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Money Savings Tips to Keep Your Finances On Track

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Money Savings Tips to Keep Your Finances On Track

Does it seem like your savings plan always becomes derailed? Starting too big or having unrealistic goals can prove faulty. Once you do have some money saved, it may be difficult to know what to do with all of it - leaving you wondering where to go from there. Luckily, we have compiled a list of simple saving guidelines to keep your finances on track.

Stop spending money you don’t have.

This may be one of the hardest rules to follow. Even though that check is coming on Friday or you’ve been doing “so good” with savings, doesn’t mean you get to throw it all away. The money you accumulate has a place it needs to go, so don’t convince yourself otherwise.

Use less than 30% of your income for your wants.

Wants include movies, shopping, restaurants and nights out on the town. While allowing yourself to have fun, you’re still able to save as you’ve put a 30% cap on your monthly limit.

Reevaluate all of your bills.

Be able to look through your bills and know if you are getting the best deals. If you’re already getting the best prices, try to find places to cut expenses. Do you need cable or can you switch to a cheaper option? Is an unlimited data plan necessary or do you fall into a different category that may cost less?

50% of your income should go to necessities.

Groceries, housing, utilities, health insurance and your car payment all fall under necessities. Work on your budget to see how you can make these payments fit under your 50% cap. If you’re lucky and have some left over, put that towards an emergency fund or vacation fund. This will make you more motivated to meet these limits.

Create a budget and stick to it.

Creating a budget is easy – sticking to it is the tricky part. Be sure to make your budget realistic, which is why we mention the 30% of wants portion. You’re going to spend the money, so allocate for it. Downloading a budgeting app will also help remind you when you’re close to reaching your budget.

Set 20% of your income aside for financial priorities.

As the 50/30/20 budgeting rule goes, 20% of your income should go to savings. By auto transferring a portion of your paycheck straight into savings, you won’t even realize you have more money you could be spending! These savings could be used for a house down payment, tuition for a child or part of an emergency fund. When you put a name to your savings account, it will make it easier to save.

Keeping your finances under control can be fun! Challenge yourself to see how long you can go meeting all of your budget goals. Find ways to skimp on expenses and become a super saver. If you’re looking for a place to store your savings, our accounts are a great option. Give our team a call at a location near you to set up a savings plan that fits your needs!


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