5 Ways To Easily Save Money

Saving money has been a good idea for generations and generations. Perhaps you learned to save money because of good role models in your life. If you didn’t have those good role models or if you find that saving money is just too hard to do, don’t give up. Ask yourself why saving money is more important than ever before?

Although many companies have been laying off people because of the struggling economic times we have been having, some businesses and people are doing just fine. If you have set aside an emergency fund in case you had to live without your income for three months, then you have been extremely wise.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the importance of creating and maintaining a personal or family budget since this is such an invaluable financial tool. Not creating a personal budget is like that old adage about “failing to plan means that you are planning to fail.” And that is basically what you are doing. You have no control over your money, your finances will most likely end up in disarray, and you will never be able to get ahead financially. The bottom line is that you should not be spending more money than what you actually have. Five Ways to Easily Save Money

There are many ways that you can effectively budget just as there are a number of ways that you can save money for future purchases or unknown expenses. Additionally, this will relieve the stress that occurs when you are struggling to make ends meet and pay your bills. Here are 5 tips you should consider for saving money:

Tip# 1: Develop a personal budget and decide to save at least 10% of your income

This is pretty much a no-brainer, but you would be amazed if you knew that people were surviving by the skin of their teeth without employing this invaluable financial tool. If you haven’t created a budget in the past, be sure to start one now. When you budget, make allowances for a saving category and save that much money each and every month.

Tip #2: Get better at recycling, repairing, and re-using household items

This is part of the “Going Green” mentality, but it still makes a lot of sense. In addition to this, you should consider using alternative energy sources and purchasing only those consumer goods that are manufactured from either recycled goods or sustainable resources.

Tip #3: Cutting food waste will cut spending

What is the point in purchasing more meats or fresh vegetables than you can possibly consume at one sitting? More importantly, how much sense does it make to let leftovers go to waste and then get thrown in the garbage?

Tip #4: You can still maintain a normal lifestyle inside or outside of the home by shopping sensibly

You don’t need to spend a fortune to dress and look good, nor do you need to spend a lot of money on food if you just pay attention to discounts and sales as well as not being a name brand junkie.

Tip #5: Save a set percentage of every paycheck

Some companies will allow you to send part of your paycheck to a savings account. You just tell them how much you want to send from each paycheck and they will transfer it. This automated process makes saving money much easier.

Copyright (c) 2010 Sherry Tingley

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