Get What you Want in Life by Saving


We all have goals for different stages of our lives. Right now, yours could be to get a new laptop computer or go away for Spring Break. As you get older and move forward with your life, you may want a car or a home for your growing family.

The good news is that the good savings habits you develop now will help you later on in life, even in retirement.While the goals you set will change throughout different phases of your life, the way you achieve them will never change. That’s simply because you’ll achieve them by first determining what your goals are, and then saving to meet them. The good news is that the good savings habits you develop now will help you later on in life, even in retirement.

To create those good habits or become a successful saver, you can start by breaking down your savings goals. What are your short-term savings goals? Do you want to buy a car? Pay for college tuition? Or have money to live on your own?

Once you determine your goal, figure out how much you will need to reach it and then set aside a portion of your pay or allowance toward that goal. Every little bit counts. If you have very little income, start by saving extra change. If you have a steady paycheck, ask your employer to direct deposit a portion of your paycheck into your savings account. It’s the easiest way to save, since you can’t spend money you don’t see.

There are other simple ways to start saving now, too.Do you receive money for birthdays or other special occasions? Instead of spending Aunt Edna’s gift of $25 on a DVD, put it in your savings account.

Once you start accumulating money, don’t withdraw it unless it’s for an emergency. It will be tempting, but one withdrawal can take away months or years of hard work saving. Give your money a chance to grow. 

At this point in your life, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is your retirement. But the truth is, the earlier you think about and plan for retirement, the better off you’ll be later on in life. When you join the workforce, try to enroll in your company’s retirement plan and set aside a certain percentage of your salary each pay period. You’ll be surprised how quickly the money accumulates. It’s never too early to save for retirement.

As you begin your savings program, it’s critical that you stop and track your progress. Today, there’s no shortage of tools to help you accomplish that, including Online Banking and Mobile Banking, which let you manage your accounts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – from anywhere. Monitor how much you’ve saved and then compare that against your goal. Are you on track to reach your goal? If not, do you have room in your budget to save more?

Having goals and working to achieve them is the key to a fulfilling and successful financial future. By employing these simple strategies to start, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals and getting what you want.

To learn more about how we can help you start saving today with one of our many savings account solutions, stop by your local branch or contact us today.

 

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