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六种方法 在紧张的预算中节省

2020年8月13日 4分钟

If you're on a tight budget or if your income was recently reduced, you might think it's impossible to save. 但事实并非如此. 事实上, if you're in a tight spot like that, you actually need the extra savings even more so you have the 应急资金 available for the unexpected. Here's six ways to save when your money is lean.

改变 你的饮食方式

The average meal eaten out costs over $13 per person as of 2021, according to Money Under 30. A similar meal prepared at home costs around $4 for groceries – a savings of $9 per meal. This means restaurant meals are over 300% more expensive than meals prepared at home, on average. If you're eating out every day (or many days) at work, consider prepping your lunches at home instead. 寻找 savings while you grocery shop to cut expenses even more.

Become a coupon cutter and 寻找网上交易

Instead of tossing out the coupons that come in your mailbox, look for the ones that could help you save money – but only on the things you're already buying. Search around online to find deals too. The key is to only use those coupons for what’s already part of your monthly budget – don't get lured into buying something you don't need just because there's a great coupon for it.

将每个类别进行切割 of your budget just a little bit

当资金紧张时, it might seem impossible to find even an extra $50 left over at the end of the month. But you can come up with a surprising amount of money if you cut every budget just a little. If you don't know what categories you're spending on each month, then you need to 做预算.

Once you know how much is going to each category each month, trim at least $5 to $10 off that category. (Some categories – like rent – can’t be trimmed. Others – like electricity bills – can be trimmed if you change your habits.) If you have six categories of spending and trim $10 off four and $5 off two, you’ve got an extra $50 you can deposit into your 货币市场选择 每月结帐. 在年底, that translates to $600 in your emergency fund, enough to cover a large range of emergencies!

考虑 削减大额开支

Depending on what your needs and goals are, you may need to consider cutting back your larger expenses as well. For many people, these expenses are for housing and transportation.

Some changes may be easier to make than others. Could you switch to the bus instead of driving every day? Other changes may require more consideration – such as finding a roommate or selling your car. These types of changes can yield big savings. Just be sure to think through the ramifications before taking the leap.

换成现金 日常开支

换成现金 for your daily expenses, particularly for groceries, dining out and entertainment. 当你外出时, take only what you’ve allocated to spend – for example, $100 in cash for groceries or $25 in cash for a meal out. This gives a hard limit to your spending.

It may feel difficult having to put things back at the store before heading to checkout, but you won’t be able to spend what you don’t have.

自动储蓄 与Patelco

汽车mating your savings is also an excellent way to make sure you save. There’s two common ways to automate savings. The first option is using Patelco在线 to set up an automatic transfer to your 支票账户 each week, every two weeks or every month. Sign in, hover over Transfer & Pay in the main menu, and then tap or click on Transfers to get started.

The second option is talking to your employer about splitting your direct deposit. One portion would go into a 支票账户 for your monthly expenses and the other portion would go into your 储蓄账户.

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