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Developing a Savings Strategy

Make a Savvier Savings Strategy

Saving money is a means to getting the things you want in life — whether it be a tropical vacation, a new lust-worthy bag, or maybe even early retirement! Developing a savings plan takes the burden off of saving and turns the seemingly impossible into possibilities. Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Factor splurges into your budget to prevent any guilt from indulging.
  • Make a budget that reflects the way you actually — not ideally — spend money.
  • Create lists to help you stick to your budget when shopping.
  • Keep track of your spending for at least a week to see where you're spending your money. Then, use your spending journal to find ways to save.
  • Pay yourself first by setting aside five to 10 percent of each paycheck in your savings account.

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I like the thought of paying myself first and putting money into my savings right away however, I don't always think that is possible for me.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
haha sohpia I'm with you on that one! I can just never get ahead. I'm still recovering from Christmas and need to start saving for a trip in August! I'm prying for a decent tax return!
sophia_HL sophia_HL 8 years
What do i do about self control though?
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips.
emalove emalove 8 years
Thanks, Savvy, these are great tips.
bfly1133 bfly1133 8 years
I can't remember if it has been talked about it or not, but the 60% Solution is a great way to start this. It's a way to budget that prioritizes savings, allows for flexibility, and makes you put aside "fun" money. You can just goodle "60% Solution" for more information or go here: http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/LearnToBudget/ASimplerWayToSaveThe60Solution.aspx
Veekore Veekore 8 years
I especially like the "Factor Splurges in" tip...never thought about it that way
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Yes! Great tips!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Good Advice Savvy!
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