It doesn’t matter what yearly income you have. Saving money on everyday purchases should always be a priority. Even more so, when you are running on a tight budget. Saving money does not come easily. In many cases, people are not able to save and even spend more than they earn.
While of course there are situations when you are spending more than your income is, due to the high costs of living or other unexpected costs (family matters, health issues…). There is a notable number of people who are taking loans to buy things they don’t really need.
The problem is that this behavior does not change even when you get more money. It becomes a character trait that spirals your financial situation deeper and deeper “down below”.
It can be assumed that saving money when you have a lot is easier, and it is true to some extent. I fully agree that saving money on a tight budget is tougher, but you have to start there. Or at least in most cases, people start small and through their life, they are able to accumulate more wealth.
But you have to start somewhere right?
It is always the first step that you must do. In many cases that is the only thing that stands between you and a cash cushion that helps you sleep better at night.
There is another catch though… It is not enough to just start, you have to be consistent about saving money. That is the key element.
You just have to keep it up. You will always save after your payday. So you have to be diligent 12 times a year. But in order for your money to be still there, you have to be quite frugal every day and also explore how to get free money.
Think about putting the saved money on a separate account which does not check all the time. Definitely put on account with no direct access to debit cards. Make the road to your saved money a little bit harder, so you can not spend it at the first turn.
Because the more money you will manage to save, the more you will start thinking of what to buy with it. Many opportunities will suddenly come around, trying to get that money away from you.
At those moments always keep in mind how long it took to get to this number and what the feeling of that saved money gives you. Usually, after it, you will not want to give it away to easily.
Saving money, like many other things, must become a part of your life. Like second nature. Habits are starting to form after 30 days. It does not seem like much, considering how big of an impact it may have on your life.
The sooner you start, the more you will save. Bigger savings will allow you to repay debt and invest. Pushing your financial future higher and higher.
Salman Zafar is an ecopreneur, consultant, advisor, speaker and journalist with expertise in waste management, waste-to-energy, renewable energy, environment protection, conservation and sustainable development. His geographical areas of focus include Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe. Salman is the Founder of EcoMENA, a popular voluntary organization based in Qatar. He is also the Founder and CEO of BioEnergy Consult, a reputed consulting firm active in biomass, waste-to-energy and waste management segments.
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