The basis of having healthy finances is having a fallback plan, also known as an emergency fund. In fact, it is what Dave Ramsey often calls “Baby Step One.” Save $1000 a month (or within a month) to lay a good foundation for your finances.
However, very few people heed this warning. I’m embarrassed to say I currently have no emergency fund in place. But is it possible, what Ramsey is suggesting? Can you really save $1000 in a month?
Saving Tips to Help You Achieve This
It is possible to save $1000 in a month. Although it may seem impossible right now, here are a few savings tips that will help you achieve what is (even for me) just now a dream.
Make Money Emotional
First, you have to have more of a connection with your money. Set a life-changing goal and imagine your life after reaching that goal. How does that make you feel? Write it out and keep it so that when you are having a tough time with your savings goal, or another financial goal, you’ll remember why you’re doing this, to begin with.
Set Specific Goals
Make sure that goals you are setting yourself are specific. Say something like, “My goal is to save $1000 a month so that I’ll feel more stable to begin paying off my debt,” or “My goal is to pay off $500 in debt this month.” Don’t leave it up to a simple, “I want to save more money.” Without specifics, you won’t take it as seriously.
It is easy to get bogged down with it not being possible or how hard it will be. Saving is hard. Getting out of debt is rough. But you can do it! As a tip, try to go 24 hours without saying anything negative about your finances. This will create an entirely new mindset for yourself.
Check Your Bank Account Every Day
This some compulsive but, where your finances are concerned, you should be. Knowing where you are spending money is the first step in truly understanding where your finances stand and where you can save. Not to mention, checking your account can alert you to other things as well. For instance, I checked my account and saw I was being charged for a service I had only used once and intended on canceling. I called immediately and had it canceled, saving me $20 a month.
Review Your Budget, Cut Costs
After you know about how much you’re spending, review your budget and identify areas where you can cut costs. For instance, if you’re spending $200 a month on entertainment but you have no savings and debt to pay off, it is safe to say you can trim that down.
Change Your Habits
That being said, cutting costs and cutting activities can mean a big change in your day-to-day habits and how you handle finances. As mentioned above, you may not go out as much, or when you do you may be using coupons or seem frugal. Remember, this is all in attempt to better your overall financial situation.
Seek Ways to Make More Money
After you’ve gotten into the habit of saving money where you can, seek out ways to make more money. Clean out your closets and hold a yard sale. Post items for sale online. Look for additional income through side jobs. Whatever your approach may be, making more is always a good thing. You can put every penny of it towards savings and/or paying off debt.
Can You Save $1000 a Month?
So, heeding my own advice, I’ll be attempting to save $1000 during the month of November to give you all time to join in on the challenge.
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Amanda Blankenship is the Director of Social Media for District Media. In addition to her duties handling everything social media, she frequently writes for a handful of blogs and loves to share her own personal finance story with others. When she isn’t typing away at her desk, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog. During her free time, you’re likely to find her with her nose in a book, hiking, or playing RPG video games.
[…] Saving money is difficult. In fact, it is so difficult 70% of Americans don’t have enough money stashed away to cover a $1,000 emergency. This leads to people racking up unnecessary credit card debt and essentially hurting their long-term financial health. (There’s a reason Dave Ramsey’s Baby Step 1 is to save $1,000.) […]