Simple ways to save money

Record your expenses

The first step to money saving is to identify and figure out how much you spend. For this, you will need to keep track of all your expenses such as coffee, household item, cash tip, etc. Once you have collected your necessary data, organize the figures and assign them into categories such as gas, grocery, and mortgage and total each amount.


Make a budget

After you have an idea of how much you spend in a month, you can then organize the recorded expenses into a workable budget. The budget should outline how your costs measure up to your income so that you can plan a spending limit. In addition to monthly expenses, factor in expenses that occur regularly but not every month such as car maintenance.


Plan on saving

Create a savings account category after you have formulated a budget. Attempt to keep a minimum of at least 10-15 percentage of your income. If you have very high expenses which you cannot cut back, consider downsizing or reducing costs by identifying non-essentials of your expenditure.


Determine something to save for

One of the best methods to save money is by setting a goal. Begin by thinking of what you want to achieve by saving for it. Some would like to get married, plan a vacation or save for retirement. After setting a goal, determine how much money you will need to and how long will it take for you to save for it.


Decide your priorities

After considering your expenses and income, your targets or goals are likely to have the most significant impact on how you allocate your savings. Remember to save for long-term goals as it is crucial that retirement planning does not take the back seat to short-term needs. Learn how to efficiently prioritize your goals to have a clear picture of where to start saving from.


Pick the right tools

If you are saving for short-term goals, consider FDIC-insured deposit accounts like savings account and CD or certificate of deposit. For long-term goals consider FDIC insured individual retirement accounts or IRAs or securities such as stock or mutual funds. Before finalizing, look at all the options and consider things such as balance minimums, fees, and interest rates.


Make saving automatic

Methods such as splitting your direct deposit and setting up automated transfers are relatively easy methods to save money. And since you do not have to think about it, and it reduces the tendency of excessive spending.


Watch your savings grow

Check your progress every month and periodically review your budget.  This will not only allow you to follow up on your savings plan but help you identify and fix problems quickly.