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Tips For Increasing Your Savings

Updated on May 15, 2011

If you are like most people then you live paycheck to paycheck. It doesn't have to be this way though and if you can start regularly putting money into your savings account each month then you can break this habit. Yes, I know it is easier said than done, but I have lots of ideas to help you increase your savings - without even missing the money.

Most employers use direct deposit to pay their employees. The chances are good that if you have a set dollar amount deposited directly into your savings account each pay period that you won't even miss it. You can start small and then build it up over time so that you get used to it. Another idea is to start the deposit when you get a raise. Then you really won't miss the money, but yet your savings account will grow and be a cushion for emergencies or help fund a need or want that you otherwise would not have had the money for.

Do you have a plan for your money? Otherwise known as a budget this plan will help you know exactly where your money is going. If you budget $100 for gas purchase this pay period and you end up only spending $90, transfer the extra $10 to your savings account. At the end of each pay period you can compare what you spent with what you budgeted and transfer any remaining money to savings. An alternative is to decide a set minimum to keep in your checking account. At the end of each pay period, before the next check, you can just transfer anything above the minimum you prefer to keep available. This would be less time consuming I think.

If you pay for things with cash then you should save your change. I am always amazed at how fast my lose change adds up each month. We have a jar we keep it all in and once every month or so we roll it and deposit it into our savings.

Have you analyzed your utility bills lately? If not, take an hour and contact companies like your phone, cable, internet or electric company and see if you can negotiate a lower rate. Many companies will offer a lower rate (sometimes temporarily) just because you asked. Our heating bill (we are on a budget billing plan) recently was lowered by $49. Over the course of the year that is almost $600 extra in our savings account. Even if you can get just one bill lowered by $10 a month that equals $120 a year that you can now put into your savings account.

Do you get bonuses, tax refunds, rebates, monetary gifts or other extra money? Make a plan to put a percentage of this type of extra money directly into your savings account. I won't tell you to put it all there, but even if you just put 10% into your savings it would really add up each year.

Most financial gurus will tell you to have your savings set up on automatic deposit and that you should always pay yourself first and to put money into savings each month. Of course this is ideal, but there are so many other ways to add money to your savings account. Things I have mentioned here are often overlooked and when they do occur people consider it as more money they can spend each month, rather than more money to save each month. Change your mindset and start looking for little ways that you can save money throughout the month and year and I guarantee you will be amazed at how fast it adds up.

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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Once again, excellent advice, and not that difficult to put into practice. I joined a savings bond program, years ago, in my first real job, and after 8 years had about $17,000 in savings bonds, enough for a down payment on a house.

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      Editor (Peter) 5 years ago

      Hi Jennifer, I'm pretty bad with budgeting and so on but trying to get my head around it. Thanks for the advice on savings.

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      Earth Angel 5 years ago

      Great advice again Jennifer!

      I just analyzed my utility bills two weeks ago and was amazed at how much the utility companies would lower my rates just by asking! GREAT advice!

      Blessings to you, yours and your growing savings account! Earth Angel!

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      Nice ideas but saving only wont go much far. You have to take risk and invest in equity or high return areas, even it means loss. So as the author says in book Rich Dad Poor Dad, you have to invest an amount from your pay before you use rest for your living.

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      fucsia 5 years ago

      Great advice Jennifer! Thank you for sharing.

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      dialogue 5 years ago

      Hey Jennifer, good advice. thanks for this awesome hub.

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      Folorunsh Joshua 5 years ago from NIGER STATE, NIGERIA

      Thanks for the advice,i will try to apply the the method you analyses.

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      Karen Metz 5 years ago from Michigan

      I love saving my change! Anytime I pay with cash and there is change left over, I do not spend it. I started each of my kids a savings acount with the money and I have 7 children! Now the kids and I are saving our change to be able to take a vacation to Disney World. It is a great way of teaching them to save "and" not rely on credit to buy anything.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You're tips sound like winners. I try to budget a little higher than I think the bill might be. That way it's a pleasant surprize when I have a little left over.

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      shanaya 5 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

      Dear Jennifer Ma'am! Very nice and worth getting book marked HUB.

      Keep up the good work

      LOTS OF LOVE

      SHANAYA

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      Cloud 5 years ago

      thanks for this tips

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      alvinalex 5 years ago

      Interesting Tips! I am also love saving my change. Thanks for sharing.

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      Carolina Dursina 5 years ago from Spring Green WI

      Great advice, you are the one to make things happen!

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      Angelique Newman 5 years ago from Canada

      Another wonderful hub Jennifer! I voted it up and marked it useful :) thanks for sharing.

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      Miss Paula 5 years ago

      THANKS FOR THE TIPS DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD DO SOME OF THE THINGS YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT,BUT GOING TO GIVE IT A TRY ABOUT THE BILLS GETTING LOWERED. THANKS AGAIN

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      C-Bless 5 years ago from Canada

      Great info as always. Much thanks for sharing ...

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      LULU SUE1987 5 years ago

      I have been trying to put 10 per week away for mad money.

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