Surprisingly, approximately 50% of Americans have no savings on their accounts while some don’t even have savings accounts themselves. This means a significant number of people are living paycheck to paycheck without emergency funds and just hoping that no extra expense comes their way.
Having savings is a substantial part of life. With it, you can be ready for emergencies, save up for big purchases such as a car or a house, and fund a business to generate more income. Then how come such a significant amount of people have no savings? Well, they have a lot of excuses. Let’s see some of them and look at some ways in which you can remedy this.
Dealing with finances is, admittedly, complicated if you don’t put the effort and time to learn it. This is another excuse that people have for not saving up. They say that it’s not worth the hassle or that they think that they’ll only end up being swindled by the bank or their financial advisers and they believe that learning investments and retirement schemes are all too complicated.
People should realize that saving up doesn’t need to difficult if they just think that saving up is simply putting money aside consistently. That’s it. You don’t need to learn anything else unless you want to know more about your money. Although it is advisable that you get to know how you can make your money work for you. Start small and start now.
A lot of people are guilty of this. They buy things they want now instead of saving up. Things such as lining up for the latest iPhone version or buying into the latest fashion trend or shelling out cash for the latest craze are some ways you’re sabotaging yourself. People like this put off savings because they always think tomorrow or later will be a better and easier time to save. This is simply not true. Those people who opt for instant gratification, often end up with delayed benefits. They are the ones who are unable to establish long-term goals such as a house or a car.
To remedy this, simply discipline yourself. Stick to a reasonable budget that includes savings. Do not buy into what is trending instead put aside money for your future self. Don’t be blinded by the instant gratification so you won’t have anything to regret later.
One of the most common reasoning the people have as to why they don’t have savings is because their income is not even enough to cover their daily expenses let alone savings.
However, for most people who have this as an excuse, it’s a matter of lifestyle change. Researchers have found out that people live according to their income. The key is to live below it and allocate the surcharge to your savings account. Let’s say for example, instead of buying the daily overpriced coffee, why not opt to forego it and just brew your own. Instead of partying every friday night, why not stay at home and marathon movies. Instead of buying the latest smartphone version, why not invest on sturdy one and keep it for years. Instead of paying for that monthly gym subscription, why not exercise on public parks and join free fitness organizations. There are many ways you can save just by changing a little in your lifestyle.