Many of us would like to boost our savings. It can give us a real feeling of security to know that we have lots of money tucked away so if there is an emergency where we suddenly need a lot of money it will be there for us. However, it is not always that easy to find the money to put into an account, or to find the motivation to save it rather than spend it. There are things that you can do to make it easier.
Have a goal
It can really help with motivation if you have a clear aim with regards to your savings. You need to think about the reasons why you want more savings. Perhaps you have been in the situation where you needed money and did not have enough or you want to save up for something specific, you want enough to pay off some loans or you just want the peace of mind that you have some money behind you. All of these are great reasons for saving and you might have alternatives as well or instead. Note down what your reasoning is. This is important, writing it down as well as thinking it. Then you can put it somewhere where you will see it. Perhaps on a mirror, fridge or something like that so that you can see it frequently. It will be a constant reminder which means that you will never forget why you are working so hard to increase how much you are saving.
Target how much you will save
It is useful to think about how much you are going to save. You want to think about how much you want in total as well as how much you want to put in your savings account and how often. It might be that you want to just put a few pounds a week or that you want to put in a bigger chunk less often. At this point think about what you want to do without worrying about how you will achieve it. It is best to set the goal first and then work out how you will put it into practice once you have set it. If you try to work out how you will find the money first, it can make you feel negative about it and you might give up before you start.
Identify where the money will come from
Once you have the goal, then you will be able to think about how you are going to achieve it. You will need to find the money from somewhere and you will need to identify where. It might be that you tend to have money left over on payday anyway and you can use that. However, many of us are not in that situation. Therefore, you may need to think of things that you can do to make some money available. The first thing can be to think about whether you can reduce what you spend. Many people worry about this and do not want to change what they spend as they think that they will have to deprive themselves of things that they want or like. However, there are ways to save money without doing this. You could buy cheaper items, you could cut out buying things that you do not really use very much or buy certain things less often. By switching utility suppliers, cancelling a magazine subscription and gym membership you do not use and comparing food prices before you buy, you could find that you will save a significant amount of money. You could also make extra money by working more hours, selling things you own, renting out rooms or other things. It is good to think about ways that you can spend less and earn more and added together you should be able to free up some money that you will be able to put in your savings account.
Set up a direct debit
It can always be wise to set up a direct debit so that the money is paid into your account automatically. If you do not do this then there is either a chance that you might forget or you might think of an excuse not to do it. It is best to set it up so that the money is transferred when you get paid and then there will be the money there to do it. If you wait until later after you get paid, you could find that there will not be the money available to do it. You will then need to be careful during the month to make sure that you budget carefully so that you do not end up spending more money than you can afford. Regularly check your balance and make sure that you are aware of when your payments are due so that you can be sure that you do not spend the money on other things. It takes a bit of getting used to, but is worth it as you will always have enough money to manage and you will manage to save.