Saving My Salary
Each month I have a minimum of money I want to put aside to my savings account. In order to do this as smoothly as possible, I have created a recurring payment from the account I receive my salary and onto a savings account. This transfer is happening on the same date as I receive my salary. I have also done the same with my regular expenses (they are transferred to an expense account). That way when I check my account after receiving my salary I see what is left AFTER savings and expenses. Pay yourself first is a quote often thrown around, and that is what I do here.
Punishing Myself When Spending
If i were as hardcore as some of you my automated salary saving would be 90% of my income. But I am not that hardcore. I do not know every month what my variable costs are and therefore I like to keep some money on my account after the initial savings. However, that does not mean I am finished saving this month. Oh, no.
The enemy of saving is spending. And since I like saving I am going to punish myself for spending. My bank has a system for this. I have set it up so that every time I swipe my card (and I live in Norway so I never use cash), a preset amount is transferred to my savings account. At the moment this amount is about $2.5. You don’t necessarily notice this in the short term, but in the long-term, this can add up to a substantial amount. The last 4 weeks (where I have not spent much money because I mostly been away on my parent's cabin) I have swiped 23 times. That means $57.5 in additional savings. Nice right? Another easy way to automate my saving.
Manual, But Somehow Automatic Saving
This one I admit I have to perform manually. But I am so determined to do it that is happens almost automatically. My salary consists of a base salary and I get a bonus every now and then on top of that. Whenever I receive a bonus I look at the amount and transfer this amount in total to my saving account.
Remember I wrote about mental accounting earlier? Bonuses are really easy to regard as additional money that you can spend. No sir. They are going into the savings.
Automatic Savings Distribution
Once I have set aside my money I need to figure out what to do with it. I have automated my savings, but I want to have control of some of my investments. So some of the money stays in this particular savings account (that I call my investment account). But some of the investments are also automated. Each month I have automated my purchase of mutual funds. A preset total amount is transferred every month. This money is then used to automatically purchase 4 different mutual funds.
Have you automated your savings? Please tell me how you make saving easy for yourself.
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