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Did you know that 56% of Americans cannot cover a $1,000 emergency expense with savings?

 

If you have $1,000 saved you are already ahead of everyone else. If you do not have at minimum $1,000 saved then you are in the right place!

 

I want you to see savings as you take care of future YOU. If you were let go of a job or if you were sick and had to take days outside of your PTO, your savings would allow you to take care of yourself without stress.

 

Having the future in mind, let’s get into action →

 

1. Calculate your monthly expenses:

 

List down all your essential expenses, including rent/mortgage, utilities, groceries, transportation, insurance, and minimum debt payments. Don’t forget to include discretionary spending like entertainment and dining out. Add everything and you will have your monthly expenses. Multiply that number by 3 to get the number of your savings goals for three months.

 

For example: If my monthly expenses are $2,500, I will need to save $7,500 for a three-month savings. ($2,500 X 3 = $7,500).

Example of saving weekly for 5 months

 

2. Set a realistic goal date:

When you would like to meet this goal? Determine the total amount you need for three months of expenses and get clear on how much you need to save monthly. Do not be hopeful by being aggressive on the amount of savings per month. Make sure this goal is realistic and achievable based on your current income and expenses.

 

3. Create a budget:

Create a detailed budget that includes your income and all your expenses. Allocate a portion of your income towards savings every month. Treat your savings goal as a non-negotiable expense because this is a priority for you.

 

4. Automate your savings:

Set up an automatic transfer from your checking account to your high-yield savings account on the day you receive your paycheck. This ensures that you will meet your goal without having to think. It is as if the money doesn’t exist.

Example of saving monthly for 6 months

 

5. Cut unnecessary spending:

Identifying non-essential expenses in your budget that can be reduced or eliminated can help you free up more money. This could include dining out less, canceling subscription services you don’t use, or finding more affordable alternatives for your regular expenses.

 

6. Increase income:

Look for opportunities to increase your income, such as taking on a side job, freelancing, negotiating your salary, moving jobs, or selling items you no longer need on the Facebook marketplace. The extra income can speed up your savings goals.

 

7. Monitor your progress:

Regularly review your budget and savings progress. Create a visual and place it somewhere visible to keep you motivated! Do not forget to celebrate each milestone.

 

8. Stay Consistent:

Saving consistently, even if it’s a small amount, is crucial. It’s the habit of saving that will help you reach your goal. Avoid the temptation to dip into your savings for non-emergencies.

 

9. Emergency fund vs sinking funds:

Differentiate your emergency fund from other savings goals. An emergency fund should be easily accessible, so consider keeping it in a high-yield savings account. If you want to save for travel create a separate savings, also known as a sinking fund.

 

10. Review and adjust:

Review your budget and savings goals. As your financial situation changes, adjust your goals and contributions as needed. If the plan you set in the beginning is not working and you need to extend your savings goal, you are allowed to do so. Adjusting your goal is better than giving up completely.

 

Prioritize your savings to avoid going back to survival mode. Follow these steps to stay committed to your savings plan and you will be well on your way to building financial security and peace of mind.

 

 

When we work together:

 

  • I help you create a savings plan that works for you
  • I help you find money in your budget you did not know you had
  • I help you make your money work for you while you focus on living life

 

If this resonates with you, I want to invite you to work with me! I want to help you get out of survival mode and the constant stress due to money. Book a sales call.

 

I cannot wait to be part of your journey!

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Orlenda Cortez

Welcome to my corner on the internet! I’m obsessed with using money as a tool because it led me to pay off $30K in consumer debt in a year and a half, helped me save $20K in nine months to have my dream wedding in Costa Rica and is helping me build the life I never saw my family experience. Now I want to help others do the same!

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