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How to Save Money when You Have a Spending Habit
Everybody loves money especially spending money. A lot of the things people buy are not needed: new clothes, gadgets and night life are not always necessary. The economy is rough, getting jobs is tough, so you need to value your money. Sadly, many people don’t have a high a financial IQ. They know how to make money, but not sure how to save and spend it. If your able to manage your money right–you will be able to treat yourself more comfortable and more often in the long run.
Here are some of the steps with which you can save money even while spending enough:
How to Develop and Improve Your Money Saving Habits
Saving money is one of those habits that we know is good for us, but might not have developed particularly well. For an individual who doesn’t currently save, perhaps it’s because they’ve faced some financial hardships in the past, that they’re too busy “enjoying life” or that they simply never saw the value of devoting any of their energy to saving.
But at the end of the day, none of those reasons is particularly important. Rather than spend time figuring out why we don’t yet have that good habit in place, it’s better to simply start building one.
Here is some banking advice and pointers for developing and improving your own money-saving habits:
- Take a Financial Inventory. Sometimes the biggest incentive to getting into a money-saving habit is merely understanding that your current financial situation might not be as strong as you thought. By taking a financial inventory you’ll be able to quantify exactly how much you currently have saved, as well as your current assets and liabilities. This is usually known as calculating your Net Worth. Understanding clearly that you might not have as much saved as you thought can give you a strong push to start doing so.
- Make a Budget. Even though you know you should be saving, you might not have a good idea of what is a reasonable savings amount to target each month. Having a personal budget that clearly identifies your income and all of your expenses can help make this happen. There are manybudgeting tools that you can use. When you have a detailed budget you can identify potential areas to cut back on in order to boost your savings rate.
- Be Creative. In order to maximize your potential savings, don’t assume that any category of your expenses is fixed. Nearly all things can be changed and scaled back on, provided that you have enough will to do so.
- Involve Your Family and Friends. Even though we’re talking about your personal finances, your daily life probably involves many other people. It can be difficult to save as much as you’d like if you have friends and family members who may be competing for your financial resources. For example, your budget may demonstrate that you spend a bit too much going out for with your friends, so consider proposing less costly alternatives sometimes. Similarly, if your family spends too much money going out to eat, come up with a less costly way to still get the quality time together. By involving those in your life who are closest to you the savings process becomes easier.
- Prepare Yourself for a Change. Even once you’ve identified the areas that you want to cut back on in order to boost your savings rate, it’s quite another thing to actually go ahead and change your behaviors. If you assume that changing your other habits will be easy, you may be frustrated to find that it requires a little more work, and frustration can lead to failure. If you are targeting multiple areas, change one at a time and to give each change some time to become a new habit before trying to change the next one.
The best way to improve your savings rate over time is to do so in a deliberate and sustainable manner.
How to grow your investments?
Investing in the stock market or saving to fund retirement is like growing asparagus – you should always have started five years ago.
Recent economic shocks have caused many to question the wisdom of the City saying, not least because the FTSE 100 has gone nowhere over the last five years. But the facts that dividend income during that period added 20pc to total returns, many shares and sectors have done better than the blue chip index and the power of compound interest over time continue to argue against delay or remaining in deposits.
Major financial institutions including M&G, Barclays Bank, Foreign & Colonial and Witan Investment Trust have supported the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in the belief that gardeners and investors are often the same people – and similar principles can apply to both activities.
If that sounds a tad simple-minded to some self-supposed sophisticates of the blogosphere (“buy silver!”), then do try to remember that bumpkinWarren Buffet’s observation that investment is “simple but not easy”. So here are 10 tips to make your money grow using common or garden strategies:
1: Be patient. Don’t expect instant results from plants or your portfolio. But shares and stock market-based funds are likely to produce higher returns than bank deposits over the medium to long term. They did so in three quarters of the periods of five consecutive years during the last century, according to research by Barclays Capital.
2: Be vigilant. Little and often is the best way to water your garden and to regularly monitor the progress of your investments. Do not file and forget assets any more than you would fail to keep an eye on your herbaceous border.
3: Mix and match. No garden should be filled with only one type of flower – because that would make it dull for 50 weeks a year, when that plant is not in bloom, and prone to disease. Similarly, diversification is the surest way to diminish the risk in stock markets and maximise returns.
4: Don’t be afraid to prune. Just as deadwood should be removed to stimulate new growth in plants, your portfolio will benefit from dumping dud investments.
5: Don’t be disheartened. Bad weather and economic shocks are ever-present risks for gardeners and investors but the good ones learn to live with them and thrive despite occasional setbacks.
6: Enjoy compound returns. Progress with substantial plants such as shrubs and trees may seem slow at first but, after a few years, each summer’s harvest is noticeably bigger than the last. The explanation is that 3.2pc – the current yield net of basic rate tax on the FTSE 100 – is worth a lot more on a portfolio of £100,000 than the same return on £1,000.
7: Avoid delay. The sooner you start gardening and investing, the sooner you will get through the dull or difficult early stages and begin to see why both are well worth the bother. That’s why investing – as mentioned at the outset – is sometimes compared to growing asparagus; you should always have started five years ago.
8: Make hay while the sun shines. ‘Buy low’ is the first step to making a profit and ‘sell high’ is the second. Use your annual Capital Gains Tax (CGT) allowance to take up to £10,600 of profits this year tax-free.
9: Don’t be a fashion victim. Garden gnomes are no longer widely regarded as a good idea – but followers of financial fashion suffered more than embarassment when the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) bubble burst.
10: Enjoy your garden and investments. Both can be rewarding hobbies – especially now that fewer people are retiring with final salary pensions and more of us manage our own retirement funds via Self Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs). Both activities should also prove more intellectually stimulating and profitable than vegging out in front of the TV.
8 Habits That Keep You Poor Even With A Reasonable Income
Have you ever wondered where all your money went to? Do you often ponder why there is no money in your bank account at the end of each month? Have you found yourself frequently thinking about the invisible holes through which your funds vanish? If yes, then you have landed at the right place. We can tell you exactly the reasons why you are unable to amass money despite earning a decent income.
Here are the top 8 habits that can sneak into your hard-earned income and eat up your funds.
1. Spending more as your income increases
There’s no harm in raising your standard of life when you can. However, if you are a person who is constantly looking for ways to spend your money, you will probably find yourself in a difficult situation soon enough. If you continuously raise your expenditure along with any increase in your income (or even without it), it would be hard to have any real savings.
Try to keep your expenditures at a constant level along with exploring ways to increase your income. That’s the route to success!
2.Focusing on the present without caring about the future
Usually, when people find it hard to tackle a problem, they choose to ignore it. That’s a sure recipe for disaster. The same is the case with your finances. Generally, people focus on their present needs, wishfully thinking that future needs will somehow be met in some way.
You need to take the future into perspective whenever you are making any financial decision. Although it is good to take care of everything in the present, do your best to save for your future.
3.You think it is too early to start saving
When you are young, it is easy to get carried away by the various pleasures money can buy. People often think that right now is too early to start saving or investing. Wrong! It is never too early to save a portion of your income, no matter how low or high your income is!
Start saving today! In fact, experts say that you should save before you spend. Keep aside a portion of whatever money or income you get, and then spend the rest!
4.Not keeping a record of your money
We all think that we know where our money comes from and where it ends up. Sadly, that’s not true for most of us. We might be aware of our major expenditures, but the small things usually eat up our finances more than the big ones.
It is an excellent idea to start keeping a journal for all your income and expenses, whether they are huge or small. This way you will have a much better idea for controlling your finances.
5.Lack of budgeting and/or poor budgeting
You might be documenting everything. Then again, you might be missing the starting point — a budget! Having a realistic and well-documented budget is the foundation of all your financial planning and success.
Make a budget and stick to it! I can say this from my own experience: it makes a huge difference in how you look at your money. In the absence of a budget, it is very easy to get carried away and commit unnecessary expenditures.
6.Being unclear of your needs, wants, and finances!
In order to save money and build wealth, it is of the utmost important that you absolutely care about the must-haves, good-to-haves, and not-to-haves! You need to prioritize your financial targets. If getting rich is a top priority for you, then you need to sacrifice some of your present pleasures, whether you like it or not.
Be clear about your goals and write them down. Review them at regular intervals to keep yourself on track.
7.Ignoring your debt
For a lot of people in today’s world, interest eats up a huge portion of their finances. It’s a painful fact. Still, they don’t know how to get out of this vicious cycle, leaving them with little to no savings.
First of all, make paying your debt a top-of-the-list item on your agenda. Work out a plan for this and stick to it, no matter what. You don’t want to believe that you’re poor, do you?
8.Constantly upgrading your electronic gadgets
There is no limit to it. While there is no harm in buying gadgets that you actually need, buying only because there is this next version of mobile available in the market will definitely cause you more harm than good.
Take charge of your life today. Do what needs to be done right now. Youcan do it. Do yourself a favour and start your journey of becoming wealthy today. As William Shatner said, “If saving money is wrong, I don’t want to be right.”