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America Saves Week: Saving Automatically

America Saves Week: Saving Automatically

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America Saves Week has arrived! America Saves offers a number of helpful resources and tips on how to save effectively. To kick things off we are sharing their article on the importance and effectiveness of Saving Automatically:

Regularly contributing to a savings account is the best way to work toward your future goals…….and the best way to make regular contributions is through saving automatically.  

It’s our favorite way to save!  

Saving through automatic deposits or transfers is the most effective way to save and helps make it easy by allowing you to choose what and when you’ll save.   

How To Start Saving Automatically  

First, you’ll want to have a clear view of your finances, so you know what you are capable of stashing away. Start with our list of 6 Steps to Establishing a Spending and Saving Plan. These steps will walk you through gathering your financial documents like pay stubs, utility bills, mortgage statements, etc., and will help you calculate your income and expenses as well as setting goals and making a plan to achieve them.  

Don’t worry or get discouraged if it’s not as much as you would like at first. At America Saves, we say Start Small, Think BIG! Even small amounts add up over time.  

Once you determine the amount you’d like to start saving, there are two ways to start saving automatically:   

  1. Visit your employer’s HR or payroll department and request a split deposit. Most companies will allow for more than one account to be set up for payroll direct deposit. Redirect your set savings amount into a designated account separate from the rest of your paycheck. Complete the necessary paperwork and let your employer do the rest.
  2. Set an auto transfer from your checking to savings at your bank or credit union. Choose the amount to transfer and a day of the week or the month (maybe the day after payday or at a time when there aren’t other debits hitting the account) for the transfer to be made and watch your balance grow! Most financial institutions’ online banking systems will allow you to set up a transfer with just a few clicks. If not, pay a visit to your local branch and ask for assistance.  

No matter how you choose to save automatically, the most important thing is building the habit of saving – there is no amount too small to save!  

Saving is a Habit, Not a Destination 

That’s right – Saving is a Habit….and, practice makes perfect! 

By definition, a habit is something you do on a regular basis consistently until it becomes second nature. Eventually, it will become something you do automatically without even thinking about it.  

Saving is no different!  

A series of small steps, like setting up a direct deposit or auto transfer, can get you closer to your goal and lead to big rewards in the long run.  

Every step matters – no matter how big or how small. The more you do it, the more likely you are to stick with it.  

Read more and view all the resources America Saves has to offer here: Home | America Saves

SOURCE: America Saves

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