporations.
Stocks – Stocks are another type of investment account, and they can be risky, so make sure you understand how they work before investing in them.
Saving money can be tough and it takes a lot of discipline and determination to stick to your savings plan. However, the rewards are worth it. In the long run, you’ll feel better knowing that you’re financially prepared. If you want to improve your financial situation, you need to start saving as soon as possible. It can be difficult to save money, especially if you have a lot of expenses every month. However, there are a few ways you can make saving money easier. Make saving a priority, pay yourself first, automate your savings, and track your spending.
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