The value of saving money is pretty apparent to most people, but the actual process of doing so is a lot more difficult. As human beings we often do not actually want to save up the money we have worked so hard to get. The temptations to spend that money are all around us and it can sometimes be challenging to see the future benefits of saving it. While saving may be more difficult than spending, there are some tips on saving that can take away at least a little of the pain of doing so.
Save money from windfalls
Windfalls of cash do not happen often to the average person, but many can claim the event has occurred at least once in their life. Take the idea of a tax return as an example; most people can relate to this because so many of us elect to have a tax return come our way at the end of the year and end up with a decent sum of money.
When that money does come in, consider banking it rather than spending it. The government and economy might benefit if you spend it, but you as an individual would be better off pocketing as much of it as you can muster. A possible exception to this rule would be if you have significant debt to pay off. Then, using a windfall to get out from debt could be equally beneficial, just remember to save the money you would have used for that debt.
Use the 24-hour rule
Is one day really too long to wait on a purchase? Not when you are using the 24-hour rule to help eliminate wasteful spending. This rule says that before you make a purchase, you must wait at least 24 hours to decide if it is really something you truly need. Establishing this rule for yourself can cut out so much of the wasteful spending many of us are prone to doing. After a single day of cooling off, many purchases will seem completely unnecessary. It can also be beneficial to carefully think about how you’ll use this item, whether it’ll make you feel good for a little bit or if it’s a long term investment.
Unsubscribe from services you do not use
If you have a cable subscription but practically never use it, why do you have cable? Likewise, if you subscribe to any other services that you honestly do not get your money’s worth out of, get rid of them. It may seem like just a few dollars here or there each month, or each year, but subscriptions can add up to serious amounts of money over time. Besides, if you are not getting the intended value out of these subscriptions, then there is really no reason to hang on to them. It is fairly easy to rid yourself of these subscriptions once you put your mind to it. Spend some time today figuring out what you can cut out.