How to Accumulate Wealth for the Future
Saving money has never been my forte. As someone who tends to live paycheck to paycheck, I’ve always been more focused on the present than the future. But when my car’s transmission failed unexpectedly last year and I struggled to pay the $3,000 repair bill, I realized I needed to get serious about saving.
After asking around, I found there’s no silver bullet or get-rich-quick scheme to amass wealth. As cliché as it sounds, Benjamin Franklin was right: “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Building savings requires discipline, effort, and sometimes sacrifice. Easier said than done when you love taking Ubers, eating out, and doing some online shopping therapy every time you’re feeling down (which in my case is once a week, minimum).
But by starting small and making incremental changes over time, I’ve been able to slowly accumulate savings without completely depriving myself of little luxuries. Here are some baby steps that have worked for me:
Automate Your Savings
Set up automatic monthly transfers from your checking account to a high-yield savings account. “Pay yourself first” by putting savings at the top of your monthly expenses. Even if you start with $20 or $50 per month, making deposits automatic holds you accountable. Within the first 3 months, I managed to stockpile over $300 without even noticing the money was gone.
DIY Your Daily Latte
Those $6 lattes really do add up. By making my own coffee instead of buying it, I easily saved over $100 per month. I treated myself to a cheap espresso machine and some syrup flavors to approximate my favorite coffee shop drinks. While it was nice to sleep in later, I did miss my morning barista’s smile and well-groomed beard.
Have a Side Hustle
Use your skills or hobbies to make extra money that goes straight to savings. I had quite the thrift-store blazer collection, so I decided to try flipping some of the more unique ones online. I typically invest $20-30 buyingitems and then sell them for $60-100.It’s been surprisingly fun and taught me new skills, all while padding my savings effortlessly. Granted, last week I accidentally sold my favorite jacket from high school and had to awkwardly ask for it back…
Being perfectly frugal 100% of the time is tough. When I get the itch to splurge on something fun but frivolous, I make myself divert the same dollar amount to long-term savings. That way I get my retail therapy fix without the guilt! There’s nothing like treating yourself to courtside NBA tickets and simultaneously growing your nest egg.
Revolutionizing your finances doesn’t happen overnight. By implementing small, realistic money saving tactics over time, anyone can steadily build wealth for their future self. I may not be ready to retire tomorrow, but the peace of mind I’ve gained already makes this worthwhile. Sure, I may still make the occasional financial flub (please see: selling beloved high school jacket). But the important thing is to get back on track, keep calm and save on.
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