SAVING MONEY IS AN IMPORTANT FINANCIAL HABIT

by | Jul 1, 2023

Saving money is an important financial habit that can provide security and stability for the future.

While it may be challenging to save when you’re facing financial difficulties or constraints, there are still strategies you can employ to build your savings even in such situations. Here are some tips to save for when you’re not able to save:

  1. Start small: Begin by setting aside a small amount of money regularly, even if it’s just a few dollars or whatever you can afford. Every little bit counts, and it establishes the habit of saving. RWM provide for those small beginnings with our R200 per month Unit Trust Investment plans.
  2. Create a budget: Develop a budget to track your income and expenses. Analyse your spending patterns and identify areas where you can cut back. By being mindful of your expenses, you can allocate more money towards savings. Our RWM wealth managers can assist with a basic budget template.
  3. Prioritize savings: Make savings a priority in your budget. Treat it as an essential expense and allocate a specific portion of your income towards savings before spending on non-essential items. Keep that savings at arm’s length, it should not be as easy as pressing 2 buttons on your banking app to access the savings.
  4. Automate savings: Set up an automatic transfer or debit order from your checking/savings account to a separate unit trust account. This way, a predetermined amount will be saved every month without you having to remember or manually transfer the funds.
  5. Reduce discretionary spending: Evaluate your discretionary expenses such as eating out, entertainment, or impulse purchases. Look for ways to minimize these expenses and redirect the saved money into your savings.
  6. Cut back on non-essential services: Review your subscriptions, memberships, phone contracts, short term insurance, or other recurring expenses. Consider cancelling some non- critical items or downsizing those that you can live without. The money saved can be put towards your savings. We can assist with a review of your short-term insurance costs.
  7. Generate additional income: Explore opportunities to increase your income, such as taking on a side job, freelancing, or monetizing a skill or hobby. The extra money earned can be dedicated to savings.
  8. Minimize debt: Focus on reducing high-interest debts like credit cards or personal loans. By minimizing debt, you can free up more money to save in the future.
  9. Seek financial assistance if needed: If you’re facing significant financial challenges, reach out to our Wealth Managers who can point you in the right direction. They may be able to offer guidance, support, or other solutions to help you stabilize your situation and save for the future.

Remember, even if you can only save a small amount now, the key is to develop a saving habit and gradually increase your savings as your financial situation improves. It’s never too late to start saving, and any amount you set aside today will contribute to your financial well-being in the long run.

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