If you’re trying to save, be it for a new home or a lavish holiday, yet you are failing to reach your goals, you are probably worrying where you are going wrong. Saving isn’t as easy as putting away the money you have spare every month. You need to have a plan. With that in mind, read on to discover the saving mistakes you are probably making.

Not having a plan – One of the biggest mistakes people make is failing to have a savings plan. If you don’t have a plan, you won’t be able to save effectively. You need to determine how much money you have coming in every month, and how much money you have going out. If you’re spending a greater amount than you earn, this is the first problem you need to address. You have to look for ways to make savings, from cancelling subscriptions to calling up your utility company. Once you have done this, you need to determine how much money is left over every month. Set aside a realistic amount for living expenses, and then you will be able to determine how much you can save every month. By having a structured plan in place, you will save more effectively. You will also find it much easier too. 

Saving while you’re in debt – While there is nothing wrong with saving while you’re in debt, after all everyone should have an emergency fund, you need to ensure that sorting out your debts is your priority. If you aren’t paying off your credit card bills on time, and you are allowing your debts to build up, you’re only going to be costing yourself more money. There are plenty of credit card debt relief programs and companies that can assist you if you feel at a loss. The road to being debt-free may seem a long and difficult one, but the sooner you tackle it, the better.

Buying on impulse – With every purchase you make, you need to carefully consider where you are going to buy the item. Nowadays, you have a whole plethora of stores to choose from, no matter what you are buying. There are then special deals and discounts to take into account, as well as the voucher codes that are available online. Before you buy anything, make sure you do a cost comparison and a search online for discounts. You can then put the difference into your savings account.

Choosing cheap over value – Last but not least, when making savings, you need to look at more than the price tag. Something may be cheap to begin with, but it can end up costing you more money over time if you do not invest in value. For example, what is the point in paying for an insurance plan if it does not provide you with the full coverage you require?

If you are making any of the saving errors that have been mentioned above, it is important to change your approach to saving. Follow the advice that has been provided and you are bound to notice a difference.

Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.