Your Savings ABCs
First things first: set your savings goal. Write down how much it is and when you are aiming to reach it by.
When it comes to saving, planning and research are your friend. Make sure you are registered for online banking and do some research on the apps available to make managing your money easier, like OnTrees and Money Dashboard.
Hot tip Set up a separate bank account that is only for savings. Work backwards from your goal and work out how much you can realistically transfer each month, then set up a standing order from your main account. Committing to doing this, even if it’s a small amount each month, is a great habit to get into and will help you maintain slow and steady saving.
Saving in large chunks is hard; saving bit-by-bit is much more manageable. Avoid impulse buys, follow our budgeting tips and it will gradually add up.
Hot tip Write your savings goal at one end of a piece of paper and put it on your wall. Every time money - however small the amount - goes into your separate savings account, draw it onto the piece of paper. Or if, like most of us, you look at your phone more than your walls, try an app like SavingsGoals. Seeing it add up will help keep you motivated.
The more you keep a beady eye on your money, the more you will find yourself becoming a savings master. If things are getting too off-track, don’t be afraid to change your plans or savings goal.
Hot tip Download your bank’s app to your phone and put a reminder in your calendar to check it once a week. Most apps have a ‘fast balance’ check option, so you can see how you’re doing in a matter of seconds (and before you go and spend your recent pay check on *another* pair of trainers).
Don’t be disheartened if things don’t go to plan. Just refocus for the following week or month and get back on your savings track.
You can always go back to your goal, or plan, and re-jig things to make it more manageable within your budget.Start saving
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So, you’ve decided you want to save up for driving lessons, or perhaps a holiday. Or, it might be that you don’t have a specific goal in mind but want to make it through the month worrying a little less. Whichever category you fall in to, you’re probably feeling a bit daunted by the prospect. Having money to put away each month might not seem, at first, like something you can do. But fear not: by developing good spending habits and thinking about where your money goes, you can reach your savings goals. From your Savings ABC to being thrifty with food, tech, socialising, shopping and travel, our 34 ways to save tool can help.
Following completing the tool, if you don’t yet have a savings goal in mind, why not get a head start and sign up to Money Saving Expert’s weekly saving tips email. It gives handy hints about how to save, and even money-saving vouchers. And the Money Advice Service is a brilliant one-stop-shop for all money matters.
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Please note: We’ve provided these savings tips for information purposes only. This isn't financial advice. We don’t give tax advice, so you should seek independent advice from a suitably qualified professional if you need it
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