January is coming to a close, and with it, many people’s New Year’s Resolution hopes. Each year, the top resolutions are about losing and saving: losing weight and saving money. Both can seem like daunting tasks, and although we aren’t experts on weight loss, we do know a thing or two about saving money.
Make Financial Goals
Saving for something special this year? Planning on making a major purchase or home improvement? Sending kids off to college soon? Setting goals for yourself is the first step in making a yearly savings plan. Setting a financial goal for yourself sets your destination in view and creates a timeframe to fulfill it.
Set a Budget
The most important aspect to setting a budget for a savings plan is to be reasonable and realistic. Base your budget on your income and monthly bills — and be sure to keep it flexible, if only at first. People can be overly optimistic about money before their plans are put into practice, and can become discouraged about getting on track.
Cover Small Debts First
This goes along with being realistic; smaller debts are easier to overcome than larger ones, and you don’t want to be paying more interest than you need to. Prioritize your loans into manageable payments and resolve to pay off smaller ones first.
Save for a Rainy Day
According to gobankrates.com, 36 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. No one knows what the future will bring. You best line of defense is being prepared for the worst. Start a savings account and add to it each month. Even if it’s as little as $20, it’s better than nothing. Save your change in a jar and deposit it at the end of the month, cut back on superfluous spending, turn your thermostat down a couple degrees — whatever you decide, small savings do add up, and they get you in the mindset to build a nest egg. Thesurvivalmom.com has a fantastic savings plan you can use or reformat to fit your budget.
It’s not hard to put a little money away each month — the difficult part is making a reasonable plan and achievable goals, especially a long-term plan for savings. TopLine Federal Credit Union has a ton of savings options to help you reach your goals. Our savings account rates are calculated daily to ensure you the best possible account earnings.
Don’t be another end of January statistic; start your savings off on the right foot, and by the end of the year, you’re sure to see that your dedication -— quite literally — pays off!