Tell me we’re not talking about this… Kidding aside, as we grow older, we become more exposed to the realities of life, hence, saving money is part of it. But at the end of the day, it always begs the question — how do we start saving money?
Today, let’s face it. We all need money, be it if you’re still a student, a working adult, or even an old man/woman at the sunset of his/her life. Money keeps the world going, hence, us, humans. We study, we get good grades, and then, we look for jobs that will be able to support us and to give us the value that we yearn for. Money is always there but we really have to know how to find it, most importantly, how to keep it.
Four tips on how to start saving money:
1. Find something that will help you earn it.
It’s really important to find a job to be able to earn. If you’re still a student, maximize your strengths, like writing, art, music, etc. We’ll never run out of opportunities to make wealth. Let’s always count on ourselves that we are able and we can always do the impossible things if we trust our own capabilities.
2. Start with a Financial Tracker.
This might sound very overwhelming at first, but I tell you, it really is an effective way to strategically manage your finances — your monthly inflows and outflows. With this, you’ll get to track your allowable expenses anchored in your cash inflows, making it possible for you to project your savings for a specific time period.
3. Discipline is Key.
We all know that spending is one of the plenty things we’re good at. If we know how to identify the things we need vs. the things we only want, we’ll be able to draw the line and be able to save, in the long run. Using coupon codes whenever we shop is an effective way to save and coupon codes also allow us to spend our hard-earned money in a very wise way. But of course, we should always remember that we really have to be disciplined enough whenever we think of purchasing something.
4. Focus on your long-term goals.
Whenever we feel like we can’t save, or whenever we lose hope about being able to save, we just have to remind ourselves the reasons why we are saving; is it for our future; is there something we want to achieve; these are just some of the reasons why we save. Also, it is important to know our priorities as young as we are. Financial literacy is one of the most important things that we have to acknowledge and later on, learn. It is something that will help us to live our lives wiser.
If we plan on building our own families and career, saving is an important process that we have to learn and to practice. Having savings helps us to become self-dependent and fulfilled. They say that if we learn how to save for our future, we will be able to live a happy life.
Of course, if we have enough savings, we will be free from debts that we might incur in the future. Saving is really a serious practice that we have to familiarize and be used to as early as now. Without us having savings, how can we expect to live our lives to the fullest? Indeed, if we plan to live a hassle-free life, free from the bonds of loans and debts, etc, we really have to work on our savings.