Tips for saving more

Do you have enough cash to fall back on or to make big-ticket buys? Hope to retire someday?

Tips for becoming a better saver

Do you want it or need it?
Are you buying products or services you don’t really need? You can save money by cutting back on eating out or buying the latest fads and fashions. Also give some thought to items on which you could spend less.

Make savings an automatic habit
Put a portion of every paycheck you receive into your savings account by using direct deposit or automatic transfer. You’ll be much less likely to spend the money that way.

A portion of a savings account statement

Pay yourself first!
Set aside money for savings at the beginning of each month, rather than waiting to see what’s left at the end. Decide on a percentage of your monthly income (for example, 5-10%) to direct deposit or transfer into your savings account.

Set aside “extra” money into savings
If you receive a tax refund, deposit it directly into your savings account. If you get a raise or bonus from your employer, put the extra amount into your savings. If you receive cash as a gift, save at least part of it. If you have paid off a loan, keep making the monthly payments — to yourself, in your own savings account!

Pay your bills on time
When you pay your bills on time, you avoid late fees; extra finance charges; disconnection of (and re-connection fees for) phone, electricity, or other services; the cost of eviction; repossession of cars or other items; bill collectors.

Avoid check-cashing stores
At $10 or more for each check you cash, this can add up to several hundred dollars per year. Consider opening a checking account at a bank instead.

Save for retirement
If you work for a company that has a retirement savings plan, don’t pass up the opportunity to participate. If you’re self-employed, set up a retirement savings account of your own.

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