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Some Practical Saving Strategies for Efficient Personal Finance Planning

By Charles Hopkins Published 09/19/2006 | Finance

So you have been able to secure a job for yourself which is secure and satisfactory compensation-wise. Well, you need not be overjoyed by your achievement. Let me inform you; your battle is only half won. It is hard to earn money, but it is harder to save from it in an organized, as well as, adequate manner. But there is an interesting thing about it; once you develop a habit of saving, the habit will not leave you ever, no matter how hard you try to get rid of this habit. Its a good thing that you have started earning, but your tomorrow will be better if you start saving from today. Here are some useful tips to help you get started in the art of saving.

You might have heard of this old adage; money saved is money earned. And one of the easiest ways of saving money is to stop unnecessary spending. It is always important to keep a tab on the areas where you have spent the money. Just evaluate your spending curve to know which expenditures were unavoidable and which were not. You will be amazed to locate a number of areas where you just have thrown your hard earned money. As for example, my husband takes the membership of a particular swimming club in the beginning of every year only to visit the club once in a while. Is it not a total waste of money? You can surely prevent such excessive spending by paying a small fee everytime you find time to visit the swimming club.

Learn the proper use of plastic money. Using more than one may get you into a bad credit situation. Then do not avail yourself the services of just any credit card company; shop around for the credit card with no annual service charges or low interest rates. Do not use it until you have to make purchase of something really unavoidable. Also, make it a point to pay off your credit card dues on a monthly basis to avoid the charge of interest.

Another effective way of saving is to not spending the bonus. You might receive an annual bonus. Just set it aside on receiving it into these areas like into your 401K plan, TSA plan or tax-deductible IRA. So far, you have been living on your paycheck, then why do you suddenly need to spend the extra amount you have received? Well, if it sounds too miserly, then at least make it a point to leave a significant part of the bonus with any of your saving schemes.

Have you ever reviewed your utility bills and their high rising curve? You can save a good amount of money if you are able to cut down some of your utility bills. Take the advantages of competitions between rival electric or telephone service providers and subscribe to the company which offers you a better deal. Also make a habit of using power saving appliances and also confide more in nature to cut your dependence on the electrical appliances like air conditioner.

Internet provides you an extremely lucrative shopping experience. Shop around and compare the prices. Take the advantages of discount or wholesale products and coupons. The money you save this way can be utilized for buying something that you have yearned for a long time.