Build Your Savings Account – Make More, Spend Less

Build Your Savings Account – Make More, Spend Less

 

How to Save More MoneyHi Rich Mama – today we’re going back to the basics of financial planning.  It’s all about step one of your defensive plan for building a wealthy family. You have to save. You will never become wealthy – no matter how much you make – unless you are saving money! But so few actually have a regular plan for saving. That old adage that those who fail to plan, plan to fail, is never more true than where money is concerned.

 

Without a solid savings plan, chances are, you’ll never have enough money on hand to provide for your family in the event of a financial set-back. Reaching long-term financial dreams such as a secure retirement also depend on a savings plan.

 

The best way to protect your family from financial disasters is to have a plan in place to prepare for the future. Building a savings account requires learning to make more money and live on less. These two strategies will go far toward ensuring that – heaven forbid – a financial disaster strikes. Your family will be able to survive and more easily bounce back from the hardship with a firmly established savings account. A savings account will help you sleep better at night – much better than a garage worth of junk or a closet worth of shoes.

 

Let’s look at these two strategies that will help you build a savings account, and build financial security in the doing:

 

Make more money.

 

You can try and earn some extra money and put that in your savings account. Spend the rest of your money guilt free. If both you and your spouse work, this is a great test to see what would happen if one of you quit (or lost) your job. Try living only on one income.

If you’re already a one income family, you can try and earn a bit extra on the side and devote this to saving.

You can start a home-based business offering services such as lawn care, babysitting, tax preparation, sewing, baking, music lessons, or anything else you can do reasonably well. Start by talking to your friends, family, and neighbors about your new venture, then branch out when you get your business firmly established. DO NOT SPEND A LOT OF MONEY STARTING THIS BUSINESS. If your start small and only earn a hundred or two hundred bucks a month that you SAVE – pat yourself on the back.

If you like to sell, you can sign up with any number of direct sales companies. Some familiar ones are Avon, Stella and Dot,  Home Interiors, and Arbonne, just to name a few. There are hundreds more with products ranging from baby toys and books to weight loss assistance. Choose something you like, and that you believe in, and give it your best shot. Avoiding ones that have you buy a lot of inventory upfront.

 

Selling your own products or unwanted items is another way to make more money. If, like most of us, you have a garage, basement, or closets full of things you no longer want or need, turn those items into cash. Declutter your life and build a savings account at the same time. Explore online auction sites for ideas about what people are looking for and get on the bandwagon. Or just have a good old fashioned yard sale and make a commitment to put that money into your savings account.

 

You may enjoy crafting. Could you build an inventory and take those items to a local art fair or flea market? Perhaps setting up an online store would be more to your liking – try Etsy.com so you don’t have to go through the hassle of building a website from scratch.  As much as you enjoy creating things, there are even more people who enjoy buying things. Why not sell them YOUR things?

 

Spend less money.

 

Make spending less money a habit, even a challenge. See how many outfits you can make out of the clothes in the back of your closet; see how many meals you can get out of one whole chicken, etc. Put the money you would have normally spent into a savings account. Avoid eating out. One less take out dinner a week could mean a hundred dollars or more a month in your pocket – I mean savings account.

 

Coupons are an easy way to track how much money you save when you shop. Take the amount on the coupon and physically deposit that amount into a regular savings account. Nickels and dimes can add up quickly when this is done consistently.

 

Keep a small notebook and track every cent you spend. Within a week, you’ll notice a pattern of unnecessary expenditures. Eliminate that gourmet coffee on the way to work and replace it with a home-brewed alternative. Fill a reusable bottle with filtered water out of your own tap instead of buying bottled water. Make your lunch at home. Whatever you save over the weeks, take that money and stick it into your savings account.

 

Eliminate luxuries in order to build your savings even faster. Find a cheaper hair salon, go a little longer between cuts. Do you own nails.  Go to the library for books and moves.

Whatever you choose to do, however you choose to save, start today. Put aside a little money from every paycheck, spend less, and earn more so you can build a savings account to protect your family in the event of a financial disaster. You need a buffer against layoff, recession, depression, or long-term illness to ensure your family’s security.

How to Get Life Insurance on the Cheap

How to Get Life Insurance on the Cheap

As a parent you may be wondering how to get life insurance?  Life insurance is mandatory for your family’s financial security. However, in today’s financial climate, it’s smart to reduce budget expenditures whenever you can. And since life insurance is something you pay for – but hope you never have to use, it makes sense to consider how much money you’re spending on it.  If you want to reduce the amount of money you spend on life insurance, consider the following points.

 

  1. Avoid purchasing a guaranteed issue life insurance policy. Guaranteed issue life insurance policies tend to be quite pricey and with good reason. Companies who sell such policies guarantee that they will issue anyone a life insurance policy, including people who suffer from physical conditions that would not typically be accepted by other  life insurance companies.  This means that you’re costs could be too high for no good reason.
  • So, if you’re in good health, it’s less expensive to find a regular life insurance policy.
  • However, a guarantee issue life insurance policy might be the wisest choice for you if you’re not in good health.
  • If you smoke, quit. Underwriters raise the price of insurance by 25%-50% for tobacco users. Even occasional smoking counts.
    • When you quit smoking and have gone 12 months without using tobacco, you can request that the insurance company remove the extra rating. Doing so will reduce your premiums.
    • Shop around. Each company underwrites health concerns differently. For example, well-controlled high blood pressure might not even warrant an extra charge with some companies, while other companies will rate up the policy.
    • When comparing rates, ensure you provide the same health information to each company so the estimates will reflect your true health condition and can be more easily compared in terms of price.

    How to Get Life Insurance – It Pays to be Skinny

    • Strive for your ideal weight. When shopping for insurance, it can save you money if you’re at an average weight for your age and sex.
    • Each insurance company will rate additional weight differently. After a certain amount of weight, extra pounds will raise the cost of your insurance.
    • If you’re overweight, ask your agent to show you the rating chart. If you’re close to a border weight between categories, you may be able to reduce your price by losing only a couple of pounds before you’re weighed by the company representative. Even a few pounds lost can pay when you’re considering how to get life insurance.

    How to Get Life Insurance – You Get What You Pay For

    Cost isn’t everything. Lower priced policies can actually become more expensive. Companies with an A.M. Best rating of A+ or better may charge more, but those extra costs pay off over the long haul. Here’s why:

      • If you go with an insurance company because it charges less and it goes out of business, then you have no insurance at all. So, even though you’ve been paying for insurance, you could actually lose your coverage and all the money you paid if you seek coverage from a risky company.  So be sure to stick with a well known company.
      • In the event that a significant amount of time has passed since you’ve purchased a policy from a company that goes out of business, your health may have changed enough to make getting another policy difficult.
      • So, the lesson here is to check out your life insurance company’s ratings in advance of purchasing your policy as one way of protecting your investment

      If you practice good health habits, shop around, and do business with a reputable life insurance company, you can secure a life insurance policy that both saves you money and provides for your family’s needs in the future. When thinking about how to get life insurance, these are some of the most common strategies that can reduce your costs when you purchase insurance.