Some of the very same people who know the importance of opening a savings account are the very same ones who ignore the fact that they should have one. The truth is, if you work and provide income for your household then you are already well aware of the importance of having a savings account. The thing is, some people spend more than what they earn and don’t want to live below their means.

Many people are unable to get ahead in life because they underestimate just how important it is to have a savings account. However, this generally leads to people learning from their mistakes at least once or more when they find themselves in times of hardship.
Trouble Ahead without a Savings

When you don’t have a savings account it can lead you to the financial crisis. Everyone hits hard times when it comes to their finances and if you aren’t doing what you can by adding that extra padding to your bank account when you receive your paychecks, then you’re headed for trouble. You have to admit that the thought of living paycheck to paycheck is a pretty scary thought. You simply never know what type of emergency or crisis you will come across that would have been so much easier to deal with had you had money collecting over time in a savings account. Below are some of the common events that could occur in life that savings can come in handy for:

• Car problems
• A death in the family
• Injury medical expenses
• Evacuation emergencies/natural disasters

These are just to name a few of the life crisis situations that could occur that would require backup funds.

What about payday loans through?

People who don’t take responsibility by putting money in their savings accounts often opt for payday loans to help them get through their financial hardships. This isn’t the smartest resort but generally, it is the last resort for many. For one, payday loans often come with high-interest rates, especially for those who don’t have the best credit scores. Interest rates are generally very high. You have to ask yourself, why would you want to pay high-interest rates when you can just use your own saved up money to pay for the things that you need?

Is using a credit card any better?

A credit card can help you to get what you need when you don’t have the money in your bank account to pay for it right away. Is this a smart choice? Not really. Credit cards often have interest rates as well, and if your credit score is low then you can expect to pay quite a bit extra when you get ready to pay the bill at the end of the month. To give you a better idea of the interest rates that you are looking to pay, a $2,000 loan would be a 20 percent interest rate from most companies that loan you money. This could take a least a couple of years for some people to pay.

Starting your Savings Fund

Now that you have a better understanding of what not to do, you can get started with opening your savings account. At first, it may seem like a daunting task if you are used to spending your money rather than saving it, but if you are motivated enough you can most definitely get into the habit of putting money aside.
This all starts by creating a budget. Make sure you have enough spending money to meet all of your needs and then put some in your savings account. Try to avoid spending on unnecessary things. Doing this may not come easy unless you have some sort of app or system to work with such as Microsoft Excel. You can use Microsoft Excel to add all of your expenses to a saved document. Make sure to add the current amount of money that is in your account onto the document, and regularly update that amount so that you know exactly how much money you will have leftover to spend for the month.

Bills & Priority Expenses

In your Excel file, you will want to make sure that you add all of the bills and your most important expenses for the month. Add the estimated total that each bill will cost and total it out so that you will know how much money you need to pay your bills. Once you know how much you need for bills, and other expenses, such as gas and food, the money that is leftover can be put into your savings account.

What about Spending Money?

Spending money would be considered the money that you have leftover for doing ‘fun’, extra things. Make sure you try to put at least half of the leftover money in savings and then use the rest for your leisure.

Author's Bio: 

Pooja Khanna is a Marketing And Training Manager at Sedate Technologies specialized in developing fully responsive themes and websites. She has a passion for WordPress and user interface design and enjoys working with a variety of entrepreneur and small business all over the world.