Emergency Cash 1 :
How To Generate Quick Cash In An Emergency
Emergency Cash 1 and 2 reports will discuss:
1. How to Cope with a Cash Crisis
2. Learning to Cope with a Money Emergency
3. Increase your Cash Flow without Going Further into Debt
4. Start to Build your Emergency Fund
5. Say Good-bye to Credit Cards
6. Painless Ways to Find Money in an Emergency
7. Every Day Ways to Save Money in an Emergency
8. More Creative Ways to Save Money
9. Thrifty Ways to Save Money
10. Even You can Save on a Shoestring
11. Are You Ready to Start a Good Savings Plan?
12. Smart Tips for Living on a Budget
13. Tips to Help you Save
14. 7 Serious Ways to Help you Save
15. More Serious Savings Strategies
16. Make Small Cuts for Huge Savings
17. Emergency Money Strategy while Dealing with Debt, Financial Stress & Family
18. Quick Cash Fixes
19. A Few Timely Lessons in Simple Living
20. How to Save Money on Gas
21. Simpler Solutions for Managing your Money
22. Bring Both Calm AND Savings into your Life
23. Slash your Electric Bill in 6 Easy Steps
24. Good Ways to Find FREE Money
25. Can you Survive/EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
At least once in every person’s life comes a time when the need is great and the resources are few. It can be hard enough to make ends meet on a decent wage, but, when the times get tough and the money just is not there to meet the need, a person can easily despair.
101 Ways to Raise Emergency Money has been written with you in mind. If you are forever trying to come up with inventive ways to earn and save more then this creative ebook will absolutely thrill you.
When a person can have good financial control and a good plan of action. Should emergency funds be needed, a person can then sleep better at night.
There is no real magic formula for coming up with on-the-spot emergency cash. There is a good deal of thinking through and the putting of a good plan into action. If you can do that, you have it made. That is truly all that any one of us can do to secure out tomorrows.
How to Cope with a Cash Crisis
If you are hit with a serious money crisis and you find yourself scrambling around for emergency money, here’s how to assess your situation and get back on your feet.
All of a sudden and without warning, your roof begins to leak! Your hot water heater shuts down and your computer goes up in smoke, the clutch needs to be replaced in your car and your son decides to have his wedding on the Isle of Oahu – all of this within the same week!
As you sit, stunned and you ponder an exit strategy you receive a friendly letter from the IRS explaining that you miscalculated your taxes in 1996, and they now own your house.
This Kind of Money Emergency Requires your Immediate Attention
What do you do?
The above scenario looks like a money emergency of biblical proportions. You are afraid to open your front door for fear of finding a swarm of locusts!
Thank goodness, there are things you can still do to restore your financial life and equilibrium—and perhaps even fend off future misfortune—without having to sell your very soul.
Learning to Cope with a Money Emergency
Wherever there are money woes, you can be sure to find crippling emotional setback. Avoid it all you try, you might just as well begin to prepare for the devastating fiscal and the emotional fallout that is sure to come. You will need to cope very well with both if you hope to make a solid financial comeback.
Whenever a money emergency hits, it will be your ability to deal with the individual pitfalls that will hold you in good stead. It is when a series of financial hits come your way that the stress will tend to accumulate and make your life much more difficult to cope.
You will not be so overwhelmed when you can calmly and rationally look at each individual problem as it arises. If you sit back wringing your hands with worry and allow all of your emergencies to pile into one; you will find yourself down for the count.
Calm must take center stage. You must NEVER allow yourself the luxury of panic. There is no one there for you to just take over. You are all you have.
The more you panic, the less effective you will be. You need to keep a very clear head to be able to sit down and come up with an appropriate plan. Be aware of your own tendency to sabotage your plans further. It is only when you are at your most calm that you will be prepared to get to where you need to be and then overcome.
Being Calm is the First Key to Managing a Money Emergency
At even the first hint of a money emergency, it’s important not to act right away. If you do you will inevitably make a mistake! First, before you can manage your finances again, you have to first manage your emotions. You absolutely must regain your balance before you can even begin to make a plan.
If your money emergency demands that you act quickly, think first about seeking the advice of a debt counselor, money coach or financial planner. Whenever possible think about seeking out the aid of a financially perceptive friend or family member who can help you to come to a clearer perspective.
Remember the old adage that “two heads are always better than just one!” You won’t need to make a major cash investment if you’re strapped. Look for a planner who will give you a one-hour consultation for $150. Often times this will be all you will need to securely turn the corner.
Time to Crunch some Numbers
The first step toward establishing financial stability is to step back, take a deep breath and assess the damage. Possibly one of the bigger mistakes people make when they’re in a financial crisis is not being prepared to make a clear assessment of where they’re at.
You can easily become overwhelmed. However, totaling up the damage serves two important purposes. First, you need to know exactly how much you owe, how much money you have in hand and what it will take to cover the distance between the two. Second, you will want to avoid any other mishaps, such as penalties, further repairs, missed deadlines, etc.
If you are not properly prepared, you must become prepared on the spot. Any type of money crisis will catch you unaware and you will feel cornered. Wouldn’t it be ideal to be ready and waiting for the crisis? How likely is this to happen to you, though?
Most people will be at least somewhat prepared. If the crisis is not too dire, they will be able to handle it ok. Some will be sunk from the get go. The idea is to not be overwhelmed and to have a good plan of action, no matter how little or how a lot. You need to be entirely prepared to deal with any sized setback.
Ideally, those unexpected expenses could be covered by the funds in the Irregular Expenses account in any good budget. Unfortunately, though, there is always a common problem. You might well have an emergency stash—but it’s most often depleted. This same problem affects the majority of us so take heart.
At about this time many people make the mistake of turning to plastic for relief. Resist this one. You will only be transferring your problems from one pocket to the other.
On the other hand, if you are sure you can handle using credit cards to deal with a cash emergency, you had better be sure you could pay them off when the time comes. Otherwise, why add yet another debt and another problem. Eventually, it will all catch up with you.
If you’re truly running while on your last leg, consider taking out a home equity line of credit. This will work for some. The interest is tax deductible, but those aren’t fixed rates. Be smart about this remedy, though. Unless you plan to pay back the amount you borrowed promptly, it can end up costing you more than you thought—especially if you’ve already depleted your own equity.
The Idea is to Make a Smart Decision and not a Rash one
Think well before borrowing from your 401(k) or IRA. There are loopholes that allow you to do so, but there are also hidden costs—never mind potential taxes, penalties and other consequences. Keep in mind that if you were to lose your job, you’d have to repay the loan immediately, or be taxed as though it was a withdrawal. This remedy could be very costly in the long run.
Increase your Cash Flow without Going Further into Debt
• Take on a hobby that you can translate into dollars. Can you walk a neighborhood dog? Teach basket weaving? Host a dining room? Baby-sit for your sister’s kids? Do Computer graphics? Consider which of your talents might be worth a few extra bucks and then go out there and do it.
• Take on a part-time job. The holidays are soon coming up, and many people supplement their salaries with part-time retail jobs. Just don’t spend it all on holiday gifts and be sure to bank it into your savings.
• Spend more wisely. We all have our own ways of wasting money. Now see how you can eliminate the ones that you wouldn’t miss. Just saving the dollar you would normally spend on that cup of coffee each day adds up.
• Borrow from a trusted friend or relative. The interest rate is low to nil, the cash is quick—but guilt is even higher. Be sure you have a plan for how you’re going to pay back the loan even before you approach them.
Nowhere to go but up
You can spend your precious time crying in your milk wondering why you have been singled out in this way or you can get busy and look at how this could have happened to you in the first place. You will need to face some touch answers if you want to avoid future financial crises.
Suffering a serious financial crisis is an excellent time to self-assess. Ask yourself where you went wrong, where you’re not paying attention—and how you might be setting yourself up for future financial setbacks. Understanding the answers to these important questions will help you out next time around should the same befall you.
Be prepared before the crisis starts. You won’t be able to anticipate every time a financial burden lands in your lap, but, if you want to be cushioned against it, you have to anticipate the unanticipated.
Be very careful. An emergency fund is set up for . . . emergencies. It’s not supposed to be depleted on a whim and every month. Take a closer look at your expenses these last few months, and if you have had to lean heavily on your emergency account to pad your budget, it’s time to rethink your money management issues and in a hurry.
Pay special attention. Take a page out of this lady’s book…she noticed that her towels were slightly singed when she took them out of the dryer one day.
Instead of calling the repair guy, she shrugged it off—until the next load caused her entire house to go up in flames. We all have these same moments where we glimpse a potential crisis hovering on the horizon and do nothing until it is all too late. Pay attention to the smaller details and avoid the larger calamities.
Plan further ahead. Your clutch is likely going to give out every 80,000 miles or so. The roof can give out every 15 to 20 years. A vacuum cleaner might give up the dust in as much as five. Avoid the obvious and pay excessively later. It is your call.
Your five-year-old desktop is getting creaky. You could wait until it dies. However, according to Murphy’s Law of Money, it will expire at the worst possible moment. Either way, paying for a new computer might not be part of the budget so planning ahead gives you some control over when you take the hit. Start to plan today for what you know will be coming—come hell or high water. Plan smartly for the inevitable.
Start to Build your Emergency Fund
Finding money during an emergency can be very difficult if you fail to plan. Establish emergency savings in both good times and in bad. The chance is very good that you will be called upon to put out a sum of money on the spot and when you least expect it.
It is a very good rule of thumb to sock away three to six months’ living expenses. You can also use this same money when you’re faced with major, unplanned expenses such as a car that breaks down or much needed college funds.
The purpose of this type of savings plan is to put the money away consistently, and then tap into it for true emergencies. The success of this type of long-range savings plan will depend less on the rate of return than on, day-by-day, putting the money away and then leaving it there for a true emergency.
Lock it away and then hide the key.
People who are living on a fixed-income will have the toughest time setting aside money for emergencies. If you can manage to just squeeze out another $10 or $20 each month and sock it away into a money market account, it’s worth doing.
If you decide you need $2,000 in an emergency fund, look at what you can afford to sacrifice each month from your current budget and then look at that sum of money as a bill to pay yourself. Decide on a monthly amount and then put that same amount aside every month and then watch it grow.
Once you have reached your goal of $2,000 you’ll now be in the habit of putting away that extra set amount each month. Keep on doing it.
Financial planners echo the idea of treating your emergency fund as a bill. Put the money away each month, but don’t be tempted by the latest sale. You are not to touch the amount, except for in an emergency.
Putting money aside on your own is hard. Retirement plans are successful because the money comes out of your paycheck before you can get your hands on it and because there are taxes and penalties for early withdrawals.
Stashing money away in an easy access money market account takes discipline. Limit your access to the emergency fund. You can have immediate access to some of the money, but not all of it. The bulk of the fund is to be used, strictly, for emergencies and nothing else.
Once you have saved up about two months of living expenses, move one month of expenses to a one-month CD. When the CD matures, roll the principal and interest into another one-month CD. Your savings will grow well this way.
As you continue making regular payments to the emergency fund money market account, you will soon have another month of living expenses that can be used to invest in a two-or three-month CD. If you are wishing to set aside six months of expenses, continue the process until you can comfortably purchase a six-month CD. Your savings will accumulate quickly this way.
Building your Emergency Fund
Before you start stashing away your money for an emergency, the first step in building your emergency fund is to figure out just how much money you have to put aside in the first place.
People often don’t know where they’re spending their money. Once you can account for every penny, it’s a lot easier to decide where you can cut back and start to save.
You can’t always account for emergencies so it is more critical to build the fund as fast as possible.
Say Good-bye to Credit Cards
One of the best ways to save money the fastest is to clip up all of those expensive credit cards.
Credit cards are perhaps one of the most expensive forms of money. A very good rule of thumb is, unless you pay off your credit card bills each month, don’t use the cards for anything you can either eat or wear.
Another good rule of thumb is to consolidate your debt. If you have several credit cards, each at different rates of interest, why not fold them into a home equity loan and then write off the interest payments? This is a good way to begin an emergency savings fund.
Here are some good suggestions for budget trimming that can work for just about everyone:
When mortgage rates are especially low—consider refinancing your mortgage and, while you’re at it, your car loans, too.
When you live in an area that has good public transportation, see if you can get by on one car instead of two.
Make your current car last. With good maintenance, you will be able to replace it every six to eight years instead of every three years.
Do a periodical energy check on the house. Replace all essentials such as cracked storm windows and renew the weather stripping.
Cancel subscriptions to magazines or newspapers that you’re not reading.
Eat out less often and learn to be creative using leftovers. If you stop for a morning cup of coffee at the local Deli, make coffee at home.
For the kids weekly allowance cut it back. Explain to them that every member of the family needs to contribute to the emergency fund for it to work.
Remember, too, that you will be teaching your kids to be frugal and to develop good spending habits.
Saving money on your own brings many rewards, and like most other things, it becomes easier over time. In the end, your entire family will have peace of mind that comes from knowing you have financial resources set up and ready for when times are the toughest. The sacrifices you make now will be realized when you need the most comfort as a family.
Painless Ways to Find Money for an Emergency
If your plan for money for your next emergency is to scoop up the change that falls between the cushions, you might want to come up with a plan to add to that stash. It is always a good idea to have a little extra green for the lean times.
Rainy days could be just around the corner. Rainy day funds become necessary! Here are some very clever and virtually painless ways to put aside some money now!
Put aside a large envelope, cookie tin, coffee jar or something similar. At the end of every week, throw a couple of dollars aside. By the end of your first month you should have some extra cash put aside to have a nice start on an emergency fund. The idea to doing this is don’t count it or spend it. Place it somewhere that is hidden away. Put it somewhere that you won’t be tempted to dip into it. This kind of money really adds up!
The next time you treat yourself or your family to a meal out, tip yourself! Just as you go to tip the waitress 15 to 20 percent, put the same amount aside for yourself. When you get home, stash it away in your cookie jar. Every time you go through a fast food window, put a dollar away for that cookie jar, too!
The next time you get a good raise, instead of applying it to your cost of living, bank it! This way you will always be living one raise behind and your bank account will be growing by some 3 percent.
Take advantage of that cash back option! Next time you make a purchase using your debit card, ask for a small amount of cash back. Instead of spending it, stash it away in your cookie jar! Chances are you won’t even miss that extra $1, $2 or $5 bill and come emergency time, you will notice how the amount has piled up.
Next time you pay off that big-ticket item like a new car or tuition, continue to make the payments to yourself! Set up a savings account and each month slip the ghost payment into it. Watch as it builds nicely.
If you have noticed that you can get a better long distance telephone plan and you want to switch, allocate the savings to your cookie jar. You won’t likely miss that little bit of extra money, and you will have a better telephone plan, too.
Consider joining a Christmas club. You will save a lot of money. Each year you put aside a bit of money and place it into a hamper program. Then, as Christmas rolls around you don’t need to scramble looking for Christmas cheer to share with your family.
Your hamper arrives filled to the brim with all kinds of seasonal goodies that you paid for over the previous year. You can easily put aside $50 each year towards your emergency fund this way and you and your family will enjoy a hassle free Christmas.
Sign up for a grocery shopping membership card. At the bottom of your store receipt, you will see a print out that states how much you save each week. It really adds up. You can easily save an average of $15 on each weekly grocery trip. Add that amount, each week, to your savings cookie jar.
Did you enjoy your tax refund this year? Sure you did, we all did. That’s because of the new tax laws. Many people will have a little extra money coming their way after April 15. Decide to deposit that extra money right away into your savings account or cash it and then stash it. Sure you can come up with plenty of ways you can use that money now, but put it away for later. You might need it even more later.
If you are a responsible spender, take out a credit card that rewards your loyalty. When you pay off the bill every month, use a card that promises a cash reward and bank the money. Use your reward credit card smartly and you could end up with a very nice windfall for your rainy day fund.
Put aside a large mouthed jar in the kitchen. It is very likely that your parents and grandparents had one. At the end of each workday simply empty your pockets or clean out your change purse. All the change goes into the jar. Who wants to carry around all that dead weight, anyway? Your spare change adds up a lot faster than you think. While you are at it, add at least one bill to your change jar at the end of each week. Aim for a $20!
Is it time to give up that nasty smoking habit? Imagine the money you will save! If you are not quite ready to quit at least cut back by half. Put the savings each day into your change jar and watch it overflow!
Convert to a coin-operated laundry. Keep a jar on your washer and dryer and every time you go to do a load of laundry, slip in a coin or two. This adds up month by month.
The next time you go to return a movie rental on time, pay yourself the late fee. You will see how quickly that $1.50 to $4 can add up.
If you yearn to loose some weight, try rewarding yourself the cost of the item that you do without each day. Put that money into your change jar. You will look great and you will be saving for a rainy day!
Place a large jar by the telephone. Everyone must drop in a coin to make a call. All proceeds go to the emergency fund. This one works!
Emergencies always crop up. They are always guaranteed, unlike the money to deal with them. Be prepared and plan!
Every Day Ways to Save Money for an Emergency
When you think about it, there are a good many ways to save those precious pennies. Some ways will require some sacrifice, while others will require little before thought.
The point is to be forever mindful of saving those extra pennies and before you know it, you will have saved up a tidy sum.
- Spend less money than you earn each week.
- Seek out a higher paying job.
- Keep your job skills sharp and up-to-date so that when a new opportunity comes up, you will be on your toes and first in line.
- Adjust your lifestyle to always spend a bit less.
- Create a firm financial budget to encourage saving.
- If you must use credit cards/cut up those you can do without.
- If you must use credit cards, pay them all down in full each month.
- If you have credit card debt at high rates, consolidate at once.
- Figure out a way to lower your student loan payments.
- Just say NO to spending money whenever possible.
- Lower your expenses, one by one.
- Stop purchasing items that you can do without.
- Forego purchasing non-essential items.
- Refinance your mortgage or debt at a much lower rate.
- Refinance your car loan at a much lower interest rate.
- Find cheaper insurance rates/then switch over.
- Use coupons to shop with. Don’t purchase without a discount coupon.
- Wait for things to first go on sale before buying. Take advantage of catalog saving certificates.
- Don’t buy an item just because it is on sale.
- Buy generic or non-name brand merchandise as much as possible.
- Wait for prices to fall to a discounted rate before buying (applies especially to electronics items).
- Reward yourself for saving money. Enjoy as your debt shrinks and your investments grow.
- Drive used cars or leases rather than brand new cars.
- Reduce your auto insurance.
- Don’t eat out as much as you’d like to.
- If you do eat out, buy gift certificates for half price meals.
- Buy only discount magazines.
- Do more stay in activities at home.
- Invest the money you save to earn even more.
- Create a plan to save $200 each month (as much as you can manage.) Never miss the monthly savings payment to yourself and try to find ways to increase it.
- Don’t spend money just because you have it.
- Look into getting a better quality education.
- Stay very busy – you will have less time to spend money.
- Find an interesting hobby to occupy your time and stop you from spending money.
- Find a hobby that you can turn into earnings.
- Stop smoking and bank the savings.
- Go on a sensible diet and lose weight. You will save money on food, look and feel better, and your long-term healthcare costs should fall dramatically.
- Look carefully at how you spend and save your money.
- Learn how to manage your finances by reading financial publications.
- Increase the amount of money you earn through a second job, promotion, new job, investments, etc.
- Don’t try to compete with your friends and neighbors. Be satisfied with what you have.
- Don’t compare yourself to your friends and neighbors. Be happy being you.
- Sell your car and take the bus to work if you can.
- Contribute the maximum each year to your 401K or to an IRA.
- Buy Dental Insurance before you need it.
- Buy Health Insurance before you need it.
- Paying down your debt is also a way to save money (it saves you from a debt payment and brings you closer to having money to invest).
- Switch to lower your telephone bill.
- Lower your cable bill by deleting pay channels or switch to satellite.
- Earn extra money by completing short surveys online.
- Practice restraint at all times.
- Be patient when bargain shopping.
- Start saving money today!
- Don’t give up — put just $10 aside, today!
More Creative Ways to Save Money
- Shop for clothing at thrift shops (especially for young kids). Look for gently worn or even new clothes for 1/10 the price of new (or less).
- Pay your bills online. It’s protected and you can save with stamps.
- Put your kids on the school bus rather than driving them to school.
- Slipcover or reupholster older furniture for a quick update rather than buying expensive new furniture.
- Refinish furniture and/or decorate with new paint. Use older and broken furniture to make a unique piece.
- Take your lunch to work every day! Make your meals in bulk and then freeze them in smaller containers to save even more money.
- Buy a bread maker to make your own bread. This is much cheaper than $2.00 a loaf, and tastes terrific!
- Shop for dented canned goods and outdated toiletries at salvage grocery stores.
- Read magazine subscriptions at the library or buy them at the thrift shop for .25 to .50 after someone else has read them.
- Stop drinking expensive sodas and make Kool-Aid or decaffeinated iced tea, instead.
- Cancel expensive telephone options like call waiting.
- Check out library books instead of buying expensive new titles.
- When you wash your hair every day don’t lather twice. Saves shampoo!
- Change your eating habits and avoid expensive, processed foods.
- Exercise and eat right to keep your doctor bills down.
- Brush and floss your teeth to keep the dentist bill down.
- Keep up on regular auto maintenance and avoid costly repair.
- Mend your clothing instead of buying new clothes.
- Buy only clothing that does not require dry cleaning.
- Take care of your own nails. Avoid manicures.
- Simplify your hairstyle – wear a hairdo that doesn’t require much maintenance.
- Get at least 3-6 quotes when shopping for items over $100.
- Develop self-control and simplify your life if possible.
- Buy only inexpensive, no-name drugstore cosmetics.
- Cut your dryer sheets in half.
- Buy generic over the counter medicine rather than name brand items when possible.
- Buy generic baby wipes, diapers, and formula, anything you can for the baby.
- Look for quality, name brand clothing at garage sales in more affluent neighborhoods.
- Find fashionable clothing in the sale departments of stores like the Gap and Stitches.
- Keep in fashion by finding basic colored tees and skirts and then add cheaper, trendy accessories.
- Buy baby clothes privately from someone that has an older child (one year older) than yours. You can find good quality clothing cheaper this way.
- When you get change back from a purchase put it in the piggy bank. Always give the cashier whole dollars, not the exact amount. In a few months, you will have “found” money that can be used for an emergency fund.
- You can save money by shopping for groceries in the “bulk foods” aisles in your grocery store.
- Bulk up in the wintertime. You don’t need the heat above 68 degrees in the winter inside your house. Wear warm clothes and socks/slippers while in the house.
- Use all plastic bags you receive at the grocery store for trash bags.
- Some grocery stores give you a 5-cent credit per bag if you bring your own bags. Pennies add up over time.
- Instead of buying a new house, rent to own. The payments are cheaper.
- Install a water softener. It might be expensive to start up, but in the long run, you use less shampoo/conditioner on your hair and it saves your appliances (pipes, iron, washing machine, dish washer, kettle and hot water tank) from clogging up with lime scale.
- Breastfeed your children!
- Save money when shopping next time at the supermarket by remembering to check the lower items nearer to floor level as they are often much cheaper than those at eye level. Also, resist the temptation to purchase extra items at the checkout such as magazines and candy bars.
- When you receive a gift that you are sure you won’t use, re-gift! The next time you will need to buy a gift – give away one of your own.
- Buy, slaughter and butcher your own cow. The average cost of the meat is $1.00 per pound.
- Hand-pick your own fruits and vegetables in season. They are less expensive and better quality foods.
- The next time you yearn to see a movie wait to see it on DVD at the video store.
- Quick braking, cornering, and accelerating (speeding) will eat your gas up considerably. Never let your fuel needle go below a ½ tank, or fill it up when you drive it to “Empty”. Nickel and diming your gas tank gets you no where fast!
Thrifty Ways to Save Money
Saving for an emergency need not be a chore when you are making a good effort to put money aside constantly. Be in a mood of saving and watch as that bank account accumulates.
Instead of buying a new DVD, save money by trading with family and friends. Once a month do the rounds and before you know it, you will have a new library of good movies to enjoy.
Plant a small garden each spring, with just the vegetables that you really like. Even a small effort every day can save you dollars usually spent on fresh vegetables at the produce market.
Buy your bread and other bakery items at the local thrift bread store.
Check your local library for the newest DVD/video releases and then rent three for $2.00 for two days.
Read your local newspapers online.
Search eBay for big ticket items and then save literally hundreds on computers, DVD players, etc.
Keep track of the cost of items you buy a lot and get them at the cheapest store, like cleaning supplies at Family Dollar, pet food at Wal-Mart, etc.
Make a conscious effort to combine tasks that require driving some place, so you will get the most out of your mileage.
For your friends and family who do not feel slighted by this, send e-mail cards for holidays, birthdays and as thank you cards. In addition, e-mail family and friends who live far away, instead of calling long distance.
Get rid of your monthly fee long distance service, and just use an access code when you do call, which is infrequently anyway and inexpensive.
Decide which satellite channels you could do without, and give up a few shows you really like. You can save more than $20.00 on your monthly bill.
When you buy vegetables, fruits and bread at the grocery store check the reduced-for-quick-sale carts and shelves first.
Change the oil in your vehicles yourself.
Save money when buying clothes for the following year at the end of the season / during the off season. You can get great mark down prices.
Each evening take the spare change from your pockets or periodically clean out your purse and toss the coins aside. Never take any money back until the end of the year. Then take all of the coins to the bank and exchange them for cash. You’ll be surprised to find out they’ve added up to $50, $100 or even $200.
“Take care of your cents, and then your dollars will take care of themselves.”
Bike to work in good weather instead of driving to save on gas.
Eat a few hearty vegetarian meals each week.
Shop garage sales for a great source of household items, books, clothing, and furniture.
Don’t buy bottled water! Buy a good water-filter and drink tap water.
By the end of each day put all of your change into an empty coffee can. Then roll coins as you watch TV or listen to the radio. This will add up to hundreds of dollars very quickly and gives you something good to do with your hands to relax.
Save money by reducing your energy costs. Energy can be the number two or three expense, along with the cost of rent or mortgage and food.
Switch every single bulb to compact florescent bulbs. They may be expensive but they last for years (no more replacements) and tend to use about 10-20% of the energy of regular bulbs. Buy one each time you make a shopping trip, starting in the high traffic areas of the house like the kitchen or stairway until you no longer have any incandescent bulbs left.
If you own your home, seriously consider switching any electric heating appliances to natural gas such as the hot water heater, furnace, stove or dryer. Electricity can be used for almost any device, and you pay a hefty premium on electricity for that. Gas is very efficient for heating devices; it heats up much quicker and wastes far less energy.
Do all of your laundry in cold water. Most modern detergents are just as effective in cold water as in hot water. Also, make sure any laundry that you do is a complete and full load – it takes the same amount of energy as a tenth of a load.
Try this trick with your dryer: Put it on for 20 minutes, and then put it on “air fluff” for 15 minutes. Your clothes are already hot with the water coming off as vapor and you’ll find although it takes about 20% longer, you save about 50% of the energy costs of your dryer.
In the colder months when you need to use your furnace, turn the heat on to your desired temperature. When the furnace turns off (your house has been heated to temperature), turn the thermostat to the off position. If you feel cold, check the thermostat. If you 5 degrees below your desired temperature, turn the thermostat on again to your desired temperature.
Often furnaces will kick in and out to maintain your desired temperature, but furnaces are far more efficient when they are in the heat cycle for longer periods. You’ll save about 50% on your furnace costs, even 30% over having a high-tech digital thermostat. Of course keep it completely off when you’re out of the house.
If you ever leave the house for the weekend or longer, unplug everything. That alarm clock or VCR blinking or DVD on standby still take power. If you’re leaving the house for a week, you will save real money by just unplugging all of these devices- and you’ll protect your home from fire risks should there be a malfunction or power surge.
Keep your fridge and freezer as full as possible. The fewer airspaces in your fridge, the less time it takes for your fridge or freezer to cool the air. Don’t have much money for food? Just buy a bunch of bread and throw it in the freezer, you usually can get bread cheaper when you buy it in large quantities anyway.
If you really need a magazine subscription make up a small group maybe with three people to divide the costs. Then each person can keep the magazine for one week.
Save money by throwing away any catalogs or magazines which tempt you to buy something.
Cereal can be frozen and it keeps for a very long time. Before that, we could never eat it fast enough and had to throw it away when it was stale. When you pour milk on it, you would never know that it had been frozen. I have not yet found a cereal that tasted bad from the freezer.
Don’t throw away your empty bags of milk. Instead cut them open and wash them. You can use them as baggies. They also keep frozen foods fresh when used with a sealer.
Save money by preparing your grocery list by planning menus for the coming week and buy only what is on your list.
Set your washer to the shortest wash setting possible. Instead of washing your clothes for 10 minutes put it on for 5 minutes. It saves on your electric bill and on your clothes wear and tear.
Pick up the pennies, dimes and nickels found on the sidewalks or in parking lots. Add it to the jar of loose change you are saving and by the end of the year you can add this money to your emergency fund.
Foster the practice of team sports in your kids. The more time you spend with your kids playing sports, the less time and money they will spend at the shopping mall.
To save money on gas, don’t fill the gas tank to the brim since the extra weight of the gasoline takes extra toll on engine power. Take out all items in the trunk which are not important to reduce vehicle weight.
Watch other peoples’ budget-conscious movies. Buy your own jar of popcorn and add your own seasonings.
Turn off the heat at night and sleep with a hot water bottle. This works fine in a small apartment, because it heats up quickly. For people with larger houses, turning the heat down should work well, too.
If you must drink a specialty coffee, Espresso seems like a luxury item, but because it’s ground finer, and you use less, the coffee lasts longer.
Shop eBay for things like razors, lotions, computer software, baby formula, diapers, etc. If you can plan ahead, you will save.
Each pay period set aside any amount that you have budgeted for but did not need to spend. For instance, you may have anticipated that $50 would be needed to maintain your car, but only had to spend $30. Take the “extra” $20 and put it into your savings account.
Even YOU can save while on a shoestring
Believe it or not, how much you save has little to do with how much you make and studies have proven this! It is time to put away the excuses; here’s a roadmap for finding money you didn’t even know you had.
That One Simple Word—Savings
When you hear that one, simple word, do you feel a deep sense of guilt? Of course you do – we all do. That is because, like most Americans, 75% of respondents said they knew that their savings, targeted for retirement, were insufficient.
That’s cause for distress, perhaps, but not nearly as remarkable as the discovery that how much you save now has very little to do with how rich you are, today. This is so true in fact, that the middle-income earners managed to save less than the lower-income earners in that same study. Now this is remarkable when you think about it. Those with less saved more! What is the secret to their savings success?
For those of us who scrimp and save endlessly and with so little to show for it, these statistics are both annoying and embarrassing! It also means you have no excuse for inadequate savings.
The bottom line here is this: You just have to save, regardless! That means for every $10 you earn, you MUST sock away at least $1 in savings. Does not sound to be too difficult, right? WRONG!
UNLESS you have an iron clad savings plan, you will not save a single red cent! The trick is in the purpose and the plan!
WHAT IS YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN?
ARE YOU READY TO START A GOOD SAVINGS PLAN?
You are ready but you feel at a loss as to how you will come up with that extra money. You are already barely eking out a living. You can manage if you train yourself to think differently. That is the first part of any good plan. You have to think right. If you don’t think right towards your money, you won’t be able to manage it.
Your First Step: Rethink how you think about money
Saving money is a calm state of mind. Before you can even begin, you have to say NO to all of the spending—and stop thinking that you actually need all the stuff you’re spending all of your hard-earned money on. Just don’t spend.
That is simple enough! Say NO to all of the excuses and reasons for why you feel you MUST spend. Tell yourself, NO MORE EXCUSES, PERIOD! The very next time you want to buy something, take the $50 or $100 out of your wallet, instead and stash it away somewhere. Do you see the logic? That’s why you call saving. You don’t end up with stuff; you end up with the hard-earned MONEY.
Another new way of thinking will be to think of frugality as your savior. Become a confirmed cheapskate and do as your most frugal friends do. Pay special note to the fact that frugal friends fix the shower curtain instead of buying a new one. Sit down with Depression-era relatives and ask about how they made ends meet despite even desperate times. You want to learn to economize.
The next step in rethinking is to become inspired. Spend all of your spare time online and search out those frugal Web sites. Look at “living cheaply,” “frugal living” and “voluntary simplicity.” You’ll find a ton of good Web sites devoted to living on less, such as: thefrugalshopper.com, simpleliving.net and frugaliving.com.
Learn to turn shopping time into activity time. Go for a bike ride, walk down memory lane, take the kids to the park; do anything and everything that you can to take your mind off shopping and spending. It works!
Step # 2: Time to Save!
There are any number of creative ways to live on less. However, you don’t want to make your life miserable. Here are some great ways to economize without missing quality of life.
Don’t think too much about it – just do it! Direct deposit is now your best friend! Your money is whisked away into your IRA, 401(k) or money market account—and you don’t have to do a thing to make it happen. Just drop by your payroll department and/or your bank and fill out the forms. Do it today.
Eat meatless some of the time. Go veggie. Prepare just three meatless days a week (without substituting pricey fish) and you could save $25 a week, which equals $100 a month, which equals $1,200 a year! Beans: You will learn to love them.
Play the money game. Whenever you get a $5 bill, put it aside for later. Alternatively, do the same with ones, with quarters or even all your spare change. You’ll have a nest egg built up before you even miss a nickel.
Never spend the extras. Save all of your income-tax refund, your holiday money from the folks, the $20.38 overpayment check from the telephone company and any other extras and save every penny.
Negotiate and Haggle. You will be impressed by who will drop their prices, fees and interest rates: airlines, hotels, credit card companies, and even computer/appliance/rug salespeople. Before you even think about paying full price: Haggle a bit first.
Re-evaluate your money before you spend. That dinner out for the family will cost more than you spend on groceries in a week. That fancy pair of shoes is worth half the cost of a commuter pass. Learn what your money is worth to you, and you won’t be so quick to dispose of it.
Don’t overpay on your taxes. Yes, you love to get a big refund from the IRS every spring. The fact is, though, you’re effectively lending money to the government and interest-free. Go through your tax return and see if you can hold out until Dec. 31 to maybe get a $150 refund. That way you can use your money NOW should you need it for an emergency and bank the refund when you get it later.
Decide to raise your insurance deductibles. Reassess each of the deductibles for your various kinds of insurance. If you can raise them at all, your premiums will drop.
Bring your mortgage costs down. Look at whether or not the rate is too high. If it is, look to refinancing – this will save you money. Now, let’s look at the private mortgage insurance (PMI) you’ve been paying because you didn’t have enough money to make a 20% down payment. If the equity in your home is greater than 22%, make sure that it is cancelled. It’s the law. Finally, pay up on your mortgage. If you can manage an extra $100 per month, you will save thousands in interest costs over the long haul.
Toss out those nasty, glossy catalogs. The best-known form of spending temptation known to man or woman is the catalogs. Sure they are fun and look good, but are they worth the risk of spending? Chuck them straight out into the trash.
Refuse those unnecessary fees. Like the $2.50 you pay just because the ATM is right there, right now as opposed to walking two blocks to your bank, where you don’t get charged at all every time you use your cash card. Alternatively, how about the late fees for returning videos? These really add up. Don’t forget those fat charges banks hit you with when you write a check that, well, bounces.
Clean it yourself. I’ve discovered a very cool trick: When a clothing label says, “Dry Clean Only,” I wash it. On the other hand, dab out that little mustard stain with an old-fashioned cleaning device cleverly known as a sponge.
Don’t pay for a pro. If you can fix the neighbor’s garage door and she can paint the kitchen: go for it and save.
Put your raise in the bank. Put that tiny 3% to 5% boost in the paycheck on your direct deposit and live on your previous salary.
Pay smart for long-distance. Evaluate all of the different telephone plans for value. Pay attention to what you are currently paying per minute. Some dial-around codes or cheap calling cards (one without a surcharge per call) may give you a better rate. Not only will you save, but also you may find you won’t need to speak to Alvin in Schenectady so often.
Just buy the basics for the pets. Say no to pet pampering. Does your dog need those t-bone snacks? Does your cat need that rabbit-fur-lined toy? Probably not.
Vow never again to pay full price. The next time you must shop, hop onto the World Wide Web. Look for eBay, half.com and craigslist.org for excellent sources of “lightly used” goods—everything from books to jewelry to office furniture—even the entire first season of Star Trek on video.
When you are focused on being savings minded, you’re thinking about money changes. Before you know it, you have substantial savings.
Smart Tips for Living on a Budget
Regardless of the time in history and no matter what the current state of the economy, no matter what the current trends are, no matter what the unemployment rate is or where interest rates are, some money-saving ideas always work and stay true.
Big changes come from small steps and if you determine to put even one of these many savings secrets into place, you will see big change in your life.
You will now learn a variety of savings tips. You will learn how to best place your hard-earned money in a variety of down-to-earth ways. What you will learn about will set you up nicely in your day to day life.
Money Saving Tip #1:
The great Albert Einstein once said, “It takes a genius to see the obvious.”
Let these wise words guide you today. What he meant by that is that sometimes the simpler things in life are the most powerful … but because they are so obvious, we tend to ignore them, and not let them work for us.
One of the most powerful money making ideas is this: keep a daily diary of everything you spend. Go to the dollar store, buy a little book, and carry it with you wherever you go. Write down every penny – each single penny – you spend. It’s just as simple as that.
If you do this one thing, you will find that something magical happens in your financial life in only a few weeks.
There is something incredibly powerful about writing down each of your expenditures. It makes the flow of money through your life more realistic and exacting. It shows you simply and clearly just exactly where you are spending your money, on what and why. Once you know this, it becomes much easier to control your spending. You will feel empowered with self-control and this will encourage saving.
Many people who have taken up this practice have not only learned something about themselves, which they never before understood, but they are often astounded by the simplicity of the lesson learned.
For example, a person could realize through examining their notebook that they actually spent nearly $1,000 throughout the year on diet soft drinks, snacks and candy bars! Since their job only brings in $20,000 per year, they realized that 5% of their entire income was being frittered away on something entirely frivolous. The person gave up the snacks and drinks, and found they had enough money to go on vacation the following year. If you had the choice between snacks and a much-needed vacation, which would you choose? Of course you would choose the vacation, we all would.
The point is, it was their daily expense log that helped achieve the insight and clarity they needed to realize control of their finances. That’s what a simple spending record will do for you – it will give you much needed control over your spending, and thus your financial life. There may be nothing but a 75-cent notebook and a ballpoint pen between your life of financial struggle and financial freedom.
Money Saving Tip #2:
Stop deficit spending! We all know how Uncle Sam has been creating debt—spending more money than our country takes in. It’s called deficit spending. Well, don’t do the same! The same rules apply to you and me. Using those nasty little plastic cards may be the “American Way,” but it’s a debt making way and creates plenty of fools each new day.
Today, the average credit card holder is carrying around $8,000 in plastic debt!
Spending yourself into such debt with a credit card is certainly very easy, as many of you already know. The reason is psychological. When you give that clerk a credit card, it’s just not the same as handing over a stack of green dollar bills. Would you as readily hand over a pocketful of ten-dollar bills as toss a credit card across a counter? Probably not. This one is a no-brainer for most!
Credit cards put you in debt and keep you there. Even for people with good incomes, paying your credit card debt down to zero can be amazingly difficult. In addition, make no bones about it; credit card debt will sap your financial strength just as readily as an open vein will deplete your physical body of its very life force. Using a credit card by choice can quickly turn to using it for need. Once you get to that point, you are already in trouble and it becomes time to get some help.
There is no secret in freeing yourself from the credit card game. You must take out a pair of scissors today, cut your cards in half, and begin paying them back, slowly but surely. Be sure to always pay more than the minimum amount due, even if it is only $10 more.
Once you stop adding to the debt, even small payments will eventually, add up. You can get out of debt, if you are patient and self-disciplined. Once your cards are history, you must adopt a strict pay-as-you go policy. Instead of buying now and paying later, save now and buy when you have the full amount. This is key to being able to save.
Once again, stopping credit-oriented consuming is one of the most powerful financial tools available to anyone today. Why not pick up this tool and use it for yourself?
Money Saving Tip #3:
Sell all of your junk. That’s right; it’s high past time for a serious yard sale. Search throughout your house or apartment for every single item that you don’t really need, and then sell it all! Every last piece!
Take an inventory. The truth is, most people are astounded by what they own – and how much money they have tied up in items they no longer need and use. Why let it just sit and collect dust while it could collect interest instead in a savings account?
You could easily be $600, $1,200 … even $5,000 richer by the end of the week. As an added bonus, you’d have your place cleaned up, and you will have a fresh feeling of beginning all over again. A garage sale is an excellent way to start. Not only do you clean out your house, but also it often gives a psychological boost that helps people get control of their life and money.
Money Saving Tip #4:
Ben Franklin said long ago: “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Yes, it’s still true and still one of the most powerful moneymaking tips in all of history.
Understood well within Franklin’s famous statement is the difficulty of saving.
It’s tough to save and much easier to spend! We all know that! That’s why every penny saved truly is earned – because it takes so much effort to hold on to that cash! If you can do it, it will work magic in your life. Having a savings account will de-stress your life. Imagine being ahead of your bills, rather than behind.
When you are ahead of your bills, you entire life comes under your own control. You sleep better at night. Your mind is freer to come up with new ways to make more money and save more. Saving is contagious – once you let it get started!
Some Tips to help you save:
1. Don’t settle for interest checking. Have a separate savings account that can’t be as easily accessed as a checking account.
2. Keep your savings in a different bank – one that’s off your regular route, or perhaps even in different town. That way you won’t be tempted to dip into it every time you visit the bank to make a checking deposit.
3. Buy short-term savings bonds, which have 6-month to one-year maturity dates. You will get a higher rate, while at the same time keeping your money close in case of real money emergencies.
4. If you can, open the account under two, different names and require that both signatures be required to make a withdrawal. Two people can debate each withdrawal and keep each other in line.
5. When you get your paycheck, immediately put a minimum of 5% in your savings account. After just a year, you’ll be amazed by how much you have actually saved and you will feel great about it.
Visualize abundance and wealth everyday. Am I actually suggesting that you practice some sort of mysticism that will make you into a “money magnet”? Perhaps yes, maybe no. Call it what you wish – a mind game, mysticism, New Age—the solid fact is that behind every wealthy man and woman is a positive attitude toward money.
Look at it like this: It costs ZERO one way or the other to have either negative or positive thoughts. So why not have positive thoughts AND increase the ODDS?
There have been many studies done on the thought patterns and the mind-set of some of the richest, most successful people in the world. The one thing that they all had in common was a positive attitude toward money and their ability to earn and keep it.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED? RESPECT MONEY AND THINK POSITIVELY TOWARDS MONEY. THIS IS A GREAT START TO MEANINGFUL SAVINGS.
The key to being able to raise emergency money when needed most is to be in the right frame of mind about money in the first place. Think positive about money and spending and save. You can’t beat that equation!