Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Saving Money With a Purpose and Not Just for the Sake of It*


From an early age, we’re all taught that we should be saving as much money as possible. We’re told that we need to hold on to our savings, that we should never overspend on useless things and that we should always be mindful of our income. These are excellent tips that will help you get the most out of your financial situation, but it’s easy to forget just how mindless and pointless saving money can be if you’re doing it without a good reason.

Anyone can train themselves to save a small percentage of their money every month, but it’s not easy to assign a purpose to that money in order to give us the motivation to do in the first place. So in this article, we’re going to talk about why it’s important to save money with a purpose and not just for the sake of it.


Savings should be used for emergency purposes
One of the most obvious reasons to build up savings is to use it for emergency purposes. This includes paying for emergency repairs for your car, replacing your laptop if it breaks or even patching up your home after a natural disaster. Certain types of repairs, such as those related to your home, are going to be incredibly expensive given that it’s not just the repair that’s important, but also the replacement of things such as electronics and furniture that could have been damaged. In some cases, home-related damage can be irreversible and you may need to spend a lot of money on renovating parts of your home. Much of these costs will be covered by insurance, but it’s still a good idea to rely on your own savings if you need more money to get your home back into good shape so that you feel safe inside it.

Medical emergencies can also cost a lot of money if it’s not completely covered by the NHS. In these situations, emergency savings might not cover all of the related costs, especially if you’re unable to work during this time. Thankfully, there are guarantor loans from a direct lender that can help you pay the bulk of it especially if it’s something urgent. Your health is arguably one of the most important things in life and you can’t avoid medical bills especially if it’s crucial to your personal health and well-being. This can include things like dental treatments, replacement glasses or prescriptions for certain types of medicine. While most of these medical expenses are covered in the UK by the NHS, there are certain extras costs that can help you live a much healthier life which aren’t covered. This can include eye examinations, extra dental procedures or even private physiotherapy that avoids long waiting lists.

Saving for your retirement
It’s also important to save for your retirement. A lot of people do this through a pension scheme or a similar plan, but it’s never a bad idea to have your own emergency savings ready for when you finally retire. Since your retirement should be entirely focused on giving you time to relax and live out the rest of your life in comfort, you should save up enough money so that your financial situation doesn’t become an issue.

Those with poor financial planning will find that retiring is simply something that doesn’t seem feasible. Whether it’s continuing to pay off your mortgage or paying back your debts, there are far too many expenses that you need to consider when you finally retire and if you’re not actively earning an income then it can become extremely stressful to deal with. Financial freedom takes a lot of time and investment, so make sure you don’t ignore the importance of saving money when you’re younger so that your retirement is more comfortable.

If you choose to rely on your pension to help you live a peaceful life after retiring, then it’s important to look at all of the terms and conditions to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible.


Don’t just save–invest your money instead
Saving money essentially means giving it to the bank and allowing interest to build up. In most cases, this interest isn’t enough to even account for inflation over a long period of time, but if you have a lot of savings then the interest can slowly build up over time and lead to a minor profit. Unfortunately, the likelihood of this happening is slim and if you have a lot of savings, there are better ways to spend it in order to grow your wealth. While not every method is guaranteed, there are a couple of relatively secure ways to invest your money and see it grow instead of just letting it sit in a bank account.

It’s important to think of investing as a long-term financial goal and not just putting money into something and hoping that it grows. For example, paying for university is a valid investment into your future if it helps you find a better job and purchasing a home can also be considered an investment. These are risky because they’re not guaranteed to work, but it if you’re willing to follow through, do your research and use the right strategies, it’s possible to generate more revenue over time that can lead to greater wealth and financial stability. The options available to you will depend greatly on the circumstances at the time, but it’s important to identify investment opportunities so that you can start growing your wealth instead of just saving it in your bank account.

In order to ensure that you can reach financial freedom, you have to incorporate both investing and saving into your financial strategy. Once you have enough savings to account for personal expenses such as your mortgage repayments, insurance premiums and basic needs, you should consider investing your excess savings to help you grow your wealth instead of allowing it to lose value over time in your bank account.


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