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Saving Money Can Be Enjoyable For Those In Texas

Aug 17, 2007
Money and fun aren't necessarily words that people automatically put together. But for people in the cities of Houston, Dallas and Austin, and throughout Texas, there are more than enough ways of dealing with the stuff to make the world go around a little easier.

Central to the idea of having enough money to live well, or at least in the "manner to which you would like to be accustomed," is that of saving money. Simply put, you need to spend less than you earn, which isn't always an easy thing to do. In fact, it may never be easy, but the good things in life are often those that require work.

While there are numerous options for saving money, deciding where that money will go, at least temporarily, is an important first step. Financial experts say most people who really want to save should maintain a savings account in a bank rather than put it in a money box or under a pillow at home, the idea being that having it accessible but not so available that you're likely to spend it on things that you might -- or should -- think about first.

A close second in terms of priority would be to organize your finances, something that's especially important when it comes to deciding how much to save and where.

Look at a savings account as a tool to help you get and stay organized when it comes to finances. Money put in a savings account should stay there, especially if the financial institution requires a minimum amount to earn interest on the money you deposit.

Those ubiquitous ATM cards may be a problem to some. If that's the case, putting the card in a safe but relatively inaccessible place may be what it takes to remove the temptation to dip into a savings account, especially if the temptation turns into a habit.

As the saved money grows, it may be time to consider a long-term deposit, which would have you move short-term savings into an account that earns even more interest. At the same time, moving the savings into a certificate of deposit (a.k.a., a CD), will force the prudent saver to "stay away."

But what if I need the money?

With a CD, the money is accessible, but only after the depositor pays a steep fine, typically the interest that would have been earned and then some. The lesson here is that it had better be, in fact, an emergency before you opt to break into funds deposited in a long-term instrument such as a CD.

Wise savers will want to shop around for the best features and benefits of the banks in their region. Banks in Dallas, Houston and Austin are typically very competitive and will want to earn the business of what they hope will be a long-term customer. One bank may offer higher interest rates but personal preference definitely comes into play. At any rate, wise consumers will want to understand their options and study the information carefully before making a decision on where to do business.

To say that money is important is probably one of the biggest understatements going. What's encouraging is that most Americans -- 96% in fact -- agree that saving early would help someone achieve a fruitful and stable life.

Increasingly, people are recognizing the value of saving as a way of insulating oneself from instances of health and natural adversity. More and more, today's youth are seeing the value of personal savings in achieving their long-term goals, defined as those that have a lasting effect.

Further reasons for savings include the ability to have flexible financial resources in the future. Experts advise that saving at least 20% of your monthly earnings, while using the remaining portion for your household, personal and unexpected expenses, will make a big difference in a person's ability to achieve their long-term financial goals.

For those with an entrepreneurial leaning, savings can also be a source of future capital for engaging in business enterprises. Savings can also provide more opportunity for someone venturing on their unexplored talents while earning a potential for increasing their money.

While young people may not want to think about it, savings is a great way to get in a habit that will follow them into later years. Indeed, in one survey, more than 23% of today's elderly said they failed to save and strategically use their money for preparing their way to retirement. The result was having to extend their entire retirement career working to cover basic expenses.

Setting goals is a key way to make a difference in achieving financial success. Goals should be attainable and consistent, two characteristics that are likely to help those who want to be successful in the future.

Managing money might seem to be a chore to some, but achieving financial success demands on taking care of the details, including those that have to do with money.
About the Author
Pat Carpenter writes for Precedent Insurance Company. Precedent puts a new spin on health insurance. Learn more at Precedent.com
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