5 Ways to Save Money in One Minute or Less
This is not a list that requires you to be overly proactive. I, myself, have always had difficulty cutting coupons, eating at home, budgeting, and doing many other activities that often appear on lists of this kind. Here are five ways I have found that will help you save money with little to no effort.
1. Set up an automatic deposit into a savings account. By automating one small deposit each month, you can start saving with little impact on your checking or debit account.
2. Buy a piggy bank. Use this to collect loose change and small bills and have a goal to fill it in order to buy something specific. This helps eliminate spontaneous spending on more expensive items.
3. Check your bank account regularly. The funds you have (or don’t have) can often act as a strong motivator for not spending money. Checking your bank account also helps you detect fraud or identity theft on your account.
4. Pay bills on time. This eliminates late fees, prevents interest from accruing on revolving accounts, and can easily be done with automatic bill pay, which is usually a free service from your bank. For lines of credit, you can make the automatic payment for slightly more than the monthly minimum. This helps you pay them off faster and decreases the amount of interest you pay.
5. Check your credit report. This is a compilation of your credit history, and much like checking your balance regularly, checking your financial behavior can act as a motivator to be more responsible or pay-off lines of credit (and is another way to help you detect fraud/ID theft).
By following one or all of these guidelines, you can start saving money and become more financially sound. As an overall best practice, start with something simple that you can easily manage, once the first habit is established, you can build on that foundation.