When Getting out of debt-Do not forget your savings
Most people when they think about getting out of debt, they throw all the money that they make at the problem. We need to also not forget about setting some aside for "that rainy day". When there is nothing wrong with trying to get out of debt as quickly as possible. It is important to have that little extra set aside for those unexpected emergencies.
Most experts will recommend setting aside 10-15% of their income every month for retirement. This is a good goal to have but an individual trying to get out of debt may not have the luxury of setting that much aside every month. While cutting spending and paying off bills is crucial to living debt-free, that does not mean that a person should completely give up on the idea of savings altogether until they are out of debt. Even if it is a small amount, it is still important to set something aside regularly.
The importance of having money in savings if difficult to overstate. Because unexpected occurrences befall everyone, having money to fall back on rather than going further in debt to cover unexpected expenses is crucial to getting out of debt and staying out of it. Without that little extra set aside you may find that you have no choice but to borrow from the bank or use high interest credit cards. Whether a person find themselves needing extra money because they have lost their job or are facing unexpected repair bills, having interest-free money that they can use is always better than the alternative.
Make sure that you look carefully over your expenditures and income to decide how much you can comfortably set aside. Remember when those extra bonuses come in don't go blow them on things you don't need set part of that extra aside for the future. Rather than being discouraged by small amounts that you can set aside. remember every little bit helps. A little is better than nothing.
A Savings account is a type of bank account used for deposits and withdrawals of money saved for future use.
A Savings account benefits the bank and the account holder. The bank benefits because it raises the level if deposits made into the bank. The benefit to the customer is that the money deposited over a period of time can have financial benefits. The money in a savings account can pay for emergency expenses or help an account holder during a difficult financial period.
There are different types of savings accounts. Some financial institutions offer a variety of options for customers to save money. Make sure that you talk to a bank representative about all the benefits of the different types. Make a decision on the type based on what is going to work best for your budget. Also make sure to check out the interest rates see which one is going to benefit you for the money that you are going to be putting into your account.
Deposit Larger amounts
Most financial institutions offer different tiers of savings accounts to customers. The highest interest rates usually go to customers with the largest balances. This is because the more capital a financial institution has from customer balances, the more it can invest and claim as assets. Interest rates get even higher for customers who are willing to put money into savings accounts that are a little more access-restrictive, such as a Money Market account CD's. High interest rates are often a feature of high-risk investment savings accounts too.
Interest can work upon interest when compound interest comes into play. This is what happens when the interest you earn becomes a portion of your balance and therefore starts to collect interest. In other words, you're earning interest off the interest the financial institution has paid you. Compound interest is a way to get the most out of interest-bearing savings accounts, and it's one of the main reasons why a higher interest rate can be such an effective means of making extra money if you have a substantial balance in a savings account.
We all want to have savings and yet be able to take care of the bills that we have. Here are some ideas to help increase available cash.
1. Change your Federal and/ or State tax withholding
Many people look forward to receiving tax refunds. they enjoy the "surprise" Money that arrives in the mail in late winter or early spring. This might seem nice, but the truth is that taxpayers would be better off reducing the amount of payroll tax withholding and investing the excess money out of each paycheck or using it to pay down debt. There are numerous reasons for this, but the main reason id that excess withholding represents and interest-free loan to the government. The excess withholding could have gone into an investment account or it could have been used to eliminate high interest debt. By giving it to the IRS, it will sit idle until you receive a refund, at tax time.
Tax withholding is usually set at a higher level than necessary, so why not change your federal tax withholding and make use of these funds right now? By increasing your number of exemptions, your Federal tax withholding will decrease, resulting in more cash in your pocket. True, this means your Federal refund will be smaller than usual when you file your taxes next year, but why give the IRS and interest free loan when you could be using this extra money to pay off high-interest debt? Increasing your exemptions for State withholding will have the same effect. However, since taxes tend to be much lower than Federal taxes, the impact will be minimal.
2. Refinance your existing Mortgage at a lower rate
Interest rates are at an all time low. Mortgage rates are quite possibly a few points lower than they were when you obtained your original mortgage. Refinancing at a lower rate can have a noticeable impact on your mortgage payment and hence free up a large amount of cash each month. Generally speaking, the homeowner must have an equity position equal to twenty percent or more of the property value in order to refinance and there are usually closing costs to pay. However, there are some incentive offers available to encourage refinancing and the resulting mortgage payment can often be significantly lower than before. This adds up to some extra cash in your pocket that will continue from this day forward, until the loan is retired.
3. Consolidate Debt using a Home equity Loan
If you have a significant amount of equity in your home, you may qualify for a home loan. With a home equity loan, the homeowner can receive cash-up front. This cash then can be used to pay off high-interest debt. The payback on these loans is usually spread over many years, resulting in a monthly payment that will likely be much lower than the payments made to the high interest debt. Not only that, but hoe equity loans provide an added advantage: The interest is tax-deductable much like the interest on a primary mortgage. This can result in significant savings over time as well as provide a much-needed boost to your monthly cash flow.
4. Transfer credit card debt to a new card with a low introductory rate if interest
Credit cards can consume household cash flow with abandon and most financial experts agree that credit cards should be paid off as quickly as possible. Temporary relief can sometimes be found via transfers to other credit cards with lower interest rates. It is common to find credit cards with these deals that offer the cardholder a very low rate of interest for a specified amount of time, usually six months. Make sure that you evaluate the specifics before choosing this option.
5. Request a lower interest rate from your existing credit card holders
it's easy. Call the customer service telephone number on your credit card statement and ask. It's that simple. They may say that you need to speak with a manager or supervisor; so agree. you may need to explain your reasons for doing so. You may also suggest to them that there is an offer on your desk right now for one year no interest for a credit transfer but you would like to continue doing business with your existing credit card company.
These are just some simple steps to help jump start your savings while still paying your bills.