HOW TO SAVE MONEY!

 

Budgeting

Saving money starts with understanding what’s happening with your money. Yes, the objective is to save, but it needs to be well structured and quantified. Only when you put together the sources of cash, only then you have a comprehensive view of what’s happening with your money.

It also gives you clarity and sets your expectations in terms of how much can you practically save over a period of time. There is no point in being delusional and then subsequently falling short of the expectations. Understand the different sources, amount and timing of where the money is coming from and where it is going. Make sure you provision for unexpected costs that come from nowhere.

If you are married, then the budget should be developed along with key decision makers and seek a collective buy-in to reach the objective as a family. Consensus of key members is very important to save money.

Once you have created a picture of where your money goes in a typical month, then you can identify the trends and problem areas.

Discipline

After understanding your potential to save, you need to set aside the savings amount as if you are paying a bill. Open a savings account or start an automatic saver plan and discipline yourself to deposit the amount every single month. Since you have no choice but to pay your monthly bills, your savings amount must be treated the same way. More importantly, the savings should be deposited at the start of the month before you even have a chance to spend it. You will see that your money has grown, like magic, over time.

Spend less

As common as it sounds, it is the most traditional yet effective way to save. You simply cannot spend more than you earn. By spending more using some source of borrowed money, you are actually spending more by paying interest. This borrowing accumulates really fast and before you know, you have accumulated tons of debt. It’s a real painful exercise for a long period of time just to get rid of it.

 

Examples of cutting your costs:

  • Clear your most expensive debts first - Avoid paying unnecessary interest on your credit card
  • Seek best home financing options, if applicable
  • Reduce telephone bills by using cheaper options for international calling
  • Avoid parking and speeding fines
  • Reduce transportation costs through car pool, using public transportation, etc. Say ‘no’ to avoidable expenses
  • Avoid expensive days/evenings out – Seek promotional deals
  • Encourage the habit of saving within the household
  • Utilize the free rewards program, offered along with credit cards
  • Deposit funds every month in a savings plan
  • Lastly, the best way to save money is to make more money!

 

About Mohit Malhotra:

Mohit has over eleven years of experience covering portfolio and investment analysis, business valuations, corporate finance and financial modeling. Mohit was working as a Manager in Deloitte's Corporate Finance practice in Dubai handling the Middle East Region. During his term at Deloitte, Mohit has worked extensively in the financial services, real estate, and aerospace industry managing transactions in private placements, IPOs, M&A, and corporate advisory. He was also the training manager teaching various finance topics. Mohit is a Director of Genesis Institute. At Genesis, he has conducted several workshops and presentations on equity valuation and financial modeling to a large audience including NASDAQ, SP Jain Institute of Management - Dubai and Bank Muscat.

 

He is also on the executive committee of CFA® Emirates. He has a Bachelor of Administrative Studies (Honors) degree from York University in Canada and is also a CFA® charter holder. He has also completed Canadian Securities Course and the Technical Analysis Course from the Canadian Securities Institute.

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