- Transfer money automatically from my checking account to my savings accounts every pay period.
- Pay my bills immediately using electronic bill pay.
- Subtract any spending from my budget within two days.
- Spend no more than I allocate for each spending category.
- Contribute to my retirement accounts regularly.
- Keep a well-funded emergency savings account (at least two months worth of spending).
My emergency savings has come in handy as one of my cats was extremely ill. With all her treatments, an emergency over a holiday, room and board for several days stay at the veterinary clinic, the costs really added up. My emergency fund was able to cover this unexpectedly large expense.
Being a homeowner is an expensive responsibility. The lone mature tree on my property has never been in good condition but looked to have some years left. A recent diagnosis left me with a shortened life span and the need to plant a new tree close by as soon as possible. My house savings account has enough money to help me fund this unexpected expense.
The bottom line is I spend less than I earn by keeping myself on track with automatic savings and a spending plan. What have you found that works for you?