Saving money can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Start by making small changes, including these simple steps. Once you are on your way, consider opening a savings account.
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Savings Made Simple
9 Ways to Boost Your Balance
1. SET A GOAL
Successful journeys begin with a clear destination in mind, so be sure to set a specific, achievable savings goal.
2. TRACK EXPENSES
Diligently monitoring spending habits over the course of a week or month will often highlight areas where you can immediately cut costs.
3. PAY YOURSELF FIRST
Use automatic transfers or personal reminders to make sure the first deduction from each paycheck Is a portion headed into your savings account. (It only takes $20/week to save $1.000/year!)
4. GET FRUGAL WITH YOUR FOOD
Brewing your own coffee, packing leftovers for lunch at
the office and resisting the temptation of the takeout
menu can trigger some of your most significant savings
5. BUY IN BULK
When shopping for food and household goods, a little planning goes a long way. Bulk purchasing can get you the same products at a notable discount.
6. CONSERVE UTILITIES
The dollars and cents saved from shutting off lights,
taking shorter showers and keeping a careful eye on
your thermostat can really add up-particularly in the
summer and winter months.
7. RECONSIDER YOUR CABLE
Although telecom bundles can be attractive, there are now dozens of ways to enjoy television and movies without the need for an expensive cable subscription.
8. TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Opting for a train, bus, bike or carpool arrangement even once or twice a week can be great for your budget and the environment.
9. FREE FUN
Check your community calendar for free events or make your own family fun at home!
Continue reading! There’s plenty to learn about how to save your money.