Building up your savings is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself from life’s unexpected changes. No matter how little you earn monthly, putting money aside for a rainy day should be a priority to you at all times.
The truth it, as important as saving money is, it does not come naturally to many. It is sometimes easier to spend all your money and make excuses for your habits, but what happens when something important suddenly comes up and you find yourself helpless because you have ignored saving up during the time of plenty? No one wants to be in that situation.
If you happen to be one of those people who always find they have nothing left to put away at the end of the day, you might want to look out for some of these habits that are stopping you from building up your savings.
No darling, you do not need to purchase that high-priced bag just because it is on sale, and you definitely do not need to buy all those clothes just for the hell of it. Try to build self control and learn to say no to shopping unnecessarily. Yes it is nice to treat yourself once in a while, but when you are trying to actually save money, you need to stick to purchasing only the needs you absolutely need.
Living above your means
You know how much you earn and the things that are way above your pay, do not spend money lavishly. There is absolutely no need to get a house in the most expensive areas of town when you know it will take a whole year’s salary to pay the rent. You do not need to buy the most expensive items, take a private cab every time you go out or dine in the most expensive restaurants, that is how you end up broke before the month runs out.
Not making a budget
Drawing a monthly, weekly or daily budget is one of the easiest way to keep track of your spending. Figure out how much you want to spend on your monthly necessities and try to stick to your plan. That way you find yourself with a little something to throw into your savings account monthly.
Always eating out
If you sit down and calculate how much you spend buying food everyday, you may be really shocked to find out how much of your salary goes to feeding. If you want to up your savings monthly, you may want to consider cooking your own food more to avoid spending too much on feeding.
Premium monthly subscriptions
Have you ever considered how much you spend on cable monthly and weighed it against how often you actually watch all those extra channels? Is it worth it? Or that gym membership subscription you do not even have time to use? At a point you may need to cut off some subscriptions. Yes some of your monthly subscriptions are important to you, but opt for cheaper plans as often as possible to avoid spending huge fractions of your salary on things you do not even need or use.
Spending money you haven’t made
So many people are guilty of this. Buying goods on credit in hopes of paying up when your salary comes in is really one habit to avoid. What it does is to slowly suck you into a pool of debt that just sits there consuming money you do not even have, leaving your savings account dry.
It is true that saving money may be hard sometimes, but making a few cuts here and a few adjustments there could do the trick.