Even when you have the best intentions, saving money is hard. Especially if you are living in an expensive city like Chicago, New York or San Francisco.
So, here are some useful tips for you to get the best out of your money.
Depending on the total lump sum of income you have to work with and your current circumstances, it might be a very good idea to split your savings.
Think about locking some of your cash away in a fixed rate bond, preferably for one to five years as well as putting some into a high-interest rate savings account.
It is safer to spread out your savings between a few Federally insured banks just to be on the safe side, especially if you are saving very high dollar amount.
Shop around and be wary of which bank you choose to bank with, as many of the providers belong to the same financial arm. If one bank has problems at least you have diversified so your other savings are still safe!
Now, credit cards can be a major headache when used recklessly. But used sensibly, they can actually be a very simple way of giving yourself breathing space and saving on any unnecessary bills.
If you can find it, a really good idea is to switch your funds into a balanced transfer credit card that charges 0% percent interest for an introductory term.
That way you get the loan for free while you make a plan to settle full bill.
You really need to make sure you’re on top of things. It’s a given, but make sure you pay back at least the minimum repayment, sometimes more if you can get in front.
With modern day technology easily accessible, there’s no excuse for not setting up an automatic savings plan.
And finally, set up a fixed, regular amount to be transferred from your account to a savings account as soon as your paycheck comes in.
It really doesn’t have to be a huge amount, but the key is to set up something once so that you don’t have to think about it again.
It also probably helps if you’re savings account has some kind of access limitations so that you can’t easily get to the funds once they’re deposited.
By the end of the year, a tidy little sum will have built up, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised and elated at just how easy it all was to do.