We all know that life doesn’t always go according to plan, and many ups and downs await us along the road. Financial stability is important at any moment in life, but when the “rainy days” come – it is even more valuable. Having some money “on the side” for those unexpected and usually, unwanted expenses, is always a good idea, but a lot of people are unable to save money for those moments.
Of course, when we are experiencing “happy days” and when we don’t have any problems it is easy to forget the fact that luck can quickly turn and we can be in various kinds of trouble. Therefore, we should start saving NOW, or as soon as possible, and with only a few simple steps our financial situation can significantly improve.
Goals can come in many forms, and everyone has different ideas and preferences when it comes to targets in life, but, goals are usually divided into two general categories – short-term and long-term savings goals. As their name clearly suggests, short-term goals are predominantly designed to satisfy one or more of our most urgent needs, such as buying a car, going on a vacation, etc. These “emergency” goals can also come in the form of bad news, such as a death of a sibling or a loved one, or some kind of accident with the need for expensive medical care. These situations are the real “rainy days”, and the majority of people experience these occurrences once or twice in their lifetime.
Long-term goals are designed for our plans and dreams, and they are concerned with more positive things in life. For example, people make long-term plans to buy a house, send their kids to college or to boost their retirement fund. However, this money can also be very useful when your life takes a turn for the worse, and you can use this money to avoid unnecessary debt. Avoiding debt, when possible, is the number one priority for people who want to be financially independent, but many people are unable to make this dream a reality.
Creating a savings account and setting up automatic transfers can be a great way to save your money, but there are some other ways as well. But, you should first keep track of all your expenses and make a budget, and then see how much money you can actually dedicate to your savings account. It is important that this number is large enough to make the total savings amount as big as possible, but it should never be too big so that you to be unable to “handle” it. If you have problems in other areas of life because of your savings, you will quickly abandon the plan, and we all want to create a sustainable and long-lasting system of saving.