How to Become a Smart Saver


The personal finance community places individuals in two main categories; the spenders and the savers. Although this helps simplify the understanding of the individual's overall expenditure, it also places them in two extremes. However, being a smart saver isn't about the percentage of your income that you put into savings. Smart savers have several similar characteristics, such as being research savvy (which helps when going to compare bridging loans and the like) to name one example. Below I have outlined a few. 

Avoid Stocking up on Credit Cards 
Although credit cards are very convenient, I have come to realize that having too many of them increases your spending limit, which could lead you to the temptation of being extravagant. The result is higher credit card debt, which reduces your income, leaving you unable to save as much as you would like. It is also essential to keep tabs on the credit limit of each of your cards and the amount that you use because a very high unused credit limit could tarnish your credit score as well. 

Be Careful While Acquiring Debt 
It's nearly impossible to avoid taking loans in life, especially if you're in business. I have taken a few to fund my projects, some of which emerged very successful. However, I ensure to carefully look into the terms of my loan provider before applying for the loan. In each case, I must determine whether I will be able to make timely payments without having to tamper with my financial plan. Managing your debts as required by the loan provider can help build your credit score as you fund your business or personal requirements. However, you must avoid taking too many loans as they can tarnish your credibility. 

Keep an Eye on Your Finances 
One of the habits that have enabled me to become a smart saver is continually monitoring the money flowing in and out of my account. I also ensure to update my portfolio every once in a while. Doing this helps me to determine whether I have been overspending and cut back on expenses to increase my savings. I also try to stick to the thumb rule of saving before I spend and stick to a budget, unless in the case of an emergency. Implementing techniques that help me minimize the occurrences of impulse purchases helps me to avoid the temptation of overspending. 

Investing 
As a smart saver, you will understand that your money needs to grow. That's why investing in high-yielding schemes are a good idea, whether they are long or short term. However, it is essential to keep in mind that high earnings come with high risks. It is, therefore, essential to balance out your portfolio by having a secure savings plan in addition to your high-yielding investments. Investing in the stock market has also had a significant impact on the growth of my portfolio. 

Keep Track of Investment Returns 
Although I invest in various companies across sectors, I keep track of the overall earnings that I realize from each one. This way, I can analyze their performance and take suitable action. I may opt to either continue with a particular investment option or shift to another one that seems more promising after I carefully weigh its rewards and risks. 

The best way to become a smart saver is to incorporate saving culture into your lifestyle. Avoid any situations that may push you to go out of your budget in terms of spending. Additionally, it is also essential to invest a portion of your savings to grow your portfolio, rather than have all your money-making a small percentage profit in the bank while being subjected to various economic factors such as inflation.

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