Suggestions On Building A Savings And Keeping It Full

Author: Beth Bahr

Suggestions on building a savings and keeping it full

Savings are used for a variety of applications from preparing for a tropical getaway to putting away funds for your child's education or your personal retirement. Having a savings account is an important aspect of planning for future expenditures but is also recommended in case of an emergency. Some experts suggest having a savings that is equivalent to three months salary. Therefore, it is helpful to know how to build your savings without currently placing a financial burden on yourself or your family.

Chase Bank recommends that you set goals for your savings that you can meet by set time. While your long and short term goals can be different, having a set time frame that you aim to reach will help motivate you to build the savings you need. After creating goals and time frames, set a budget and stick to it. Chase explains that you must be prepared to alter your current spending habits in order to meet your goals.

You may be wondering how much of your income you should be putting into a savings account. Chase suggest saving five percent of your income every paycheck at least until expenses, such as credit cards, are paid and you reach your goals.

Once you have reached your goals, do not stop paying into your savings. You are already use to budgeting for the expense anyway. A financial planner, Morris Armstrong, offers some sound advise to Bank Rate on increasing savings.

"If you determine you need $3,000 in the fund, look at what you can afford to save each month and use it as a bill to pay yourself. If it's $100 a month, that's fine. Put it away and let it grow. When you've saved the $3,000 you'll be in the habit of putting away that $50 or $100 a month. Keep doing it. Maybe put it in a non-retirement brokerage account," explains Armstrong. 

In Brief

  • Savings are used for a variety of applications from preparing for a tropical getaway to putting away funds for your child's education or your personal retirement.
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