With prices of so many things on the rise these days, it seems impossible for people to save their extra funds. Those with families to support and especially those with children to send to school are having a hard time making both ends meet. What they earn is just enough to pay for their basic needs with no extra left for savings.
But if there’s a will, there’s always a way and so saving money can still be achieved even when there’s a global financial crisis. It’s never too late to start setting aside a little extra for your future needs. Experts say the earlier you start, the better are your chances of gaining more savings moving forward. In other words if you’re in your 20’s now, the more money you will be able to save compared to when you start saving when you’re already 30.
A recent survey by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council actually found that more than half or 51 percent of adults 18 to 34 years old are now saving for different purposes. And this is amidst the low interest rate of just 0.9 percent on savings and money market deposit accounts as revealed by Bankrate.com.
One way of starting out is to make your saving endeavor an automatic process. And how do you do this? By allowing your bank to make the automatic transfer of your salary each month from your current account to your savings account. You can actually request for this automatic transfer from your employer. In this way, you don’t have to think about doing it yourself because the bank does it for you. A great benefit you gain from this is enjoying more savings because you don’t physically get hold of the money which means you won’t be tempted to use it.
In fact, you can get a little incentive if you opt for this because there are some banks that provide some rewards for clients who prefer this automatic transfer of their funds. Among the incentives offered is the waiving of any financial charges such as the monthly maintenance fee.
Teaching yourself not to be impulsive when it comes to shopping is another lesson to learn. Admit it or not, many of you often give in to your impulse to buy items that easily get your attention even though it’s not really necessary and it’s a bit expensive. You often say to yourself, “It’s okay to buy this after all, I’m just doing it once.” But if you get used to this behavior, it’ll eventually become a habit which can become really expensive so try to control yourself as much as possible.
Finally, you may want to opt for taking out a short term payday or cash advance loan for an emergency need instead of using your credit card. There may be times you don’t want to use part of your savings so it might be best to go for an affordable unsecured loan as long as you commit to paying it on time to avoid unnecessary fees. The key is to always be a responsible borrower and saver.