Nowadays, we tend to shop more than save. Well, shopping isn’t bad, especially if we already have responsibilities such as our own families to feed, for our dreams, and so forth. However, due to the current trends that seemed to rule our society, more people began to feel insecure and saw showing off luxuries as a way to tell that they have a good life.
But behind it, we have a lot of debts and unpaid borrowed money from banks, people, and others. Then, once we have lost all of it, this is the time when we realize our recklessness in spending our incomes. This is when we’ll realize that saving is way better and provides more lifetime benefits than shopping. So today, we’ll discover the steps to effectively save our life in the future.
Step 1: Record Expenses
The first step we need to take is to keep a record our expenses. We need to review and be able to identify the total expenses we have for a period. This will keep us aware of our expenses’ track, such as our cash tips, household items, and even our morning coffees.
Next, we need to organize the numbers by categories such as a mortgage, gas, groceries, and other essentials. Aside from that, we also need to record our expenses when using our bank accounts or credit cards.
Step 2: Make Budget Savings
Next, we need to make budget savings wherein a portion of our monthly income must be put into a bank account or credit card. Of course, we must have a plan for these savings, as well as the specific monthly budget for it. Here, the bigger you save, the larger amount you’ll have in the future for your retirement.
Step 3: Cut Unnecessary Spending
Following that, we need to cut unnecessary spending we ought to live with. This includes following every trend, buying too many designer bags, shoes, and other items, too much eating, and so forth. Instead, we need to find more convenient and efficient ways of living. Besides, showing off too much with luxuries does not count. Better save every penny you have since life comes in unpredictable waves. So, better be wise and prepared all the time.
Step 4: Set Savings Goals
Fourth, we need to set savings goals that will drive us to work and save harder. To do this, we need to fix our mindset about saving and have goals to reach in a specific period. Some examples of these goals are plans for marriage, vacation, business, or just simply for a comfortable retirement. Then, we need to set a specific amount that we’ll save every time our monthly incomes come into our bank accounts or ATM.
Step 5: Prioritize
After our incomes and expenses, we now need to set priorities or even limitations when we use our money. We need to keep in mind the long-term benefits once we started to save rather than spend. Here, we can start with prioritizing our needs more than our wants. We are better to buy groceries than the newly released shoes we desire. We need to choose our future rather than anyone else’s. In this way, we can have a comfortable life in the coming years.
Step 6: Pick and Use the Right Tools
As we have successfully settled our savings plans, goals, and track, we can now proceed to picking and using the right tools. In terms of tools, we can use bank accounts, credit cards, or simply save our money inside a safe place in our home. When we use bank accounts, ATMs, or credit cards, the best thing here is that it can grow, and our money is safe. On the other hand, the simple saving in our home can uphold privacy, yet security is at risk. So, we are better to use bank accounts for better growth and safety of our money.
Step 7: Make an Automatic Saving
In connection with the previous step, automatic saving is way better. Here, we can witness growth in our money, and it is safe. Also, we can both deposit and withdraw at any time as ATM machines are around us already.
Now, we better think about our future and life. Life is not easy, and being careless when keeping our money will only make living harder. So, with these steps, may we now start saving for ourselves, our dreams, and our loved ones.