7 Awesome Ways to Accelerate Your Savings and Build Wealth

Most Americans are saving very little money, if any at all.  I know my savings have been harder to come by in recent years. Over the last few years my income was cut almost in half due to several factors.  On top of that, we were also paying cash for my wife’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Things got pretty tight there for a while.

Saving money was not an easy thing to do, but we did manage to save a little periodically even though we were under the gun financially.

Now my income is now returning to a much more acceptable level, and Angie has a good job in her career field.

Our savings are accelerating!

But even with the increase in our income, we still need to be diligent and disciplined so we don’t spend everything we make.  We have to be sure to do the right things to build our savings for the future.

The same goes for you.

Even if you have a small income, you can still save money in most cases.  You just have to be diligent about accelerating your saving, have the right mindset, and use every technique you can find to save as much as you can.

 

7  Epic Ways to Accelerate Your Savings

Some of these tips are simple, and some require a little discipline.  However, all of them will work well to accelerate your savings when you choose to use them.

 

Find Ways to Make Extra Money

I’ve always been a huge advocate of finding ways to make extra money.  It’s a great way to increase your savings as well as pay off debt faster if you need to.

There are a ton of ways to make extra money.

I won’t go into detail about the many different ways here, but I’ve written an entire series of articles on making extra money that you can find at the link below to give you some ideas.

The CFF Money Making Ideas Page

 

Automatic Deposits

Having a percentage of your paycheck automatically deposited into a savings or investment account is an awesome way to save money.  The great thing about an automatic deposit is that you only have to set it once and forget it.

When you can save automatically, it keeps you from having to maintain the discipline to manually move money between accounts every month.  When saving is done automatically you don’t have to think about it, it just happens.  Thus your savings will accelerate and build over time without any effort from you other than setting up the auto deposit one time.

 

Acorns

Acorns is a smartphone app that allows you to save your spare change and automatically deposit it into an investment account.  Just like automatic deposits, it makes saving and investing effortless.

The Acorns home page describes it as “a virtual piggybank that puts your nickels and dimes to work”.  It allows you to invest from everyday purchases by rounding up each amount to the next dollar automatically or on-demand.  For instance, if you spend $10.49 on lunch today, then Acorn will round up the total to $11.00 and send the remaining $.51 to an investment account that is invested into a low cost ETF of your choosing.

This spare change can grow into serious cash over the years, as the average Acorn user ends up depositing $30 to $180 worth of spare change directly into their account every month.

Here’s a more detailed description of how Acorn works.

 

Do a Fiscal Fast

What is a Fiscal Fast?  It simply means that you spend as little as you can for a certain period of time (a week, month, or even a year).  You will spend money only on the necessities you need to live on, and no extras for that period of time.

Once you finish the specified period of time for your Fiscal Fast, sit down and figure out how much you saved by not going out to eat, making your own coffee, taking unnecessary trips in the car, etc.  Then deposit the money you saved into your savings or investment account.

Here’s a great article by Shannyn Allan that will show you everything you need to know about how to do a fiscal fast.

How to Do a Fiscal Fast (aka 30 Day No Spend Challenge)

 

Put Your Pay Raise in the Bank

Pay raises may not come that often, but that doesn’t mean that you should increase your lifestyle every time you get one.  Next time you get a pay raise, have the difference automatically deposited to your savings or investment account.

 

Lower Your Fixed Expenses

Everybody has fixed expenses such as cable bills, phone bills, insurance, rent, groceries, etc.  Find ways to reduce your bills and start putting the difference into savings (automatically, of course!).

You could:

  • Reduce your cable bill by getting rid of it and using NetFlix, Amazon, and other services.
  • Drop your landline and go cellphone only.
  • Compare your insurance rates and find a cheaper alternative.
  • And plenty of others…

 

Get Out of Debt

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again.  Getting out of debt is the best thing you can possibly do to accelerate your savings and eventually build a large pile of wealth.  When you can use the money you once paid toward a pile of debt to save and invest in your future, your savings will accelerate quickly.

You will wonder how your savings can multiply so fast once you get out of debt.  But when you don’t have those extra bills dragging you down, saving money is easy!

 

Accelerate Savings and Build Wealth

Using these tips (and any others you find helpful) to accelerate your savings is the best way to ensure that you are building wealth for the future.

Too many people never take the time to save as much as they should.  The result is too many people with too much debt, not saving nearly enough to one day have financial freedom.

But you can be different if you choose to take a few simple steps like the ones outlined above.

You certainly won’t become a millionaire overnight.

But one day you will if you keep it up!

Happy Saving!

Question:  Do you have any other tips to accelerate your savings?  Leave a comment and tell me your favorite.

About Dr. Jason Cabler

8 Responses to “7 Awesome Ways to Accelerate Your Savings and Build Wealth”

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  1. I’m a big fan of permanently reducing standard, monthly expenses. I totally agree with you on groceries! I think it’s easy to overspend on food–after all, it’s a necessity–but grocery bills aren’t fixed and can be reduced. My husband and I found that we were able to dramatically cut our grocery spending by eliminating most meat and dairy and focusing on healthy, unpackaged/unprocessed foods. Makes a huge difference in our spending every month!

  2. Lowering your fixed expenses and increasing your income are two big ones- unfortunately, they tend to be the strategies that people often fail to consider. I always tell people, challenge EVERYTHING and think bigger. What you think is set isn’t necessarily so.

    • Right, you can come up with some creative ways to cut expenses if you really try. That, in addition to bringing in extra income accelerates savings like nothing else!

      Thanks Stephanie!

  3. Cutting expenses and earning more were two keys for us once we got organized with our money. It help push us forward on our debt repayment. Once the repayment was complete we have a pile of cash each month to begin to build wealth from.

  4. We do everything we can to keep our big expenses fixed in place. I don’t like seeing the insurance premium increase or the cell phone bills etc. We make sure to monitor them every month and if they rise, we ask why. If the answer isn’t acceptable, then we look for alternatives.

    As for a savings tip, I save my savings. When I go grocery shopping for example, my receipt shows how much I saved. I enter the total amount I spent, plus the savings into my budget. I then transfer the savings to my savings account. It’s usually $15-$20 a week extra that I save. Recently though they have sent me some coupons and I’ve been saving closer to $40! I do this everywhere I save money too, not just the grocery store.

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