Habits maketh a man.
Some habits you are born with. Some you tend to inherit. Some you foster over a period of time.
Even so, as you know, all habits are not that desirable, be it cigarette smoking, or binging on junk food.
On the other hand, if habits are helping us lead a happy, hassle-free lifestyle then, of course, such habits need to be fostered no matter what.
For instance, waking up the moment the alarm goes off, ensures that you reach the office in time. Spending half an hour daily in gym ensures you stay fit. Likewise, putting away a certain sum of money, every month, for savings, ensures you have some money in hand when some untoward incident crops up.
Despite the apparent benefits of saving money, people don’t tend to save that easily. Though they may decide to save so and so amount every month, however, most of them fail to live up to their expectations. That is why it’s important to develop a habit when it comes to saving money.
Here I walk you through six simple ways to save money before it becomes too late:
#1. Pay yourself first
Not heard of it before. Okay, it simply means to set aside a certain sum of money as savings as soon as you receive your salary. This will make sure that you save some money before you start spending. For example, George, first things first, deposits $500 in the savings account every month from his salary before transferring the remaining money to his current account for monthly expenses.
That’s how George pays himself first before he starts paying other people for goods and services bought.
You could even look at it as a monthly expenditure – a rent that you need to shell out every month no matter what. However, for many, savings don’t come that easily. Such people could switch over to automatic bank transfers and payroll deductions wherein the money gets automatically deducted without personal intervention.
#2. Design a Workable Budget
Aside from paying yourself first, it also helps to figure out your approximate monthly expenses by measuring your expense against your income. This will help you decide which expenses could be stopped in their tracks.
In addition to your routine expenses, also factor in expenses that happen occasionally such as garden maintenance, car maintenance and so on. If possible, compare your budget with people who have better money spending habits. For what it’s worth, you could even try Better Money Habits Spending Analysis Tool.
#3. Decide on your Short and Long-term savings
Of course, this helps. Set aside time to think through your short and long-term savings for the future. Short term savings could be your college fees, upcoming vacations, buying a car and so on. Long-term saving plans could include buying a home, retirement plans and so on.
In case you have a Bank of America account, use the Picture My Goals tool to set up and track the progress of your goal in the mobile app.
#4. Pick the Right Apps
Apps could be the safest bet when it comes to accurate tracking of your expenses and income and in turn, helps you save serious money. Even shopping apps, offering discounts and all, help shop in limited budget.
This free personal finance app is referred to as the Beyonce of personal finance apps. The powerhouse app lets you track all your financial activities, from all your accounts, be it savings, retirement, fixed deposits, funds and more. In fact, every transaction is recorded and categorized, not to mention the app even happens to create a budget for you.
Additionally, it generates a graph to give you a visual representation of your net worth and cash flow. And, if you are worried about security, don’t you worry, the app is password protected. And if need be, you could even deny access to your phone through the Mint website.
You Need a Budget (YNAB)
Sure, the app is highly detailed, however, it comes with an easy-to-use budget interface. More than anything, it comes free with the $60 software you purchase for Windows or Mac. So, if you are looking to get a handle on your finances, then this app is worth your time and money. Plan to develop a saving app, consult GoodFirm’s list of top mobile app development companies.
With Ibotta app you could earn real money from shopping. This is how it works? Simply peruse the various offers appearing in the product gallery and then share the ones you like the most in your social media pages.
Every time you share a like on Facebook, take part in a poll or watch a video, cash gets automatically added to your account, which could easily be accessed once you start purchasing from one of the 50 retailers the app has collaborated with.
#5. Use Social Media Platforms to find the Best Deals
As you might already know, big brands tend to announce exclusive sales and offer coupon codes on their social media pages. So, following their accounts will help you make high-end purchases at discounted rates. You could also earn discounts by following the social media pages of restaurants, museums, and hotels in your area.
Further, you can even undertake DIY tasks such as crafting jewelry, showpieces and more by looking at Pinterest images. This again will help you save a good amount of money. Looking forward to developing consumer-friendly, highly interactive social media pages for your brand, consult top social media marketing companies right away.
Putting it all together
Budgeting is easier said than done. So, if you could review your budget plans, time and again, and check your progress report every month, it would do a world of good for your saving plans. This will not only ensure that you don’t derail from your savings plan but will help you identify and remedy issues quickly. This, in turn, will help you save more and reach your budget goals faster.
Author bio: This is Jennifer Warren, staff writer at GoodFirms – a review and research platform for top ecommerce development companies, app development companies, social media companies among many others. A bookworm at heart, I have successfully guest blogged for top sites such as Crazyegg, Semrush, Searchenginepeople, Sitepronews, Volusion.com, Socialnomics, jeffbullas, mediapost among others.