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Create a basic household budget to figure out where your money goes. Calculate your income. Write down the total cost of all of your fixed expenses, such as rent, loan payments or car insurance. Estimate the cost of all of your variable expenses such as utility payments and groceries. Estimate the cost of your entertainment each month, such as dining out or buying concert tickets. Subtract your fixed and variable expenses from your monthly income.
Decide whether to put all or a portion of your excess income toward savings. Write the total amount you decide as your base savings amount. Aim to save at least this much each month.
Review your current budget
to see where you can make cuts. Reduce or eliminate your entertainment costs. Add this total to your monthly savings goal.
Review your budget for subscription services and other unnecessary charges such as cable TV or gym memberships. Cancel these services. Add the total of your canceled services to your savings goal.
Find ways to reduce your variable costs. Start shopping sales and using coupons at the grocery store to lower you food bill. Turn off the lights when you leave a room and run your air conditioner at a higher temperature to lower your utility bill. Save the receipts from your variable expenses and calculate how much you saved after one month. Add this total to your savings goal.
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