Spring Into Savings: Money Saving Tips

Just like the flowers are beginning to bloom, you’re here because you want to see your savings account grow. With inflation rates at an all-time high and market volatility, there’s no better time than now to get creative and find ways to save using our money-saving tips.

Whether you’re trying to get by paycheck-to-paycheck or have some extra cash to spare, it is certainly possible to stretch your dollars out. This list of money-saving tips has been created to help you get started saving because, oftentimes, that’s the hardest part.  

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Money Saving Tips  

Set Goals

As with anything you set out to achieve, your first step should be setting your goal. This way, you have something concrete to work towards. When saving money, you can break down your goals into short-term and long-term projections.  

Let’s take a look at what this means in practice.  

Short-Term (1-3 years) 

  • An emergency fund (this should be roughly 6 months’ worth of funds to cover living expenses, but can range from 3 to 9 months depending on your situation)  
  • Down payment for a car  
  • Funds for new furniture  
  • Car lease funds  
  • Vacation  

Long-term (4+ years) 

  • Down payment for a home 
  • Retirement funds 
  • College fund for children  

Depending on what you’re saving for, there are different types of investment options that you can also consider. While you always have the safe option of stowing your money in a bank, the upside of doing so will depend on interest rates. When interest rates are low, you may not see your money grow. For your long-term goals, taking a riskier approach may be more doable since you may have more time to regain any potential losses over time.  

Track Spending 

Knowing how to manage and save starts with monitoring your money. It could be helpful to conduct your own audit and make a list of what you spend each month. This is different from creating a budget, but it will work towards helping you understand your finances. This exercise will also help you to develop your budget more accurately and reasonably. When you know where you are spending, you can know where you can make cuts to save more.  

Avoid Debt  

Debt creates extra expenses through the interest that you may want to avoid. If you’re spending money on a credit card, be sure that you try and pay them off in full every month. To do so, you’ll want to create a budget. Check out this post for tips on how to budget like a pro.  

Use Technology 

There are many automated tools that are designed to help you save. For example, you can use an app like Acorns®. Acorns invest spare change with its tool called Round-Ups. The extra change goes into a low-interest ETF (electronically traded fund) to control risk for its users. This is just one example of an app you can use to save money without even thinking twice.  

Shop Generic  

When it comes to healthcare costs, finding ways to save can seem impossible. It may seem counterintuitive, but consider getting your routine and preventative healthcare in order so that you can catch any issues before they advance (and end up costing more in the long run, too). Additionally, when you have to buy healthcare items or prescriptions, you can buy generic, which typically has the same ingredients without the brand name label. In turn, generic may cost less than their branded counterparts.  

Utilize Utilities Wisely  

Did you know that you could save roughly 5% on your energy bills for every 10-degree reduction in temperature on your water heater? And keeping blinds closed during the day allows you to maintain a cooler temperature without running the air conditioner. Not sure how else you can reduce your energy costs? You can contact your gas and electric company for either a free or low-cost energy audit to find ways to save on your utility bills. Summer is coming up fast, so now is a great time to get it done.  

Employee Matching Programs 

It’s never too early to start saving for retirement. Compound interest makes a lifetime of a difference, literally. Find out if your employer matches your retirement plan. Some employers may provide a retirement matching program, meaning that whatever you put in, they make the same contribution on your behalf.  

Check Your Insurance  

It’s spring cleaning time. While you get rid of your old clothes or things you don’t use, consider setting aside some time to review what your insurance policies cover. You may be overpaying for extra coverage that you actually don’t need. By reducing your coverage amounts only to what you need, you can end up putting away that extra amount into a savings account or using it towards an emergency fund.  

Dine In to Save Up  

As mentioned, inflation is at a record high, which means that what you used to spend eating out has now undoubtedly increased. Make a conscious effort to dine more at home. Depending on how much you’re spending on eating out, this can be a source of considerable savings. When grocery shopping to cook at home, make use of coupons or shop for sale items. If you have a big family, it often makes more sense to buy in bulk and potentially freeze the extras until you’re ready to use them.  

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Closing Thoughts  

As the saying goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Every little bit counts, especially if you invest your savings so that the compound interest works in your favor. We hope these money-saving tips have inspired you, and we know you can do it!

High-interest loans can be expensive and should be used only for short-term financial needs, not long-term solutions. Customers with credit difficulties should seek credit counseling. The opinions expressed above are solely the author’s views and may or may not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the website or its affiliates. Cash Factory USA does not provide financial advice.    

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