We all hear that we need to save money for a rainy day or for an emergency. But in reality, that can be easier said than done. With the cost of living rising, as well as growing families, and additional expenses, it really can be tricky to set aside enough money each month to save, once you have paid for all of the things that you need to. So here are some simple steps to help you get saving. Even having a little amount is better than nothing; we never know what the future will hold.
Keep a Money Diary
When you embark on a weight loss plan, often you are asked to write a food diary so you can keep track of what you are eating. It makes you much more conscious of what you eat, as you have to record it all the time. So do the same with your finances, using something like refinery29.com/money-diary, for example. It is a great way to see where you spend unnecessarily, as well as where you can make cuts. Even something like a coffee a couple of times a week can end up costing a lot. So keep track of it all, and it will make a difference to what you spend, meaning you can pocket the savings.
If you have some debt to pay off, then it needs to be cleared in order for you to really be able to save. So set yourself a budget and a target each month to pay off the amount that you will need to. If you have a few loans or credit cards, then it could be a good idea to look to consolidate them all. Often it means paying less interest than you would have been doing before. A site like consolidated.credit could give you some more help if you need it. But the important thing is to not bury your head in the sand about your debt. Staying on top of your finances is key to clearing and then keeping out of debt.
Choose Something To Save For
When you’re just told to save ‘for emergencies,’ what does that really mean? For many of us, something so ambiguous can actually be counterproductive to us. A lot of us need specifics or to have a particular goal to aim for. So choose something to specific to save for, even if you’re not going to use it in the end. It might be for a certain vacation, to get a new car, or just to get a new appliance at home. When you have an end goal in mind, it makes it easier to make a plan to save. So that could be something worth doing if you normally do struggle.
Get the Right Savings Account
First of all, a savings account is good because it means you can have the money out of sight. Once you can’t see it, you’re less likely to spend it. But the other reason is because you can get a good interest rate for your finances. So you can gain some good money by putting your money in a savings account. They are not all created equal, though! Do your research and pick one that is a good rate for you.