I really think the best way to save money is to invest it because that way the money will kept busy and working instead of idle. However, some people have asked how they can conventionally save money for future purposes and unforeseen contingencies, this is the reason for this post.
Saving money is the art of setting aside some amount of money for future use. The main reason why so many people don’t always have enough money to do what they want or need is because they don’t have a good savings habit. You will learn how you can start saving money.
Step 1: Establish what you want.
It is very important that you determine what you want to do with money and the time when you would want to use it. Doing this will help you determine the amount you should set aside and over what period of time, for instance, if you desire to save N120,000 within six months, you should be saving about N20,000 every month. This amount can also be broken down into weeks or days depending on your convenience. What matters most is that you have a time limit for which to achieve your goal.
Step 2: Draw out a Plan.
Having established what you want to do with the money you intend to save and over a period of time, your next task will be to come up with a plan of how you intend to go about the saving. Your plan should entail where to save the money, do you need interests, how often you should save and so on. Planning will help you reach your goal much easier and it will take care of any unforeseen contingency on the way.
Step 3: Be Self-disciplined.
One of the major reason why lots of people fail to develop the habit of saving money is because, they lack the discipline required to effective pull through with the plan of saving. Discipline helps you to pay attention and stay committed to your plan. Once you have a plan in place to save some money over a period of time, you need discipline to see you through it. Some distractions may come up along the way, but discipline will enable you pull through.
Step 4: Make Sacrifices and Delay Gratification.
Saving demands that you forgo some regular spending routine, the truth is that once you have made up your mind to start saving some money, you will have to make some sacrifices in order to provide for your savings. By sacrificing some leisure, it means you are making some money available to save. In this case, you will have to differentiate between your needs and wants. One of the best ways to save money is to avoid spending on things you don’t need. Besides, when you sacrifice, you should also have it at the back of your mind that it is for a temporal basis. That is why it is important that you have a time limit for your saving.
Step 5: Carry your family member along.
In the course of saving money there are so many things that will change with you, especially if you have a family or dependent. In this case, you should endeavour to carry your family and any other person who depends on you financially, along. You should be able to communicate your goal to them; I am sure if you are convincing enough, they will reason with you. Saving money is the most useful way to become wealthy in life. That is why you see people who develop the habit of saving money are able to survive in today’s economy.