We all love to be financially secure, but only a few end up being so. Saving money is something every person should be habitual of! Yet, many people tend to save less and spend more. There are some very basic yet effective ways; using which one could start saving money.
Let’s have a look at a few of the top five tips on how to save money!
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Following are some of the best ways to save money.
Recording your expense is the first basic step that you need to do in order to save money. For a month, keep a check and record all kinds of expenses you have made. By doing this, you will have an idea of how much you are spending and wherein you need to limit your expenditure. Following the first step will lead you to the second step that is
‘making a tight budget’.
Start making your monthly budget according to your expenses. The main reason for making a tight budget is to control and curb your spending. One of the best ways to save money is to divide the salaried amount into clear expense heads. For example, you can divide it into 4 broad categories/ portions - 30% on house and food expense, 30% for lifestyle, 20% for savings and another 20% for debts/credits/loans etc.
As a thumb rule always endeavour to save 10% - 20% from the salaried amount.
Savings =Income - Expenses; is what we are endeavouring to say here! This evaluation will give you a very simple and easy way to save and spend. One important thing that everyone should practice is to make productive use of their earnings.
Limit all your extra and unnecessary spends. Visualise what all you want to have in next five years, may be a house or a vehicle? And accordingly, start saving with that as an end objective.
The next approach to saving money is by Investing! The main idea behind investing is to generate a regular income or returns in a specific period of time. With time, your investment grows and so does your money. For instance, the value of
INR 500 will not be same in the next five years (if invested!) and it may grow to more! Hence, investing is very important for everyone. However, before investing, one has to first save money! One way to get closer to your desired goals is to understand the power of compound interest. Compound interest means an interest which is not only calculated on the initial principal but also takes into consideration the accumulated interest over prior periods.
So if you are planning to save money, there are many short-term and long-term investment options that you can consider.
Have Financial goals to save money! Financial set-up can be a major backbone to you at all times of your life. Regardless of your age, setting financial goals is very important. You can target your financial goals by categorising into time frames, i.e., short-term, mid-term and long-term goals. This gives a very systematic and realistic approach to your financial goals. So if you want to save money, start setting your goals by dividing them into time frames.
Mutual Fund Options for Short, Mid & Long Term Financial Goals
Up to 1 Year
Fund NAV Net Assets (Cr) 3 MO (%) 6 MO (%) 1 YR (%) 3 YR (%) 2018 (%) Debt Yield (YTM) Mod. Duration Eff. Maturity Sub Cat. Indiabulls Liquid Fund Growth ₹1,811.24
₹5,045 1.8 3.6 7.4 7.2 7.3 6.93% 26D 29D Liquid Fund JM Liquid Fund Growth ₹50.8378
₹2,559 1.8 3.7 7.5 7.2 7.4 7.14% 13D 13D Liquid Fund DHFL Pramerica Insta Cash Fund Growth ₹241.578
₹1,794 1.8 3.7 7.6 7.2 7.4 7.48% 1M 10D 1M 10D Liquid Fund Principal Cash Management Fund Growth ₹1,652.07
₹379 1.6 3.3 -1.8 4 -1.8 6.59% 13D 14D Liquid Fund Aditya Birla Sun Life Savings Fund Growth ₹367.872
₹14,018 2.1 4.4 7.9 8 7.6 8.39% 3M 22D 4M 2D Ultrashort Bond Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 24 Mar 19
For 3-5 years horizon
Fund NAV Net Assets (Cr) 3 MO (%) 6 MO (%) 1 YR (%) 3 YR (%) 2018 (%) Debt Yield (YTM) Mod. Duration Eff. Maturity Sub Cat. Edelweiss Arbitrage Fund Growth ₹13.6945
₹2,846 1.4 3.1 6.1 6.2 6.1 7.4% 3M 18D 3M 25D Arbitrage Principal Hybrid Equity Fund Growth ₹76.94
₹1,638 2.9 0.7 5.1 16.5 -1.5 8.29% 2Y 14D 2Y 7M 17D Hybrid Equity ICICI Prudential MIP 25 Growth ₹42.3354
₹1,589 2.5 5 8.4 10.5 5.1 9.8% 1Y 6M 18D 1Y 10M 13D Hybrid Debt Kotak Equity Arbitrage Fund Growth ₹26.3417
₹12,790 1.4 3.1 6.2 6.2 6.3 0% Arbitrage Aditya Birla Sun Life Equity Hybrid 95 Fund Growth ₹750.18
₹13,141 3.1 1.2 2.8 10.9 -5 9.31% 1Y 7M 17D 2Y 3M 22D Hybrid Equity Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 22 Mar 19
For 5 years & above
Fund NAV Net Assets (Cr) 3 MO (%) 6 MO (%) 1 YR (%) 3 YR (%) 5 YR (%) 2018 (%) Sub Cat. Tata India Tax Savings Fund Growth ₹17.9189
₹1,598 6.4 5.9 6.7 15.7 -8.4 ELSS IDFC Infrastructure Fund Growth ₹15.03
₹847 4 -3.2 -15.1 13.6 14.1 -25.9 Sectoral Sundaram Rural and Consumption Fund Growth ₹41.1129
₹2,328 0.8 -0.3 1.2 17 18.9 -7.8 Sectoral DSP BlackRock Natural Resources and New Energy Fund Growth ₹32.427
₹383 3.7 -6.1 -5 21.9 20.4 -15.3 Sectoral Aditya Birla Sun Life Banking And Financial Services Fund Growth ₹28.51
₹1,533 5.4 6.9 10.5 21.5 22 -2.4 Sectoral Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 22 Mar 19
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You might have always imagined yourself being financially independent or owning a house/car, or traveling to the best places or giving a good lifestyle to your family and so on… But, to fulfill all these desires the most important thing is to save money’. The more you save, the better life you can live thereof. However, many people tend to fail in this exercise due to procrastination. So, stop procrastinating and start saving now!
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