One constant thing is that adulthood comes with bills and expenses, whether expected or unexpected. You make plans on how to go about your spending in a month, settling bills, rents, and so on as well as miscellaneous expenditure.
You also struggle every month to put aside some extra money as savings, but truth be told, this is one of the toughest things to achieve as a bill-footing adult.
You might have successfully put aside some money as savings for a rainy day but more often than not, it rains the next day, and that ‘saved’ money takes care of it. This brings you back to square one, no savings.
If you have been experiencing similar circumstances, well, today is your lucky day. Being a common thing amongst people, those that have been able to come out top in this ever-raging battle with savings have shared some of the tips that made them the victor. The following are some of the tips you can use to ensure effective savings.
Follow Your Budget Strictly
You have to make a budget for yourself. You do not need special mathematical or financial knowledge to accomplish this. All you need is a simple plan.
From your monthly earnings, you must decide how much you want to save and how much you want to spend. Obviously, the amount you would pen down as the portion to be spent would be largely determined by the necessary bills and expenses you have to service monthly as well as some money aside for some unforeseen circumstances that might come up. The rest of your income then goes into your savings.
However, for this to work, you must be determined to follow the budget you make for yourself strictly and religiously.
Check Your Eating Habits
As a working adult, we all know there is a real struggle between whether to cook or not. We get home from work most times tired, too tired to enter the kitchen to start cooking. As such, we result in eating out. And the following money, we have to leave home quite early that we have no time to cook. As such, we eat out.
However, research has shown that eating out often costs as much as twice of what we would spend if we cooked at home. As a result, this often eats into our income a lot that we end up having little or nothing at all to put aside as savings. So, you need to cook more often. You could even have a home garden to produce some little vegetables like tomato and the likes. This also greatly reduces your feeding expenses.
Check Your Consumable Habits
Drinking, smoking or using any substance can contribute greatly to the draining of your budget and these habits are often of no substantial benefits. A naira here, a naira there usually amounts to millions within years or even months. If you just smoke or drink, set a limit to the amount you would spend on either monthly and do not exceed that amount, no matter the temptation.
Reduce Entertainment Bills
All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. On the other hand, everything must be done moderately. There is nothing bad in making money to go to the movies or go for a picnic or go joyriding once in a while. It is only harmful to your financial life if it is too much.
Therefore, if you notice that the expenses you spend on entertainment are becoming too much, kindly cut and resize it to a moderate amount and put the surplus up with your savings.
Other tips that you should follow include looking for effective ways to reduce your insurance costs, cheaper transports, and staying in a good but cheap environment. Also, when shopping, look for good deals that can help drive down your expenses.