11/21/2017

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Start Saving Now

You should start getting your finances in order right now. The economy is starting to grow, more jobs are being created, and now is the time to start working towards long term financial goals. You may have to do some things that might hurt initially, but they may be the right things to do if you want long term success.

When is the best time to start saving for the future? This may sound like a simple question but for many, saving money is not as easy as it may seem. In order to save, you must have the means to accumulate and put aside money that is not needed for everyday living expenses. The real answer to when you should start saving is "right now."

If you have a solid job with good company benefits and you are not spending more than you earn, you can save. If you own a profitable business, you may be able to put some aside on a regular basis. If you already have some money tucked away in a safe place, adding more to it may be relatively easy. These are some of the ways to save if you are lucky enough to have a head start.

But if you are laid off or if you are working but not making a good income, you may have a hard time saving money. If you are struggling to make ends meet, your opportunity to save anything at all may be a challenge. This is the reality for many people. They are struggling to pay bills and living from paycheck to paycheck just to stay afloat financially.

Some people have actually lost everything they own and don't know what they are going to do next. Any number of things may be going wrong for you.

  • You may have lost your nest egg during the recession.
  • You may owe more on your home than what it is worth.
  • Your home may be in foreclosure.
  • You may be in bankruptcy.
  • Your credit cards may be maxed out.
  • Your bank accounts may be overdrawn.
  • You may be one step away from being evicted.

How can you save money if you don't have money to save? You have to believe that things will change for the better. In most cases, they do. But you have to put forth an effort to save something, even if it just pennies a day. Pennies do add up and if you are consistent with your drive to put money aside for an emergency fund, it will come to fruition.

You may have to let go of things that are holding you down. For instance, you may have to walk away from your home if you can't continue making the payments. You may have to let your car go back to the dealer. If you haven't already filed, you may have to file for bankruptcy. These things are extreme, but by taking certain steps, you can start putting your finances back in order.

 

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