We're all looking for ways to save money.
And everyone has their own method of saving, whether it's depriving yourself of that $4 mocha latte once a week or deferring an exotic family vacation.
Use these money-saving ideas to come up with new methods to save money in your everyday life.
- Pay Off Your Debts
If you're trying to save money through budgeting but have a lot of debt, start with the debt.
Still not convinced?
Add up how much you spend each month on debt servicing and you'll quickly see.
Once you're no longer paying interest on your debt, you can easily put that money into savings.
A personal line of credit is just one option for debt consolidation to help you pay it off faster.
Establish Savings Objectives
Visualizing what you are saving for is one of the most effective ways to save money.
If you need motivation, set saving goals and a timeline to help you save.
Want to buy a house in three years with a 20 percent down payment?
You now have a target and know how much money you need to save each month to reach it.
To achieve your goal, use the Regions savings calculators!
Take care of yourself first.
Set up a monthly automatic transfer from your checking account to your savings account.
Don't cheat yourself out of a good long-term savings strategy, whether it's $50 every two weeks or $500.
Give up smoking
No, quitting isn't easy, but if you smoke a pack and a half a day, you'll save about $3,000 a year if you quit.
For the first time since at least the mid-1960s, the percentage of Americans who smoke cigarettes has fallen below 20%, according to the Centers for Disease Control — join the club!
Go on a "Staycation".
Though the term is trendy, the concept is sound: instead of spending thousands of dollars on international airline tickets, look for fun vacations in your own backyard.
If you are unable to drive the distance, look for low-cost flights in your area.
Invest to Save
Let's face it: utility costs rarely decrease over time, so take charge now by weatherizing your home.
Call your utility company and request an energy audit, or find a certified contractor to perform a whole-home energy efficiency assessment.
This will include everything from simple improvements such as sealing windows and doors to installing new insulation, siding, or ENERGY STAR high-efficiency appliances and products.
Over time, you could save thousands of dollars in utility costs.
Lowering your water heater's thermostat by 10 degrees Fahrenheit can save you 3-5 percent on energy bills.
When compared to a traditional storage tank water heater, installing an on-demand or tankless water heater can save you up to 30%.
Bring a Lunch
Finding everyday savings is a simple money-saving technique.
If eating lunch at work costs $7 but bringing lunch from home costs only $2, you can save $1250 in an emergency fund or make a big contribution to a college or retirement fund over the course of a year.
Open an Interest-Paying Account.
Keeping your savings separate from your checking account helps most of us reduce our proclivity to borrow from savings on occasion.
For even better long-term savings, consider products with higher yield rates, such as a Regions CD or Regions Money Market account.
Calculate Your Spending Per Year.
Do you spend $20 per week on snacks at your office vending machine?
Every year, you deduct $1,000 from your budget for soda and snacks.
That habit quickly adds up to a significant sum.
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