- We trick ourselves into savings - money is deducted into a separate account that we can't touch easily. (Kelly Whalen)
- Sock away every little "extra" bit of money - they call it snowflaking. If you get a raise of $20/week, don't start spending it, just save it. You get a rebate in the mail, pay it to your savings acct. (Gina)
- I don't know if it is Emergency fund, but I have several Jars of Change I have not cashed in for about 4 years. So if I ever need cash, I know I can cash it in for some money! (my bank will do it for free) (Shannon)
- If at all possible, make it an automatic deduction from the paycheck - then you won't have a chance to spend it. (Jenn Fowler)
- Put any "found" money straight into savings. Could be from a gift, tax refund, inheritance, or side job. You can't miss what you've never had. (Kim at MMI)
These are all really great ideas, but my favorite is perhaps the most simple:
- Write yourself a bill if you have to. (Deborah)
I'm a huge fan of putting things in writing because I believe that writing something down can help you solidify your ideas and serves as a visual reminder (for example, check out this free customizable goal certificate).
I encourage you to take this concept to the next level by writing yourself a savings fund bill each month that includes: the savings amount due, the due date, and an updated balance. It doesn't matter if you create something on the computer or just scribble the bill on a piece of scrap paper. The important thing is that you get into the habit of paying yourself.
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