How to Save Money Effectively?

Nowadays, we tend to shop more than we save. Well, shopping isn’t bad, especially if we already have responsibilities such as our own families to feed and our dreams to fulfill. However, due to the current trends that seemed to rule our society, more people began to feel insecure and consider luxuries as a way of showing others that they have a good life.

But behind it, we have a lot of debts and unpaid borrowed money from banks, people, and others. Then, once we have lost all of it, this is the time when we realize our recklessness in spending our incomes. This is when we’ll realize that savings offer more lifetime benefits than shopping. Some people are able to get back on track with help from bridging loans, but this still needs restraint and financial understanding to pull off successfully. So today, we’ll discover the steps to effectively save our life in the future.

Step 1: Record Expenses

The first step to saving is to record our expenses. We need to review and be able to identify the total expenses we have for a period. This will keep us aware of our expenses’ track, such as our cash tips, household items, and even our morning coffees.

Next, we need to organize the numbers by categories such as a mortgage, gas, groceries, and other essentials. Aside from that, we also need to record our expenses when using our bank accounts or credit cards.

Step 2: Make Budget Savings

Next, we need to make budget savings wherein a portion of our monthly income must be put into a bank account or credit card. Of course, we must have a plan for these savings, as well as the specific monthly budget for it. Here, the more you save, the larger amount you’ll have in the future for your retirement.

 

Step 3: Cut Unnecessary Spending

Following that, we need to cut unnecessary spending and live with it. This includes following every trend, buying too many designer bags, shoes, and other items, too much eating, and more. Instead, we need to settle into a more convenient and efficient way of living. Besides, showing off too much with luxuries does not count. It is better save every penny you have since life comes in unpredictable waves. It is better to be wise and prepared all the time.

 

Step 4: Set Savings Goals

Fourth, we need to set savings goals that will drive us to work and save harder. To do this, we need to fix our mindset about saving and have goals to reach in a specific period. Some examples of these goals are plans for marriage, vacation, business, or just simply for a comfortable retirement. Then, we need to set a specific amount that we’ll save every time our monthly incomes arrive into our bank accounts or ATM.

 

Step 5: Prioritize

After our incomes and expenses, we now need to set priorities or even limitations when we use our money. We need to keep in mind the long-term benefits once we started to save rather than spend. Here, we can start with prioritizing our needs more than our wants. We better buy groceries rather than the newly released shoes we desire. We need to choose our future rather than succumb to other temptations. In this way, we can have a comfortable life in the coming years.

 

Step 6: Pick and Use the Right Tools

As we have successfully settled our savings plans, goals, and track, we can now proceed to picking and using the right tools. In terms of tools, we can use bank accounts, credit cards, or simply save our money in a safe place inside our home. When we use bank accounts, ATMs, or credit cards, the best thing here is that it can grow, and our money is safe. On the other hand, simple saving in our home can uphold the privacy, yet pose a security risk. So, we better use bank accounts for better growth and safety of our money.

 

Step 7: Make an Automatic Saving Promise

In connection with the previous step, automatic saving is way better. Here, we can witness growth in our money, and it is safe.  Also, we can make a deposit or withdrawal anytime that we wish, as ATM machines are around us already.

Now, we better think about our future and life. Life is not easy, and being careless when keeping our money will only lead to harder living. So, with these steps, may we now start saving for ourselves, our dreams, and our loved ones.

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A Housebound Lifestyle

Most of us are used to being able to go whenever we please. We are not used to being housebound. When circumstances arise that causes this situation it can be very hard to deal with. A prime example of this has been the Pandemic of 2020. Although this has been very difficult to deal with it has taught me some valuable lessons. Ones that I will carry forward with me as I never know when they will be needed again.

Adjustments

Often what can happen is becoming housebound can happen quickly. As it did with the first round of the COVID_19. But there are other circumstances where a person can become restricted to the home. Such as a result of an illness or injury. Or in other cases where people simply cannot afford to go out for any type of entertainment. When these circumstances arise it takes people away from their normal routine and they have trouble adjusting. Some become depressed while others may become irritable.

Putting Time To Good Use

The biggest challenge that I as many others faced is what to do with all the extra time that is now available and what to do with it in a constructive way. This is difficult when there are family members of different age groups. I found the best approach was to plan for using time.

Turn It Into Something Fun

One approach is to turn the situation into something fun. With some creative thinking, there are lots of ways to do this. Here are some things that I planned for my family.

Plan A Virtual Vacation

There is no way that a traditional vacation can be taken but now it’s an ideal time for a virtual one. Just as you would for any vacation it has to be planned for. So for this segment use it for making the décor that would be found in the destination you are virtually planning. So for example, if the trip is for Hawaii, then get the whole family making some props. Plan one room that will be used for the destination vacation, like the den or family room. This can then be decorated with all the items that you make.

  • Next make the food. A whole day can be spent on making the food that is going to be used on the virtual vacation. The kids will love this and we got some inspiration by doing some research into the cuisine that would be available at our destination.
  • Now the activities: What activities would you enjoy if you went to Hawaii? Fishing might be one of them. So how about playing the card game “Go Fish”?

These are just a few ideas to get you going on planning your virtual vacation. If all these are put into action you are going to spend three days on this event. Two for the preparation and one for the actual event.

Plan A Theatre Night

Now you can think outside the box for this one, and it too can take up several days of preparing for it. Instead of just watching a movie, how about the whole family putting on a play. When we did this we recorded it then sent the video to some family members. They enjoyed it so much that some of them did the same thing. We then sent all of these videos to the children’s grandparents.

The first day the script could be written, and then everyone learns their lines.

On the second day, the costumes and props could be worked on. Then finally the third day the big production,

Virtual Visiting

Another big problem with being housebound is not being able to spend time with family friends. At least one of the family members is likely to be computer savvy. This means they can set up virtual meetings (check this out over at agora.io). But, instead of just logging in to say hello why not play a game? Charades would be perfect. This too could be a pre-planned event where snacks could be made.

The important thing is to have a plan for a few days at a time. Trying to think about how to use time spontaneously can be difficult. In between all these activities, there should be a regular home routine as well. Such as doing the chores, cooking, cleaning, and whatever else the family participates in during normal circumstances.

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