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7 Saving Tricks You Haven’t Tried Yet

7 Saving Tricks You Haven’t Tried Yet

The vast inter webs, your parents, and that guy smiling smugly from the latest hit finance book are chocked full of advice to help you save your hard-earned dollars. With information flowing in from every corner, it can quickly start to feel like you’ve tried everything.

Still not seeing your savings add up the way you want them to? Keep up the good fight and try these.

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1. Play keep away, with yourself.

Divert part of your paycheck directly into your savings account.  Some employers allow pay checks to be deposited into multiple accounts. If yours does, designate a sustainable percentage to go to savings. Not sure what you can reasonably put aside? Start with a set amount, such as $50 (the minimum to open an account at many banks) or even $100. At the end of your pay period, evaluate how much, if at all, you miss that amount. Can you increase it? Dedicate raises and bonuses directly to savings.

2. Adjust your withholding.

“Withholding” is just that—money automatically deducted from your paycheck to pay taxes owed the federal government. If the amount withheld each paycheck is correct, you should not have to pay taxes at the end of the year. Adjust your withholdings every time a major life event occurs, such as a birth or death, marriage or divorce, or starting a new job.

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3. Make a public declaration.

Who is the most lovingly critical person in your life? Who is the person who both cares for and nags you? Tell that person that you are dedicated to saving money; tell them why, and tell them how much. This person will likely voice their disapproval when you shop or spend unnecessarily; let them, and appreciate their function.

4. Get competitive with your crew.

It takes a village to do a lot of things, and a strong community can help you keep your savings initiative on track. Recruit your closest friends to form a savings club. Develop a reading list, create a list of discount warehouses to watch for sales, team up to buy in bulk, and anything else that will help each member. Feeling shy about publicly acknowledging financial woes? Don’t be—everyone struggles, for different reasons. You are among friends, and you can help each other. Need even more motivation? Start teaching your kids about spending. Nothing passes a child’s eye, and the pressure you feel to set a good example will motivate you to save and spark instructive dialogue, to boot.

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5. Pay your car loan, forever.

Finally paid off that vehicle, student loan, or personal debt? Congratulations! Wondering what you’ll do with that chunk of change that used to go to your bill? Keep paying it—to yourself. You were getting by just fine when that money went to someone else. You’ll do just fine now, putting the money directly into savings. Added benefit—hefty savings mean you may not have to take a loan like the one(s) you paid off, ever. Now that feels good!

6. Stay focused.

Saving for something specific? Keep your eye on the prize, literally, by placing photos of the items or notes with a key word on your wallet and near your computer. Tempted to peruse the world wide web for some spontaneous, pajama-clad retail therapy? Halt! Take a look at the picture—what you’re saving for is much more satisfying than any spontaneous purchase.

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7. Work more.

There are two sides to the savings coin. One is to save more; the other is to earn more. The basics are tried and true ways to succeed. Pick up a part time job, freelance gig, or duties, like a neighborhood dog walker/babysitter/handyman, and put all that you earn directly into savings.

Ready to start saving? Check out these 5 Quick and Dirty Hacks to Save Money in 2014.

Featured photo credit: Ken Wilcox via flickr.com

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Published on July 4, 2018

Top 10 Recommendations on Money Management Apps

Top 10 Recommendations on Money Management Apps

Don’t want to overspend your budget, swipe your credit card too many times, and feel like a financial mess? Instead of beating yourself up for the bad financial decisions you’ve ever made, create a new plan!

The solution is simple, save more and spend less. But, we all know it’s easier said than done.

One problem is finding quality apps that save you time and money, and aren’t just hype.

Luckily, there’re many great money management apps available at your fingertips. Here are 10 reliable money management apps that can help you save money, and crush debt.

1. Personal Capital

    When was the last time you’ve tracked your net worth? Probably months ago or maybe never. Personal Capital allows you to easily track your net worth and plan for retirement.

    Here are some of its main features:

    • Sync many investment accounts, and expenses (mortgage, credit cards, etc.) in one place
    • Discover hidden fees and how much they’re affecting your retirement plan
    • Wealth management for investors requiring a long-term strategy

    With Personal you’re free to track your expenses and net worth.

    Available for: iOS and Android

    2. Mint

      If your smartphone could only install a few apps, Mint would be one of them. Why? Because Mint tracks all your balances and bills in one place.

      Here are some of its main features:

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      • Effortlessly track all your bills and balances in one dashboard
      • Categorized expenses to understand where you spend your money
      • Uncover hidden fees, and determine your investment style with sophisticated retirement tools.

      Feel at ease with managing your money by a reputable company that isn’t going anywhere.

      Available for: iOS and Android

      3. YNAB

        Everyone needs a budget, there’s no way around it. YNAB (You Need A Budget) is an easy to use app that will change the way you think about money. Their motto is to “give every dollar a job”, and you’ll quickly discover why.

        Here are some of its main features:

        • Easily sync all bank accounts in one place
        • Visually see your debt paying progress with eye-catching charts and notifications
        • Customized categories setting saving goals

        The best part about YNAB is the community that comes along with it. You can hop on the YNAB forum to receive support, listen to the YNAB Podcast or stay tuned for their weekly videos.

        Available for: iOS and Android

        4. Wealthfront

          Albert Einstein once said “compound interest is the eight wonder in the world”, and for a very good reason. The problem is, most people are scared or unwilling to learn the basics of investing. This is why Wealthfront is the perfect solution for the hands-off investors.

          Here are some of its main features:

          • Variety of investment account options including IRA, Roth IRA, and more
          • Your portfolio composed of 7 different asset classes
          • Automatically rebalanced portfolio
          • Daily tax loss harvesting

          Wealthfront is perfect for people requiring investment guidance, or prefer a hands-off solution.

          Available for: iOS and Android

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          5. Clarity Money

            If you’re staying on top of your budget but want to take your finances to the next level, Clarity Money can help you. Clarity Money helps you stay under budget and build a personalized savings plan.

            Here are some of its main features:

            • Easily cancel subscriptions with one click
            • Synchronize bank accounts fast
            • Transfer money effortlessly between different accounts

            Clarity Money isn’t an app that does it all. But, it does make transferring money and canceling subscriptions fast and efficient.

            Available for: iOS and Android

            6. Acorns

              What if there was a way to quickly gain confidence in investing your money, without too much risk? There is, and Acorns is your solution. With Acorns’s technology, you’re able to make investments as small as $5.

              Here are some of its main features:

              • Automatic contribution option
              • Customized portfolio tailored to your needs
              • Low management fees ranging from $1-$2 per month

              Stop wasting dollars on expensive coffee. Instead, invest them towards a brighter financial future.

              Available for: iOS and Android

              7. Albert

                Do you budget by only subtracting your expenses from your income? If so, how would you discover any overpayments or extra money you could save? This is where Albert shines, and it does it all free.

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                Here are some of its main features:

                • Receive notifications for overpayments, hidden fees, and low balances
                • An Automatic budget that’s built around your spending and income
                • Easily track debt and set new financial goals

                While Albert does offer a paid option, most of its core features are FREE. So, what better option to save?

                Available for: iOS

                8. Prism

                  Have you recently forgot to pay a bill because life got in the way? Prism automatically tracks your bills and syncs your bank accounts in one place.

                  Here are some of its main features:

                  • View all your account balances in one glance
                  • Bill due dates are automatically pulled and tracked
                  • Receive early reminders for upcoming bills

                  If your budget is on “fleek” but can’t seem to stay on top of your bills, Prism is your go-to app.

                  Available for: iOS, Android, Windows, Amazon

                  9. Mvelopes

                    Remember hearing about people using envelopes to budget their money? Well, Mvelopes is the new envelope system for this generation. Easily create monthly budgets and track your saving goals.

                    Here are some of its main features:

                    • Connect unlimited bank accounts
                    • Real-time budgeting with auto transaction syncing
                    • Low monthly $4 fee or $40 annual

                    Mvelopes can help you crush debt, save more, and help you stop overspending. With its low monthly fee, it’s worth a try.

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                    Available for: iOS and Android

                    10. Wallaby

                      Most people don’t have time to track their credit card’s changing rewards and interest rates. Because of this, you need help reaping the most of your credit card’s rewards. Wallaby is the app that will help you do just that.

                      Here are some of its main features:

                      • Automatic recommendations for the best credit card to use for each transaction
                      • A friendly user interface, displaying credit cards with their corresponding images
                      • Free to use

                      If you’re using the same credit card to make your purchases, you may be leaving money on the table. Give Wallaby a try if you’re ready to maximize your credit card’s rewards.

                      Available for: iOS and Android

                      Take control of your finances and experience financial freedom

                      Picture yourself staying on budget and saving more money than you’d ever imagined.

                      It took hard work and dedication but you’d finally learned how to manage your money. You have to start taking control of your spending and saving habits.

                      You now have a list of reliable apps that can help you build better money habits, what are you waiting for?

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