Do You “Pay Yourself First”? August 27, 2020

Do You “Pay Yourself First”?

We often tell ourselves that we will save what is left over from our salary but few have the discipline to do so. One of the best ways to enforce disciplined savings is to set aside a sum of money before paying our bills. Have you been “paying yourself first” before you begin paying your monthly living expenses and making discretionary purchases?

“Pay Yourself First” is a personal finance strategy of increased and consistent savings and investment before doing anything else. The sooner you kick-start this, the better your finances could become. Not only can you take advantage of compound growth which aids in growing your money faster, it also helps to ensure that your financial goals can be achieved even before any need arises.

However, “pay yourself first” could be easier said than done especially for people who are not financially savvy. Ultimately, it is all about being disciplined and cultivating a habit.

The golden rule is to inject some discipline and commitment by allocating a certain sum of your salary aside before spending any discretionary amount.

This simple method will guide you in achieving your financial goals such as building an emergency fund, buying a house, education, retirement etc.

Making “Pay Yourself First” autopilot

Adopting this “Pay Yourself First” mindset can be challenging as old habits and routines are hard to break.

Regardless, new habits can be cultivated easily; instead or trying to remember “paying yourself first”, make this process automatic. By setting aside your savings on an automatic mode, this habit will naturally kick in and it will be part of your routine.

With a routine in place, it will build long-term disciplined savings which will be beneficial for you in the long run.

Some Tips on “Paying Yourself First”:

  • Allocate a certain percentage from your paycheck and assign this amount in a range of savings vehicles, depending on your financial objectives
  • Begin by setting aside 10% – 20% from your monthly income
  • Commit to the amount you have set before weighing out the money into other expenses
  • Repeat this cycle on a monthly basis till it becomes a routine
  • Consider increasing your committed amount once you have cultivated this habit

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