How I Started Saving

Posted by Fitz Villafuerte under Guest Posts, Money Saving Tips on February 15, 2010

I know a lot of people considered “To save more money this year” as their resolution for 2010.

A month and a half into the year, how has it been? I hope you’re doing fine with your plan.

To inspire and give you some tips, here is Raine, our guest blogger for today, telling you her story on how she started saving.

Below, she shares her three strategies on how she was able to curb her spending and kept the money flowing into her savings. Let’s now read her story.

I used to be a reckless spender, with no budget and mountains of debt. It’s taken me a long time, but I’ve finally gotten better at saving money. Here are three things that helped me save better and get back on track.

At the top of the list, I paid myself first.

That means that I took 10% off the top of every paycheck and put it into a savings account. You have to do it right away; if it’s left to your discretion, or done a few days after you’re paid, you’ll never stick with it and you won’t save like you need to.

I know it seems counterintuitive to start with less money every pay period, but trust me: After a while, you won’t miss it. Plan your monthly budget using the 90% of your check that you keep, and everything will work out.

It’s important that the saved 10% go into a savings account and not just a supplementary checking account. The point is to ignore the money and put it toward the future, when you’ll need it for something you don’t even know about yet.

Second, I reduced my discretionary spending (things like DVDs and music purchases) and put the cash toward paying down debt.

I never realized how much I was spending on needless junk until I started using the money for something productive. My advice: Tackle the smallest debt first, and then move onto larger ones in a “snowball method”.

Third, I budgeted.

I made a list of every income source and every expenditure or bill for the month, and realized I could no longer go on living check-to-check with such a thin margin between what I made and what I spent.

I realized that, while an occasional night on the town was fun and could provide a nice break, I didn’t need to keep going to restaurants and bars when I could stay in. You’d be amazed at how easy it is to be fulfilled by spending less.

Those are three things that worked for me, but there are more ways out there to save a few dollars and cut down on your spending. With a little hard work, you can start saving and see some real financial growth

This guest post is contributed by Raine Parker, who writes on the topics of online accounting degree. She welcomes your comments at her email ID: raine.parker6@gmail.com


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5 Responses to “How I Started Saving”


  1. hoshi says:

    hmmm sounds great!

  2. Pwede pala mag guest post dito. I am into investing and saving din kasi so gusto ko sanang mag guest post, haha. Another thing about saving is to really have a discipline to follow your budget kasi walang kwenta lahat ng plans kung at the end of the day maggigive in ka din sa desire mong bumili ng isang bagay. Also, have little wants and maximize your income.

  3. Bob says:

    Ang hirap mag budget at mag save if the money you earn is just enough for what you need. Discipline is recommended but it is hard to start disciplining ourselves sa savings.

  4. Maricel says:

    Saving takes commitment and discipline. It’s never easy at first. But just like everything else, once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier with each passing day. And fun, too, especially if you turn it into some sort of a game, your opponent being yourself.

  5. MD says:

    I totally agree that discipline is vital when you’re building wealth. At first like what others have said is hard but once you get used to it, it will be a habit already. You will be addicted. One way to keep you reminded of your goal is to think of you BIGGEST WHY? Why are you doing it though it’s hard and painful at times.

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