Hope you're having a wonderful Fourth of July holiday week! With summer comes warm weather and sunny beaches. The turn of the season is also a great chance to give your finances a fresh start. Here are five steps to boost your savings this summer.
Step 1: Set a goal
What are you saving for this summer? Here are some ideas to get you started:
Step 2: Make a pledge to yourself to save
Deciding what to save for is the easy part but following through with your savings goal is the challenge.
The America Saves pledge can motivate you to save money and reduce debt by helping you stay focused on your goals. Whether you are saving for a vacation, a big move or school next semester, our pledge can help you.
Here's how it works, once you take the pledge, we keep you motivated with information, advice, tips, and savings reminders to help you reach your goal.
Ready to get started? >> Take the Military Saves pledge and start saving today.
Step 3: Create a budget
Creating a budget is one of the best ways to manage your money. A budget allows you to manage your finances so you can always make your savings deposit, pay your bills and have spending money. You'll never come up short if you stick to your budget each time you get paid.
There are many different ways to do this, so you’ll want to try a few out and choose the system that works best for you. >> Check out these five simple steps to creating a budget.
Step 4: Save automatically
The easiest and most effective way to save is automatically. This is how millions of employees save for retirement through 401(k)s and other programs at work. It is also how millions of Americans save at their bank or credit union. Not only does it ensure you will be saving every month, but it also puts your cash out of sight and out of mind so you feel less of an urge to spend it.
Step 5: Find more money to save
Learn how to cut back on summer spending so you can save some cash and put it in your savings account instead. When you take the Military Saves pledge, we’ll send savings tips and advice straight to you.