The last few months have been really crazy for us, the Earth dwellers. On one-hand, lay-offs from jobs have increased, while on the other, our stay-at-home habits have taken a toll on our savings; the net result is disappearing numbers from our hard-earned bank-balance.
From the increased number of subscriptions to probably everything that can be subscribed to online, binge-eating related grocery shopping, and of-course random orders for time-pass, the list of expenditures is endless.
Somehow we have virtually turned into Rebecca Bloomwood, from Confessions of a Shopaholic, and the need for savings has taken a backseat. To help you increase this technically non-existent part of your life right now, here are some easy tips.
It Would be Best if You Have a Goal
As intuitive as it may sound, having a goal to save your money is crucial. Be realistic and set out some of the things that you want to do with the money you are saving. It could be a trip, or some really cool set of books, or maybe the latest PlayStation.
As long as you have some incentive to save for in the long run, you can surely find the inspiration to do it!
Make a Plan and Stick to It
Time your savings goal. For example, set a date, to save “A” amount of money and follow through with this plan. As time goes, make this a habit for every month or week, whichever suits you best. By reinforcing this good habit, you will be amazed to find how much you can save over some time.
Prioritize Your Expenditure List
Let’s be honest, do you really need the ridiculously expensive box cutter or the leather boots you will never wear? Understanding what’s necessary and what’s not, can make a lot of difference when you are trying to save some bucks.
Plan Your Budgets
You can make a monthly budget about the list of expenditures you expect and how much you can put aside at the very beginning. This way, you save some money by default every month, along with the amount you are left with, from your budget.
Open a Second Account
Keep a second bank account and transfer your savings to this one, every month. By doing this, not only do you ensure that your money cannot be spent in the next month’s expenditure, but you will also have a stand-by emergency fund.
Don’t Keep Any Pending Debts
Clear out all your debts as fast as possible and keep the slate clean. Debts can cause an additional burden when you are trying to save money, and it is better to steer clear from it, as much as possible.
Invest Your Money Smartly
Last but not the least, invest your money in stocks, funds, or any other place to secure a saving as well as beneficial returns in the long run.
Savings is a good habit that you should definitely start practicing from today to enjoy a better future with increased financial security!