I know I may be a Hillbilly Princess, but when it comes to saving money, I am a Queen! I love to save money, and although it seems hard for so many people it comes so easy to me! It is possible to save money on any income, I personally bring home less than $300 a week! and I manage to save money like you would not believe.
I always tell my husband I could totally write a book, I am always budgeting my money and making a plan. Ive even had friends come and ask me about how to help them budget their money and save money. So I decided to write about what I know...MONEY!
Now of course money saving will be harder for a say a single parent with a bunch of kids to feed. Seeing as how I don't have kids (but 4 dogs count as kids right?, jk i know its totally nowhere near the same thing) But saving any little bit is better than not saving any. So even if you cant save as much, any little bit will help you wonders.
Loose Change is a great way to start your saving skills. Now you wont save a ton with loose change but any little bit is extra money! This is probably to me the easiest way to save money!! I always have a change stash somewhere. I keep a change jar at work on my desk. I do this because I wont be tempted to sit and count my change out at work. It keeps from me having access to it when I'm home and tempted to dig into it. I used a basic mason jar that I spray painted and decorated.
I know its hard to not spend change when you are at the store and your change is only 6 cents. I always just give a dollar bill, because I know that the change that I receive will be saved, so I know I'm contributing to my savings. However if you do not like the thought of giving a dollar for every 13 cents you owe, I have another EASY TIP!
EXTRA TIP: The 50 Cent Rule! No its not an actual thing (to my knowledge). Anyways I go by a simple 50 cent rule sometimes if I don't feel like giving up my few dollars for a measly few cents. I keep 50 cents in my wallet for such occasions. If my change total is less then 50 cents I use the 2 quarters, if it is more, I use a dollar and get extra change back to save.
Fixing a budget is one of the most important Tips that I could stress! I budget my money so not only am I saving back what I need for bills, but I also budget out what I need to save into my savings. I am the kind of person I save more then I spend. I know that theory is hard for some people but that's how I do it. For example (and this is strictly an example and not real calculations) Let's say I make $300 a week. I budget my money where me and my husband both put bill money back from both of our checks. So after his part of the bill money hypothetically lets say I put $100 a week for bills. That leaves $200 left. I take $100 and put it back in savings. That leaves me $100 to live on for the week which is more then enough. I spend about $30-50 on groceries, because its just the two of us so we don't spend a ton. $10 a week on gas. That leaves about 40-60 left for me to live on for the week for any other necessities. As long as I try to find the best deals, that's more then enough for me. I'm not a big spender. Now for most people saving 1/3 of their check and keeping it seems crazy. But i refrain from any impulse buys and try to look at the bigger picture.
Just like with the loose change, another small difference you wont even notice is loose $1 bills! I have a container, a small metal tin, that is ideal for laying out dollar bills in. Every time I get a single 1 dollar bill, or even 3..I drop them in the tin. I keep it in a different room hidden so its not as easily accessible. Putting back dollar bills doesn't make or break you as much as saving large amounts because you wont miss that extra $2. Your savings will add up quick putting back one dollar bills here and there. If you are feeling extremely savvy you can try this with $5. Your savings will add up faster that way, however it is slightly harder to part with a 5 then it is a $1 bill.
My final tip is to hide your money. Not necessarily from other people (however that is also wise to do) but just from your easy accessibility. I leave my change at work for example. And I keep my savings put up out of my easy reach where I have to make an effort to get it. If you are as lazy as me it will make you think twice about borrowing out of it when you are on the verge of spending. If you choose to save in the bank my suggestion would be to go to a different bank, and don't get a debit card so you will have access to your savings. Then any time you want to dip into your savings you will have to get out and go all the way to a different bank and it makes it harder for you to dip into it. You can fix your check where a portion of it will automatically go into the other bank. So you wont have to worry about handling it before giving it up which makes the temptation even harder.
So basically, Save all your loose change. Budget your money to save some also. Plan out what you are saving for and how you plan to reach your goal. Save back loose bills, whether it be whenever you get a loose 1 or a loose 5. And finally hide your money, not only from everyone else but also from yourself. These tips will bring you a step closer to being money savvy and a money saving Queen like myself!!