How Can You Save Money for Unexpected Events or Other Purposes?

By: Devora Witts

Having savings makes things a lot easier. If you have unexpected expenses or you want to make an important purchase it is always better to have some money set aside for such events in order to avoid getting deep into debt without a good reason. Taking a closer look at your budget and controlling your expenses can contribute to having your income stay over your spending.

Cutting Unnecessary Expenses

If you come to think about it, there are many expenses that are completely superfluous. You just need to take a look in your kitchen to find many things you will never eat and will end up throwing away or look in the deposit or attic and you will find many things you have bought that you never use.

A good habit is to prepare a list of things you need from the supermarket or mall before going. Then, when you are in the supermarket, follow the list and stick to it. If necessary, at the top of the list write a legend like: "Do not buy anything that is not on this list". You can not begin to imagine how much money you can save by doing that. You will avoid throwing away thousands of dollars over the year.

Are you actually going to the gym? Why pay a monthly installment for not using the facilities? If you decide to do some exercise, running in the park is a lot nicer experience than doing the same thing on a machine and it is a lot cheaper. Even if you want to exercise in a gym, unless you do it regularly, it might be cheaper just to pay the fee only the days you actually attend.

Summing up, think of all the things you do on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis and find ways to reducing the amount of money you spend on non essential expenses. It does not matter how small the savings are, everything adds up to an overall saving and most importantly, it generates a habit of being watchful with your expenses.

Try To Reduce The Amount You Spend On Interests

If you are in debt, see if you can consolidate your unsecured debt (personal loans, credit card balances, etc.) with a consolidation loan. Request a consolidation loan and use the money to pay off the outstanding debt. The amount of money you spend every month on interests will be greatly reduced and you may destine it to other purposes.

Have you thought about refinancing your home loan? Perhaps, the interest rate charged for home loans has been reduced since you requested your mortgage loan. If that is the case, you could refinance your home loan and save thousands of dollars over the life of the loan or even get an extension on the loan term and lower your monthly payments for the same sum than the previous loan. You will then be able to save the extra money every month to build a contingency amount.

Try to stick to Credit Cards that do not charge too many interests for financing, even if the credit limit is a bit lower. You should not finance yourself with your credit card. Use it just for everyday expenses you will otherwise pay in cash. If you need finance, it is better to take a personal loan which will imply lower interest rates, more flexible repayment programs and fixed monthly payments that are easier to control.

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