Here’s how to boost your savings and give yourself the peace of mind that comes with it.
- You should aim to have a minimum of three months of living expenses in savings.
- If you’re starting off the new year with no money in the bank, you can build your savings by budgeting, adjusting your bills, and growing your income.
We all need savings on hand for emergencies. In fact, as a general rule, you should have enough money in your savings account to cover at least three months of essential bills.
If you’re starting the new year with $0 to your name, don’t despair. But also, don’t just sit back and do nothing. If you don’t boost your cash reserves, you could wind up in serious hot water if an unplanned bill strikes. Here are five steps you can take to grow your savings this year.
1. Get on a budget
A budget will help you track your spending and see where your money goes every month. And having one could make it easier to identify expenses to cut back on so you can free up more money for savings. You can set up a simple budget using a notebook or spreadsheet. Or, check out these budgeting apps.
2. Arrange for your raise to hit your savings automatically
If you’ve gotten a raise for 2022, that’s money you’re not used to getting. Rather than spend it, it pays to send it into your savings account. In fact, a good bet is to make that process automatic. Arrange to have the extra money in your paycheck go directly into savings, before you have an opportunity to spend it.
3. Refinance your mortgage
If you own a home, your mortgage may be your single largest monthly bill. And if you’re able to reduce that bill by refinancing, you can take the money you’re not spending on housing and put it into savings instead. It pays to refinance your mortgage if your credit score is strong and you can shave around one percentage point or more off of your loan’s interest rate. Reach out to different refinance lenders and see what rate offers they have available if you think it makes sense to swap your existing mortgage for a new one.
4. Consolidate your credit card debt
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