6 Tips for Budgeting and Saving

Learn how to prepare your finances for a significant life event, unexpected surprise, or if you’re just looking for ways to build your savings.

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  1. Create a Budget

    The first step for understanding your finances is to set up a budget. To begin, subtract your monthly expenses from your income. You can use any remaining money to help build your savings for a rainy day, or pay off larger expenses. If you use a debit or credit card, we make it easy to track your expenses.
  2. Pay Yourself First

    Bills, bills, bills! Are you finding it difficult to save after emptying your wallet to cover your monthly expenses? If so, try changing your perspective and “pay yourself first.” That means putting away a small amount of money before paying bills or expenses. If you stay committed, you’ll witness your savings balance grow in no time!
  3. Automate for Savings Success

    While paying yourself first, consider creating an automatic savings plan to simplify the process. You can use your checking account to automatically grow your savings! With our free RoundUp program, each time you use your debit card, you can elect to add a designated amount to your savings account.
  4. Money Manager

    Our helpful Money Manager tool can automatically keep a history of your transactions, helping you to recognize your spending habits. It’s a convenient way to create reasonable goals, start planning your budget, and help you keep these goals within reach. Money Manager is a simple, smart, and secure way to manage your finances. You can view your accounts, track spending, monitor your income, and stay on top of subscriptions. You can find the Money Manager tool on our App, and the best part? It’s free!
  5. Cut Expenses

    Take a look at your weekly and monthly purchases. Little things add up, and cutting these transactions out of your routine will grow your savings even faster. These creative solutions allow you to have fun, while increasing your savings:
    • Have fun with free or low-cost activities within your community neighborhoods – like libraries or parks, or create your own adventure and get some exercise while exploring hiking trails.
    • Volunteer with a local non-profit, organization, or charity.
    • Substitute expensive pre-made meals or restaurant visits with preparing meals from scratch at home.
    • Take lunches to work instead of purchasing meals.
    • Avoid buying bottled water – it’s better for the environment, too!
    • Swap out cable, and try less expensive streaming apps.
    • Search for bargains at local yard sales or consignment shops.
  6. Raise Extra Money

    Another way to grow your savings balance is finding additional work or hosting a yard sale. Working an extra job, or selling unwanted household items, adds extra money in your pocket. Alongside your automatic savings plan and additional income, your savings balance will skyrocket!

Budgeting and saving can seem difficult at first, but with a little bit of practice, and sticking to your budget, you’ll accomplish your goals faster than you think. In the end, you can prepare yourself for homeownership, traveling across the world, or building up an emergency fund. You’ll be financially prepared to face any obstacle, and funds to achieve your dreams.

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