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How to Start Saving

How to Start Saving

There are some things you know you should be doing, but still haven’t entirely made up your mind about it. Saving is one of those things.

We all know what it is, it seems doable, but somehow we tend to put it away for the ‘near future.’ And that near future usually appears to be much further than we could have imagined.

It seems that there is so much more you could do right know: explore a new travel destination, try out a new extreme sport, or simply watch a really good movie. But you know what – saving is a truly great experience, once you start noticing the benefits of it. Stay with me for a while, I will explain what I have in mind (it might be really eye-opening).

The crazy myth: You need to give up too much

People quite often believe that in order to save, you have to give up on the things you enjoy the most. I can’t even start with explaining how silly this is. Absolutely. You will be getting so much more! When you start saving, you will discover that there is so much financial potential in your life.

On the other hand – when not properly planned and taken care of, money tends to slip away quite easily – I’m sure you have witnessed that in your life already, especially after those days where you just need to ‘treat yourself.’

After evaluating your financial situation, you will be able to clearly see the weak spots (the things you purchase just out of habit, such as takeaway coffee, which tend to eat up quite a lot of your budget). This leads us to the next good idea.

Rethinking your habits

Knowing what you can and can’t do by yourself is usually half the battle. There are apps that can help you with and teach you just about everything. Book a place to stay at for the night, discover tasty new recipes or become fit and healthy with the right apps and just a few taps.

So why not take care of your finances in the same, easy way?  There is no reason to worry about your money when managing it can be as easy as calling an Uber. Apps like Zuper provide you with the tools you need and easily teach you new financial skills.

Building a new habit can be tough. Try to make it as easy as possible for yourself and pick the tools that can help you along the way.  

Simply start.

As with all things in life, you have to take the first step.Does this sound familiar: the more difficult something seems in the beginning, the happier you feel after you finally decide to do it? I did, dozens of times!

You might be thinking about taking that trip to a fascinating destination  for months, or even years now. It might seem too far away or too challenging. But once you overcome your fears (which often tend to be quite irrational), and simply do it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. It’s exactly the same when it comes to your money

I know you have lots to do in your life. I know you feel you don’t need saving that much. But I also know how much better it made me feel seeing that I’ve started creating good financial habits in my life, allowing me to explore more than I could have dreamt of.

So, to sum it up:, the best advice I can give you about saving: you just need to start.

Leitha Matz
FinTech COO. Startup Mentor. Woman in Tech. I spend a lot of time thinking about technology products and user experience, and I love stupid puns.
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