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Budgeting: How Much Should You Be Saving?

Saving money is one of the best ways to achieve your financial goals. A monthly saving habit will support your financial security, take you closer to your long- and short-term financial milestones, and give you greater overall peace of mind. 

Exactly how much should you be saving each month? 

You will identify your savings needs, make meaningful savings contributions, and stay on track with your goals for your future if you: 


Creating budget enables you to spend responsibly and save effectively. If you do not already have a budget, make one! Generate a comprehensive list of your monthly expenses. Once your bills, groceries, and financial obligations are met, how much room do you have left to save? Generally, strive to save at least 20% of your monthly income. If you are struggling to meet your 20% savings marker, it may be a sign that you would benefit from increasing your earning power. 

Save, Don’t Spend. 

The best way to save is to discipline your spending. When you do spend your money, do so wisely. Plan ahead; do research before making new purchases. If you do not truly need an item, choose to save, rather than spend. Keep in mind that saving is a form of self-reward. Saving for the future is an integral part of achieving your financial goals, including but not limited to your dreams of a comfortable retirement. Spending may feel fun in the moment, but savings and security are longer lasting and arguably more rewarding!

Create an Emergency Fund. 

If you are wondering how much you need to save and by when, assess the status of your emergency fund. If you do not currently have one, set a goal of setting aside at least one month’s worth of income as soon as you are able. Already have an emergency fund? Assess if you could increase your savings and make progress toward your long-term goals. 

Repay Your Debts.

Debt can reduce the amount you have available to save each month. In the interest of your savings goals, push yourself to pay down your debts, especially credit cards, sooner than later. Start with your higher interest debt balances. Struggling to reduce your credit card bill? Stop spending with them. Instead, push yourself to stick to a cash-only allowance!

You deserve financial peace of mind. More saving tips and tricks are available at the Syncis Money Blog today.