Tips for Saving Money

Robert Dole |
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Some of us are spenders, others savers, but most of us fall somewhere in between.  Can you account for where your cash goes, or do you frequently find yourself wondering where your money goes each month? The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do to save money starting today.

Here are a few of them.

  • Decide what you’re saving for.  It’s a lot easier to forego lunch out, or your morning cappuccino if you have an end goal in mind.
  • Have money automatically deposited into your savings account.  If you don’t see it, you won’t miss it. Start small and ramp up as your goals change.
  • Take advantage of retirement plan benefits your employer may offer.  If your employer matches 3% of your savings, be sure to save at least 3%, or you’re leaving money on the table.
  • Set a reachable goal, such as $20.00 a week.  Hitting that goal will give you the confidence to continue.
  • Don’t disregard change.  Start a piggy bank for your loose change or use your bank’s rounding-up process, where all purchases are rounded to the nearest dollar, and the leftover change is placed in a designated account.  You’d be surprised how quickly this adds up.
  • Stop buying things on impulse.  If you see something you absolutely have to have, wait until tomorrow.  Chances are that item is no longer as desirable as it was 24 hours ago.
  • If you typically spend $10.00 for lunch three times a week, that adds up to more than $1,500 annually; $2,500 if you eat out every day.  Save one day a week for eating out and bring your lunch the other days.
  • Same advice goes for dinner. It’s so easy to have takeout rather than making an entire meal after a long day at work, but if you commit to eating dinner out less, you’ll have a lot left over for that dream vacation. Consider preparing meals in advance, so it’s less tempting to grab food out.
  • Use coupons.  If you don’t have to pay full price, don’t.  Coupons are everywhere – take advantage of them.
  • Examine all of your credit card statements to ensure that everything is accurate.  Credit card companies are good at reversing erroneous charges, but you have to bring it to their attention first.
  • Take a look at your billing statements for hidden fees.  Cable and cell phone bills in particular often have numerous fees included.  Make sure that any fees included in your bill are accurate.
  • Make sure your home is saving you money as well.  Keep the blinds or curtains drawn during the day to keep the room cooler and save energy in the process.  Make sure your windows and doors are weatherproof. Keeping your home a little warmer in the summer and a little cooler in the winter will also significantly reduce energy bills.
  • Consider walking, biking, or using public transportation instead of your car, if feasible.  You’ll save money on gas and parking fees, while keeping mileage down.

 

Whatever your goal, start saving today. Share your goals with us!     

Resources

1. https://www.bankrate.com/banking/savings

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