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Tips to Build Your Savings

Aug 17, 2007
In this age it, with the goods and gadgets available people just cannot seem to stop wanting. So the expenses and debts seem to be increasing by the day while the savings seem to be depleting. Here, are some steps that could be implemented to increase your savings.

Create Your Budget: One should carefully formulate a budget. It should be realistic and practical so that the targets can be met. One should enlist all his sources of income and his expenses. The budget allocations should be designed in such a way that the income exceeds the expenses. Ultimately, what is most important is sticking to the budget.

Have a Savings Plan: Each month you should aim to save about 5% to 10% of your salary. You can invest this money in a bank so that it makes more money and your wealth increases.

Make a shopping list: Before going shopping, you should make a list of all the essential articles required. Take only the required amount to purchase them and leave your credit cards at home. When out shopping follow the list and avoid buying any unnecessary articles purely on impulse.

Sell your clutter: If you carefully browse through your household articles, storeroom or attic you will find plenty of articles in good condition but of no use to use. Such surplus articles can easily be sold off or auctioned thereby adding to your income. Various online auction sites have made this even easier.

Drinking and smoking: Try to stop or keep a check on habits like drinking, smoking and gambling as they eat up a lot of money.

Plan bookings: Whenever you intend to go somewhere always plan in advance. Making advance bookings in airlines, resorts, theaters, etc give you cheaper offers.

Refrain from taking loans: Take a loan only as a last resort when you are absolutely sure you cannot do without it. Try to avoid the hassles of paying off debts, keeping track of installments, interests, etc.

Develop money-saving hobbies: Rather than participating in money spending activities try to inculcate an interest in money making activities like painting, gardening, etc. This can provide you with an additional source of income.

Unpunctual in paying the bills: Lack of punctuality in paying credit card bills will only increase your burden. It will result in you paying as much as a $39 late fee and your interest rate will be increased by 25% to 31%, depending on your card agreement. In certain cases, the card companies may raise the rate on the card as well. A delay of more than 30 days will also affect your credit score. Thus it is imperative to pay your bills on time and avoid these additional hassles.

These simple acts can together add up and go a long way in increasing your savings.
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