Different types of savings everyone should have!

In all of my budgeting posts, I mention frequently the importance of turning a big portion of your income into savings. This is a habit we should all have because if we hustle and plan ahead when we are young, our future will be more peacefully and we will be able to enjoy every moment with the people we love.

If you’d like to learn how to budget your income then you should read the posts I’ve written about it: How to budget your income, Beginners guide to the “Cash Envelope” system and the Beginners Guide to the “50/30/20” method.

These are the types of savings we should all have.

1.Emergency Fund

This an extremely important saving you should have. It will help you “survive” in a crisis. If, for some reason, you are left without a job or can’t work because of an illness or you might need to assist a family member, then having this money will make things less stressful.

It should be 6 months to a year worth of bills and debt payments, as well as groceries and other needs.

2. Investment

Having money on the side for future investments that will make you more money, is actually a really good strategy for the future. For example, it could be money to invest in a property so you can rent it and make it a source of passive income. It should be something to start thinking once all of the more urgent savings accounts are more secure.

3. Long-term Savings

This type of savings is meant for something that you know you are going to want or need in the next 10 years. It could be, for example, a house, certain debts covered, university funds for your children, etc.

4. Short-term Savings

If you’re planning, in the next 5 years, upgrading to a new or bigger car/house or for example you want to renovate your space, or even a holiday this is exactly the type of savings account you’ll need.

5. Retirement

This is probably the most important one because we know this is inevitable, we are going to retire someday and we’ll need a fund to live off. Since it’s something more down the road it means we have more time to save but it also means that we have an opportunity to save more and make our retirement less stressing and more enjoyable.

So these are the several account savings we should have. I know not everyone has an income that can cover all of this, but what I want to transmit to you is that even a small amount of money towards them, will have a really positive impact on your future.

Check 5 simple ways to make extra money if you’d like to have a few ideas to earn extra money.

Thank you for reading it and I’ll see you in my next post.

Beginners Guide to the “50/30/20” System

There are several budgeting techniques and it makes the process of choosing which one works best for us a bit overwhelming. So, my goal is to explain the several existing methods, in order to make your decision slightly easier.

I also have a Beginners guide to the “cash envelope” system, if you want to learn a bit more about it.

The 50/30/20 categories

50%- corresponds to every need you have throughout the month. These needs might be rent/mortgage, utilities, groceries, car payments, etc.

30%- corresponds to your wants. For example clothes, memberships, subscriptions, dining out, etc.

20%- corresponds to your savings.

How to budget according to this system?

1.Figure out the exact amount you can work with

I always start with this step in all my budgeting posts but trust me, this is crucial in for you to succeed at it. You need to know the amount that is left after deducting your taxes, social security, etc.

2.Calculate the amount for each category 

Income (step1) * 0,5= Needs

Income (step1) * 0,3= Wants

Income (step1) * 0,2= Savings

These will be the exact amounts you’ll be able to spend on each category.

Tip: try to stay under budget in the needs and wants categories, that way, you will be able to add more to your savings. Enabling you to create future investments, savings account, an emergency fund or even pay off any debt quicker.

Feel free to adjust the percentages if you think that will benefit you. Overall, it’s a really good method to start a budgeting journey and increase your savings.

Thank you for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

Beginners Guide to the “Cash Envelope” System

The “cash envelope” method is a great way to save money, to pay off debt and even to build your retirement account. It’s actually an easy way of achieving some of your goals, you get to save for that dream holiday, for the house of your dreams, for the huge wedding you’ve always dreamt of or even to plan the move for the country you’ve always wanted to live in.

So, here’s how this method works:

1.Figure out what you can work with.

Start with your tax and expenses free income. Know exactly the amount you’ll be able to take out of your bank to use it on the envelopes. Keep in mind, some things are paid with your debit card, just make sure to incorporate them on your budget.

If you need help making your budget, you can read this post that I wrote on How to budget your income.

2. The categories

This step may be different from mine. I’ll give a few examples with my categories, but you should adjust them to your life. Mine are: Groceries, needs, knowledge investment and fun money.

3. Choose the envelopes

Try to get envelopes with different colours, this will help you memorize which envelopes correspond to which categories and also because they’re cuter! I use paper envelopes but there are other envelope systems, for example, the Dave Ramsey’s.

4. Fill your envelopes

Now that you know your budget and you have the categories on your envelopes, you can start filling them with the specific amount that you designated for each.

Don’t forget to leave the money meant for the things you’ll pay with the debit card in the bank.

5. What’s next?

Well, now you go shopping and only spend what’s in the envelopes. Some people like to just have their envelops when they’re going shopping. To be quite honest, it’s something that bothers me, so when I go shopping I take the amount from the specific category and put it in my purse.

6. At the end of the month

Whatever is left on the envelopes and on my bank account that I didn’t use that month, I put it into savings. That was key to sky-rocket my savings account.

I really hope you try this method. Thank you for reading it. I will see you in my next post.

How to budget your income

1. Taxes, how much you’ll have to pay
In some countries taxes are deductible before you get your income and in others you’ll have to pay it yourself. How much you’ll pay will depend on your situation.

2. Make a list of your monthly obligations
Figure out how much you’ll spend on rent, bills, monthly subscriptions, etc.

3. Make a list of your monthly needs
Write down every single need that you have every month. For example: your hygiene items, household products, food, medicine you might need, etc.

4. Budget your income 
4.1 Start by subtracting your taxes and your monthly obligations to your income. Then split that amount by 2. One half will go to savings and the other will be the amount you’ll use for the month.

4.2 Now that you know exactly how much you can spend during the month, you can start budgeting. 15% of that amount will be your “fun money”. You get to use it for things that aren’t a necessity but will bring you happiness! For example, use it for going to the cinema, buy that makeup that you wanted, etc.
The rest, the remaining 85%, will cover the list you made prior: your necessities.
Tip: try to be under budget on the last segment, you’ll get to use the money for savings or for other fun moments.

Thank you for reading this and I’ll see you in my next post.