6 Ways to Stay Savvy but Sane while Saving
If you’ve set your sights on something like a new car, a holiday or a deposit for a new home, we can help you get into the savings habit. Although this doesn’t mean you have to live like a yoga hermit balancing saving and spending. Below we break down six ways to save while staying sane. And don’t worry, there will be no condescending mention of giving up your morning coffee.
1. Set Yourself a Goal
Your very first port of call is to figure out how much you need to save. Input your details into our Savings Calculator and you’ll get a clear idea of how much you need to be saving each month in order to meet your target. This is also a good time to organise your accounts.
Set up a savings account to automatically transfer from your account the day after you get paid. If you have a habit of dipping into your savings, then set up a notice account. This type of account requires you to give a set amount of notice before the funds are released and will keep impulse purchases at bay. Put a portion of your savings into a regular saver account that you can access instantly in case of an emergency.
2. Identify Your Achilles’ Heel
Take a look through your spending history and identify exactly where your monthly income is going. You can do this with ease using the My Money Manager Tool on your AIB Internet Banking. The My Spending section breaks down and classifies your spending into colourful charts so you can quickly spot any opportunities to cut back. It’s also great for figuring out your spending Achilles’ heel so you can nip it in the bud.
3. Keep Inspired
It’s important to keep yourself motivated when you’re saving like a mad thing. Regularly remind yourself why you’re saving - go for walks in the area you’d like to buy, cut out a photo of your holiday destination and stick it on the fridge … whatever inspires you and keeps you focused.
4. The Little Things
You’ll be surprised how much you can save when you shop around. Spend half a day ringing around for quotes on your internet, electricity, car insurance and heating and see if you can make any quick cutbacks. Write down all of your monthly expenses and create a realistic budget. A simple way to keep spending on track is to take your weekly budget out as cash and use this as your spending money for the week.
5. Reframe it
If you’re constantly thinking negatively about saving, then you’ll be miserable. Try to reframe cutting back into a positive light. If your daily packed lunch seems unappealing, remember it’s generally much healthier than eating out and your waistline will thank you for it! Not able to head out to the pub as often? Invite your friends over for a potluck dinner party or games night instead.
6. Don’t Forget to Treat Yourself
You know what they say about all work and no play. Make sure to set aside some savings for something fun. Little treats will keep you sane.
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