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Investing Whats the problem? In general, when it .es to a lack of savings, it is often not a question of low in.e, but a matter of high spending. While its very true that often were put into situations where we must spend money (due to loss of employment, health care bills, home repairs, etc.), for many of us our excessive spending is merely a habit we must learn to break or at least control. But where do we begin? Many people would like to reduce their spending and increase their savings, but it seems like such a monumental task that they simply dont take any steps in the right direction. Sound familiar? If so, dont shrug it off any longer. Saving money can begin right now, and you can start in small ways. Here are several easy ways to increase your savings Secret #1: Put it on the mantle My grandmother used to use that phrase when I was making a major decision, generally related to a purchase. She would say put it on the mantle, meaning that I should set it aside and think on it. Thats great advice, Gram! When youre considering a large purchase (like a car) or even small (like a pair of designer shoes), try putting it aside, even for just a week or two. Allow yourself time to think it through. If, after that time, you still feel its a good idea, proceed knowing its not just an impulse buy. If not, dont. Most of us have made at least one (and probably more) purchases of this nature that we have later regretted. What if you had the money back for every such purchase? What if that money was collecting interest in your savings account? It could really add up. Secret #2: Pay yourself first When you get a paycheck, you likely pay your rent first, your car payment second, your insurance third, and so on and so on. Somewhere at the VERY BOTTOM of your list is YOU. Why are you at the bottom? Probably because you know YOU wont penalize YOU if YOU dont make a payment to YOU. My point is this hold yourself accountable. Start by putting money into your savings account FIRST. Take care of YOU before anyone else, so there are no excuses at the end of the month. Unless your monthly bills are higher than your monthly in.e, you should be able to determine a set, .fortable amount that goes into savings every month no ifs, ands, or buts. Stick to it! Secret #3: Shop smarter Were all in a hurry, so its easy to grab items like snacks or coffee when convenient. But think about it if you stop at a convenience store for a 12 oz. coffee every morning, thats probably about $1.75 youre spending every day that adds up to over $600 every year! What if, instead, you bought a $10 coffee maker for your office and bought your coffee grounds in bulk? How much money could you save? And how could interest affect what youre saving? If you saved just $600 per year in a basic savings account with a 5% rate of return, after 30 years you could potentially have more than $30,000 and thats after taxes! Start paying more attention to those little expenditures. They can really add up! Secret #4: See your destination They say that hindsight is 20/20. Think about this: if 10 years ago you began saving just $200 per month in a shoe box under your bed, then today that shoe box would have $24,000 in it! Unfortunately, you cant go back in time. But you CAN look ahead. Use a financial calculator (there are free calculators available online) and start plugging in numbers calculate where you could be in 20-30 years depending on how much youre willing to save today. Once you know what you COULD achieve, saving money could be.e your favorite pastime. A .petition (with yourself) to see how much you can increase your future net worth. Have fun with it! Secret #5: Ditch the shoebox Speaking of that hypothetical shoebox under your bed the money in that box might collect dust, but it wont collect interest. And while I seriously doubt that you keep money in a shoebox, take a moment to consider WHERE and HOW you save your money. While a traditional savings account can earn you interest, there are other options available to you that could potentially earn you more. Perhaps youve heard people speak about money market accounts or CDs, but youre not sure what they are or if theyre right for you. Its a good idea to learn all you can and make informed decisions about your money. The best advice I can give you is this speak with a financial professional. While saving money is important, where and how you choose retain and grow that money can have a significant impact on your net worth in the years to .e. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: