If you’re not fighting financial fires right now, you might be in a position to boost your savings efforts and reach your goals sooner rather than later. Whether you’re saving for a rainy day, a big purchase or just a treat, these 5 tips should speed things up.
1. Press pause on non-essentials.
Most of us haven’t been able to indulge in the luxury of eating out, going to the cinema or going on holiday. It can be hard not doing the things you love, but there is an opportunity to create your own silver lining. Now is a great time to re-visit your budget to see where you can cut back on non-essential expenses and use that money to boost your savings. Remember that these sacrifices are likely to be temporary. Going slimline on your spending while you can, could bring significant benefits to your savings.
2. Become a conscious shopper.
Feeling bored, lonely or anxious are feelings that most of us try to avoid. The internet, readily available at our fingertips, provides the perfect distraction. But whilst panic buying or online shopping can make you feel better in the short term, it can have a negative impact on your budget. Do you really need all of the things you are buying? Are there other ways to feel better? Taking the time to stop and think about every purchase you make will reduce the risk of over-spending.
3. Make your goals visible.
We often spend on autopilot, especially when making lower value purchases. Our long-term goals are far from our minds. Whether your goal is to start a family, buy a car or start a business, keeping your big goals top of mind is a great way to motivate yourself to spend less and save more. That could mean writing your goals down on a post-it or putting photos up on the fridge, for example. These constant reminders will help to keep you focused on the long term.
We know visible signs of progress are proven to help us form positive habits. Use an app to track your savings, write down your monthly savings in a notebook – or whatever works for you.
4. Use leftover money to pay down debt.
Paying down your debts might not be the most appealing way to spend the money you’ve saved, but it could save you more dollars in interest over the long term. Bear in mind that using your leftover money to pay off debt means that you won’t be able to access your money. If you don’t have emergency savings to fall back on, boosting your savings instead might be a sensible option.
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