How to Save Money, When Saving Seems Impossible

Julia Carlson |

No matter where you are on your financial journey, adding to your savings can sometimes seem impossible. Below are some tips to make saving a possibility:

  1. Track your spending. A key step to saving money is to figure out where your money is going. Track your spending for a month or two to see where you can make room for saving to be a priority.
  2. Set a budget. Once you know where your money is going, you can create a budget to help you stay on track. Your budget should include all your income and expenses and leave room for savings.
  3. Automate your savings. Set up a direct transfer from your checking account to your savings. This way, you automatically build your savings without having to think about it.
  4. Trim unnecessary expenses. Take a close look at your spending habits and see where you can adjust. Do you really need that expensive cable package? Could you cook more meals at home instead of eating out? Every little bit helps you save.
  5. Avoid impulse purchases. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and make an impulsive purchase. Before you buy something, take a few minutes to think about whether you really need it.
  6. Set financial goals. Financial goals will help you stay motivated to save money. Make a list of your short-term and long-term goals, and then create a plan to reach them.

Saving money can be challenging, as it takes time, effort, and dedication. With that being said, even a few of these tips incorporated into your life can help make the impossible, possible.

Information in this material is for general information only and not intended as investment, tax, or legal advice. Please consult the appropriate professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation prior to making any financial decision.  

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