When you’re trying to save for the future and still manage to eat, it can be tough to find that right balance. We all need to plan ahead, and having a savings account really is essential. This can be a cushion or that “rainy day” money that you need, and it is never too late to start putting away money towards your retirement. However, a lot of us can get bogged down when it comes to handling our own finances and it is all too easy to be like the grasshopper in Aesop’s Fables and put it off until tomorrow.
You can’t put off saving for your future until tomorrow, because there is a good chance you’ll keep putting it off until you wake up one day and it’s too late. However, there are a few easy tips that you can use to start saving for your future today. It may be a little tough at times, but like anything, practice makes perfect. The more you practice saving, the easier it gets. Eventually, managing your money will come naturally.
Let’s start off with setting a budget and finding which expenses are not necessary. Add up everything you spend over the course of a month. Put all of your necessary expenses, such as groceries, rent, utilities and phone into one column. Now, put everything else in the other. You may be surprised at just how much you are spending every single month. If you have credit cards, it’s very easy to spend more than you’re making. This sets you up to enter a bad debt spiral that will eventually get out of control.
Now, let’s take a look at everything in the second column. Add up how much you spend on things such as partying or shopping. These are items that should be the first to go. Sure, you don’t want to become a recluse, but when you get tempted to go out and spend a bunch of money ask yourself – will I still be able to wear this shirt when I’m broke at 65? Do I want to work until I’m 80 simply because I want to go have a few drinks?
It’s a bit extreme, but these little spending habits can end up giving you that result. Find ways to do things a lot more cheaply and you’ll end up saving a few hundred dollars every month. Put that money into an interest-bearing savings account and we guarantee, by the end of the year, you’ll be amazed at how much money you were able to put aside. Next, you’ll need to focus on ways to create more money than just your standard income. 80% of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck. This means that one lost job can result in becoming homeless. To break that cycle, you need to create multiple streams of income so that you’re not relying on that one source of income to meet your needs. This is the key to planning for your future.