Top 5 Essential Ways to Save for Your Future

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Your retirement savings plan should start as early as possible. It's not something you can build up overnight so the sooner you start the cozier you'll be in your golden years. 

It gives you something to work toward and something to look forward to when you retire. The alternative is working until you drop...not an attractive option for most. 

Here are 5 essential ways to save for your future. 


1. Check Your Spending Habits 

The most important part of saving is to know where your money is going. To do this you'll want to keep a budget spreadsheet and update it regularly. This should include cash coming in and everything that's going out. 

By doing this, you'll get a better idea of where you're money's going and where you can cut costs. 

By laying it all out in front of you, you'll see how all those little expenditures add up and you can start taking steps to cut your spending where it's not necessary. 

In fact, one of the benefits of saving for the future is knowing exactly where your money is going each month. 


2. Figure Out What You Want From Life (And Only Splurge on Those Activities) 

Sure you want to save money, but you also want to enjoy your life. Think about what you enjoy doing and plan on saving for those activities. For example, if you love traveling, it would make sense to avoid eating out and instead, put that money toward a travel fund. 

This way when you're planning your next vacation, you'll have a special fund set aside for those costs so you're not tapping into your retirement savings. If you can learn how to budget your money and splurge only on the things you've allotted, you won't feel as restricted. 


3. Reduce Your Monthly Bills 

In your budget spreadsheet, you should have a list of all the bills you pay monthly. Scour this and look for anything that isn't necessary. One example is cable. Consider how often you actually watch TV or if you can make do with Netflix or Hulu or other entertainment apps. 

Sometimes there are recurring costs that you simply forgot about. That subscription you don't use that costs you $19.99 a month? That's almost $240 that you could be pocketing annually. 


4. Got a Raise? Put it in Savings 

When someone gets a raise, their first inclination is often to buy a fancier car, or a bigger house, or to go on a shopping spree. We often equate a bigger paycheck with the ability to buy more things.

Don't. 

If you can avoid this trap and save instead, you can put all that additional income directly into your savings. In fact, make it a direct deposit into your savings account and pretend it doesn't exist.  


5. Don't Touch Your 401K Before Retirement 

It can be tempting to tap into your retirement accounts before you retire. You could feel the urge to do this for any number of reasons. Maybe you want to buy a house and don't have enough saved up. Or you want to send your child to college and use the funds for tuition. 

Not only does early withdrawal come with tax penalties, but you're also essentially robbing yourself of the savings you worked hard for. Instead, if you need a large sum of money, consider taking out a personal loan, as long as you have a plan and the money to pay it off each month. 

Consider maximizing your retirement funds by getting into trading such as global futures.


Act Now to Save For Your Future 

Saving for your future begins now. To learn how to how to save money, start with your budget spreadsheet and analyze where you can cut costs. Then take action and do it. You may be amazed at how much is spent on items you don't need, or things that aren't supporting the lifestyle you want to live once you retire. 

It's easy to live in the present and make choices that support where you are now. But if you can envision the lifestyle you want once you retire, it'll motivate you to save for your future now. 

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