How to Help Yourself Save for the Rainy Days

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Saving money today is not something that is a luxury. When life throws that little curve ball our way it usually costs money. If you don’t have that rainy day fund available you can risk incurring a lot of debt. Emergency funds are necessary to have as a fall back. They are the cushion you need financially if you get sick and can’t work or if you or your spouse loses a job. It’s a fund for car repairs or an emergency flight out of town. 

You don’t have to make a lot of money to save money. Don’t give up on an emergency fund and if you don’t have one, you need to start one now. There are a lot of ways you can save up some cash and put it somewhere it can grow. 

Below are some great ways to save for those rainy days. 

Long Distance 
If you make long distance phone calls now and again then you should probably drop the long distant carrier and use the minutes on your cell phone or get a prepaid phone card. Long distance phone calls can be very expensive and the carriers of long distance calls can be draining you of money. 

Cash 
Always try to use cash when paying for clothes, food, and other items. Try to not use your credit cards at all. Most people don’t end up paying off credit cards monthly and paying for some food that you ate four months ago leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Cash makes you much more aware of what you’re spending and people tend to spend less this way. 

Cell Phone Plan 
Look at your cell phone calling plan and think about changing your plan if you have added features that are costing you too much. If you use your cell phone for mostly personal calls, you probably could get rid of call waiting, surfing the internet, video, caller ID and other added features. You can save a pretty good bit of money by cutting out added features and lowering your cell phone plan if you are going over your minutes or being charged for things you can change. 

Health Plan 
If you are married and you and your spouse both work, comparing health care plans and going with the lower cost policy may save you lots of money. Compare the out of pocket expenses and what you pay for the benefits monthly. If one employer is cheaper and you’re not with that employer, switch up. 

Library
People spend about $400 a year on renting movies, about $500 on buying books and about $250 buying music CDs per year. Think about how much you can save if you get free books from the library. Most libraries also have movies and CDs that you can borrow as well. It’s a great way to reduce costs and be entertained free!

Saving for a rainy day really can come in handy when you don’t think it will. Having that spare few hundred dollars by cutting back on some small things can mean a big difference to you one day. Use some of the tips above and begin a small savings that can grow day by day. Be ready for your rainy day!

Robert McCafferty writes about parenting, family travel & finding affordable boat insurance quotes.