So there are articles everywhere on how to save money. They explain how to save a bunch and get your debt paid off. The problem you ask? Well they always use big number like saving hundreds or thousands at once. Sometimes it is even you should save 50% of your income. Well if you are like me you don't have that kind of money. If you put that much in savings your bills would never get paid off. So what is the solution?
Well I have tried a lot of things. One thing that was useful was the envelope system. This is where you take out the exact amount of money you will spend from your pay check and label an envelope for each thing you would spend money on. For example your car loan, groceries, eating out if you intend on doing that. You only take cash out of the envelope that you intend on using it for. Once the envelope is empty you have no more money for that particular activity until you get paid again. In theory it really does work, if you can stick with it. I was able to for little while but then I found myself sneaking a dollar from this envelope to go to the other envelope and then I gave up. If you can do it then by all means go for it. Just wasn't my thing.
What did work you ask? Saving the money I already had. Didn't I just say I had none to save? Well that is the trick. First you get a jar and a savings account. Preferably find a saving that you will earn decent interest from. Then comes the easy part. Say you have a $20 and you spend say $13.75, You now have 6.25 in change. Take the $1.25 and put it in the jar. Every time you get coin or dollar bill you put it in the jar. You are less likely to miss small change than you are trying to put away a $10 each time. Then when your jar is full you take it and put it in your savings. Then the best part it is so easy. You leave it there. For me it is a little easier because I work at a bank so I can deposit mine as soon as I get them.
The beauty of this is that you don't really notice your money going because it is such a small amount at a time. I mean will you really notice that $.20 cents is not in your pocket. Most likely not. It is actually nice to not carry around loads of change. It adds up quicker than you think. Before you know it you will have saved $100 easy. Now you have options once it builds up. My advice? Leave it alone as long as you can. Although if you have saved $100 and have a bill that needs to be paid off then do it. The nice thing is what you can do with that extra money. This will be the topic of my next post.
Remember if you have ideas please share. We are in this together. You may have a suggestion that I have not even thought of. Thank you for reading and see you next time.