3 small ways to start saving more money now that will add up over time


After a busy holiday season, I found myself dipping into my savings more than I had planned. To get back on track and build up my savings again, I implemented a few strategies that really helped. Here are three small but effective ways to kickstart your savings journey:

1. Review and Revise Your Budget:

Take a close look at your financial situation by gathering all your financial documents and examining your bank and credit card statements. Assess your current financial position and identify any unexpected expenses or debts. Consider reworking your budget to accommodate your recent spending habits. Utilize budgeting apps to track your expenditures and consider partaking in a no-spend challenge to regain control over your finances. A no-spend January can be particularly effective in addressing any looming credit card bills.

2. Establish Tangible Savings Goals:

Instead of vague savings targets, set specific and measurable goals such as saving a certain amount for a trip or creating an emergency fund. Consider implementing a sinking fund, which involves saving for particular financial objectives, like upcoming holidays or travel plans. Many banks offer specialized savings "buckets" to help you organize and work towards your varied financial goals.

3. Automate Your Savings:

Take the hassle out of saving by setting up automatic contributions through your bank's website or app. By doing so, you'll notice your savings accumulate more consistently. Consider placing your savings in an account that is not easily accessible, possibly at a different bank, to make it more challenging to withdraw funds. This extra step made it harder for me to dip into my savings, prompting me to reflect on the importance of maintaining those funds for the long term.

In short, rebuilding your savings will require some time and effort, but by refreshing your budget, setting achievable savings goals, and automating your savings, you'll be well on your way to re-establishing your financial resilience.  

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