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Five reasons you can't save enough

by , 11 November 2014

If you're a big spender, you're probably terrible when it comes to saving. Not to worry, though, because anyone can learn how to manage their money right and get into the habit of saving.

How you manage your budget and how much importance you place on saving says a lot about you. If you are constantly struggling to save more, but can't seem to manage, you're probably doing something wrong.

Here are five reasons you can’t manage to save enough.
 
1. You don’t have a plan or a savings goal
 
If you don’t have a plan to begin with, it’s no wonder that you can’t manage to save. Failing to plan is planning to fail, right? So start by establishing a budget and a savings goal for each month. Having a plan also helps you stay focused on your goal. Determine why you want to save more money each month and write down all the reasons why you should be saving.
 
2. You don’t treat saving as a priority
 
If you’re going to succeed, you need to treat savings as a priority. This means that you set aside a certain amount each month right after you receive your paycheck, so you are not tempted to spend that money elsewhere. Set up automatic transfers if you have to, but make sure you are always saving a certain amount and getting closer to achieving your end goals.
 
3. You don’t have an emergency fund
 
A savings fund shouldn’t be used for emergency purposes. If your cars breaks down or your home needs an unexpected repair to be made, you shouldn’t use your savings to cover these costs. You should try to have at least three to six months’ worth of expenses saved in your emergency fund.
 
4. You keep getting into debt
 
Getting into debt derails your savings plan. You can’t focus on saving when you are stressed out about paying off your debt. Try to stay away from credit card debt, as you’ll be paying more in interest and saving less.
 
5. You think you can’t afford to save
 
This type of thinking has a negative impact on your saving goals. If you think you can’t afford to save, you will never run out of ways to spend money instead of saving it. Remember to treat saving as a priority and as a necessity, not as an option. Even if you can’t afford to save as much as you would like to, saving something is always better than saving nothing.

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