Infographic: How Much Should I Be Saving?

August 7, 2015 | Steve Hasbrooke

Why does saving money seem to be such a challenge? Life, that’s why. Whether we want them to or not, things happen and our savings priorities have a tendency to shift. A car breaks down, your child needs new sports equipment, a plumbing disaster floods your house twice in 6 months (trust me, it is possible). For these reasons, and so many more, it is critical to have a saving plan in place.

If you read last week’s blog, you learned about the importance of saving money and read a couple of tips on how to get started. The helpful infographic below provides a great visual explanation of how to save wisely. One of the most important things to realize is that there is no one-size-fits-all plan. The idea is for you to take a hard look at your personal situation and apply some of these tools in an effort to advance your existing savings goals, or get you started on the road to saving.

For some, these recommendations may not be within reach right away. Don’t feel discouraged—this is often the case when you first start out. Even if it means setting aside just a very small percentage of your earnings, getting started is what matters.

And don’t set it and forget it, either. It’s always a good idea to revisit your savings plan and goals, so try to reevaluate your plan every three to six months. You might be surprised how much can change in a short period of time, and it may even enable you to ramp up your savings.

Remember, every little bit helps and can add up to real savings over time. Enjoy and be sure to share the infographic below:

Click the infographic below to view the enlarged version.

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Steve Hasbrooke

Steve Hasbrooke

Steve Hasbrooke is VP Controller at Mission Federal Credit Union. He has been with Mission Fed for over 12 years, and his primary responsibilities include regulatory reporting, annual financial reporting and accounting oversight.

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