8 Helpful habits to Supersize Your Savings

Saving money is one of the most important paths to future financial stability. While making more money is certainly helpful, saving is one of the best ways to secure yourself against emergencies and unexpected expenses.

Here are 8 helpful habits to supersize your savings:


8 Helpful habits to Supersize Your Savings

1. Set a goal

A great way to start saving right away is to set a savings goal and write it down. Even if that goal has to be adjusted later, having a target you’re working towards can help motivate you and keep you on track.

2. Get rid of debt

Debt can make saving money much harder. So work towards paying off loans with higher interest rates sooner rather than later, or move the higher interest debt into lower interest loans (also known as “debt consolidation”). Eliminating unnecessary or expensive debt is a key step in freeing up money to put toward savings.

3. Live within your means

Just because you can afford to buy something, doesn’t mean you should. Beware of “lifestyle creep” (spending more money as earnings increase). Instead, try to keep your lifestyle and expenses the same as your earnings grow. This way, you can use the extra money to save even more.

4. Save first

Another great habit is to save first. The idea behind saving first is to set aside money in your budget for your future self before spending money on yourself today. One great way to save first is to have a set amount of money or percentage of your income automatically moved into a savings account.

5. Automate savings

Automating savings is the simplest way to ensure your savings goals are met. You’ve worked hard to earn your money, so saving it shouldn’t require any extra effort. Use technology to make saving seamless, such as setting up recurring, automated savings on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.

6. Separate your needs from your wants

Separating the things you need from the things you want can help you reduce spending and save more. If you’re not sure where you’re going to find the money to start saving, create a list of needs and wants, then see if any of your “needs” actually belong in the “wants” category; and what expenses from your “wants” you’re able to live without.

7. Invest

It’s essential to have some short-term savings in cash for emergencies and other surprises, but a savings account with the bank probably won’t grow much, even over time. If you can afford to wait a few years, investing some money in the stock market or on other investments may help you earn passive income and get the most out of money that you’ve already saved.

8. Be consistent and patient

Building good savings habits requires consistency and patience. Like most things, saving money takes time. Focusing on saving regularly over the long term is a better strategy than contributing to your savings once in a while. If you’re not able to save a lot right away, that’s okay. What’s most important is that you start saving today, no matter how small, and continue to save consistently over many years.

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