It is possible to save money on a Low income. Some simple changes can do the trick.
We all want to save money but sometimes we feel that we don’t have enough for our basic needs let alone saving any money. But the best part is that with little changes in our lifestyle, we can save some money.
Spend your money only on your needs, your budget will take care of itself.
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We read news about rich people going bankrupt. Why this happens? Because their wants grow bigger than their earning potential and they don’t make wise decisions about money. They think that money will always come to us. But this is not the case. Everybody has a lifespan and earning lifespan is shorter.
The best time to make wise decisions about money is now. Now is the time when you have money coming to your accounts. Don’t spend it on things you don’t need.
If you don’t pay attention to your shopping, you will blow your money. And if money is not taken care of, it just flies (without wings)
If you feel like you are on a very tight budget, you can earn some extra money to start building your savings. Start from Emergency fund. It will give you a cushion and a sense of security. In the meantime you can start doing some surveys which can earn you money easily.
Lifestyle changes you need to save money on low income
1. Open a saver account in bank.
Wherever you have whatever you do, the first step of saving money is to open a saving account. This will help you put any saved money on side. Don’t think that you will save after spending on everything. Instead save first and then spend.
Automate your savings. Plan according to your minimum savings. Make a goal for savings and plan your saving according to that. Bank accounts have this facility and if you do internet banking you can set up this yourself.
2. Tackle high interest bad debt first
If you have high interest rate debt, before saving any penny, you should pay off that debt. This will reduce your monthly payments to spare some money for saving. This can have huge impact on your financial condition. Paying off any high interest rate debt gives you money to save. I know it is difficult to pay off debt when you are already on very low income. This can be managed by earning more.
You can start some side hustle according to your skills, hobbies or expertise or you can start taking online surveys.
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2. Save on clothes and dresses
Saving on clothes is so important. Don’t buy clothes on impulse, only buy when needed, otherwise you will just increase the load of your wardrobe. Also don’t buy too expensive clothes because after sometime most of us gets bored from old clothes.
It is better to buy clothes while needed and under the budget. Money saved in your bank account will give you more happiness then the clothes in your closet, guaranteed. You can also use cashback sites to make your purchases.
3. Save on home loans
Shop for home loans. And go with the lowest interest rate.Sometimes you have to pay for other services even if you get lower interest rates. It is better to pay attention to all the aspects of home loans.
Shop for insurance on home. Go to different insuring agencies and pick the one which will give you the best deal. Sometimes insurance is costly and the extra benefits for which they charge us are not required. You can really save on home insurance if you shop for it with saving mindset. We have a very good plan from our mortgage provider.
When I compared it to others, I felt it is much cheaper than others.
4.Negotiate better interest rates
Talk to financial institutions you are customer with for any reduction in interest rates as this could save you some money. Do your home work and give them a call and tell them that you think that the interest rate you are paying is lot higher than you should pay. Ask for a lower interest rate if they refuse, talk to their managers or if nothing happens, ask for the reason.
If they tell you that your credit score is not good enough, you should try to improve that and then try again. Or try after your situation improves after sometime.
5. Save on utilities
It is too important to save on utility bills. Prices for electricity, gas and water have skyrocketed.It is important to pay attention while using these. Never keep your lights on. Always keep your plugs out of sockets while not in use. Make it a habit to check lights or plugs and switch them off while going out.
Never keep microwave, laptop, TV sets and other gadgets on while not in use. It feels like very little savings but will add up to big savings in a year.Always check for switched on plugs while going out.
Save on water
Yes water is costly too. It is becoming a scarce commodity and is required for life. So instead of wasting it without thinking, save it. Water saving will save earth as well as money. Do your laundry one in a week. Don’t throw your clothes in laundry bag if it can be worn again.
Take two minute shower. I have seen my mother how fast she is while having shower. I would see her going and then coming just in few minutes. Sometimes I have to ask her whether she has taken shower or have to go yet. So one more money saving tactic which I learned from her.
Save on gas bills
Use gas conservatively. Cook in bulk, if your heating system is on gas, keep the thermostat lower and keep your house insulated properly.
6. Start earning more to get out of debt when you are broke
This is the most crucial step if you are in a very tight financial position. Internet has made it possible to earn some money as a side hustle even if you don’t want to go out to work more. Start doing surveys because it is really easy to make some money. And if you are on a tight budget, earning extra money gives you some money to make extra money. I am building my emergency fund from the extra money I get from surveys.
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7. Buy used things
Sometimes we don’t feel comfortable with used things.But I have seen some people who saves a lot on used things. Specially furniture,cars, and gadgets. I myself bought a refurbished hp Elite book in 350 dollars when my old laptop broke. And believe me I am more than happy with this decision.
Otherwise I had to shell out may be about 2000 dollars. And it is working nicely.I am having this since 2 years. Even if it will break now,I will not have any remorse or regret. My earlier PC stopped working after sometime.
Cars are expensive too and will drain your wallet but sometimes you can get very good deal if you pay attention.
8. Pay your credit cards
Credit cards are so enticing that if you fall for it , it will drain your money and you will not even notice.Only your account would be empty.The best practice is to avoid credit cards on each and every cost .If you have them either keep them on the safe place or if you use them use wisely.
Never take the money out of credit cards it costs a lot.If you want to use it use only for spending and pay them on weekly basis.I learned this from my broker. He told us that he pay his credit card every Friday night.He said that he checks the spending from credit card weekly and pay it on regular basis. This is a good strategy.
9. Health Insurance
Even if you have private health insurance , it is good to go to public hospitals.Private hospitals will leave with you huge amounts of money even after payments from insurance companies.
10.Watch movies at home
Instead of going out for watching movies, it is better to watch them at home. If you go out for a movie , it costs you nearly 60 dollars for 2 people. ( Just an estimate according to my city) on weekends. Either watch it on weekdays. Tickets cost less on weekdays. And go after having a meal. You will save money on popcorn or cold drinks. Take water with you and you will save a lot.
I didn’t watched any movie in theatre for a very long time but I didn’t missed it.
11. Make your coffee at home
It is better to make your coffee at home.Coffee is costly.If you will buy a small cup of coffee everyday , it will cost you around 2.50 dollars daily ( an estimate)and if you buy 20 cups in a month, it will turn out to be 50 dollars and 600 dollars a year. Lot of money. At home your coffee will not be this costly.
12. Cook at home
Cooking home meals is healthy and also cost effective.Think about this way how restaurant owners have to make money after shelling out the salaries of all the staff.Customers have to pay for all this.Best strategy dont go out often and instead of buying lunch every day from outside, take home made lunch with you.
13. Sell your extra stuff
Sell your extra stuff either on garage sales or on websites like Ebay or Gumtree. Gumtree is good for local selling.One of my friend recently sold a toy car which she got as present on her daughters birthday. She got 2 same gifts. She sold one.It was totally new and sold on a reduced rice from the store. It was an expensive toy and she made good money.
14. Dream about saving
YES dream about saving. Have savings always in your mind. Make it your passion along with your other passions.You spend lot of waking time earning money. Either in the jobs which you don’t like or you spend time growing your small business. It is best to save money than giving to somebody buying things which you will never use.
Having hard earned money with you or investing in something which is risk free and give return is the best practice. Once you will make saving money your dream and will be into habit of saving money , your life will be better.Because when you have saved money you always have a sense of security and peace inside.
15. Make a saving attitude
This is most important. Because if you will not change your attitude about money, it will be very difficult to save.When I think about my parents, I get the picture. My father was never into money saving. But my mother saved each and every penny she could.
I never saw lot of stuff which is not required at home. She never bought too many clothes. Just the needed. Their whole life my father was a sole earner. Also he had a spending attitude. In-spite of this my mother was able to save money for house, they bought a property.This happened due to her saving attitude.
Points to remember
- Open a saving account
- Save on utilities
- Sell your clutter
- Dream of saving money
- Have money saving attitude
- Don’t keep credit cards or pay on time
- Save on home loans and home insurance
If you save your money and have some tricks please share them in comments. I will be very happy to know.
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