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The 1-Percent Savings Solution

Want a simple, pain-free plan to increase your savings in 2020? CPA, author, and blogger Mike Piper says to save 1 percent more. “Increase your savings contributions by 1 percent of your gross income,” suggests Piper.

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Just 1 percent—a good get-started savings plan!

It might be difficult to imagine how such a small change could make any difference at all, but according to Piper, this strategy can work wonders, especially if you are young. It’s so simple: get a savings plan.

Anything you can do to become a consistent saver is going to come back to bless you in the future. A personal program of consistent savings does more than increasing your bank account. It changes your attitude. It quiets your insatiable desires and moves you away from the financial edge where it is easy to worry and panic.

Money in the bank changes everything.

We Americans are not very good savers, but getting better!. As of this writing, the personal savings rate in the U.S. is right at 7.8 percent of disposable personal income.

To add perspective, the average annual gross income per person works out to just about $50,413 per year. A 1 percent increase would boost annual savings by just $504 from $3,932 per year to $4,436 annually. Or for some from $0 to $504. Hey, it’s a start!

It’s not easy

I understand that saving money isn’t easy. That’s because the cost of everything seems to be rising and there are so many things our families need. It takes courage and creativity to stretch the money far enough to last until the next payday. I get it.

But I also know how easy it is to turn “wants” into “needs.” You know what I’m thinking about and that would be your cable TV bill and data plans for your smartphones. I’m talking about fast food, restaurant meals, and fancy coffee drinks. Money has a way of leaking out of our lives. If you’re smart you’ll start to notice and do something to plug the leaks so you can stick with your savings plan.

Uncertainty ahead

I don’t know what the future holds but I do know that bright economic times don’t last forever. Things are uncertain. That’s why we need to get our heads out of the sand and plan accordingly.

If you knew for certain that exactly six months from today you would lose your household income, that for a season you would have to survive on what you had saved, how would you prepare?

You don’t know what is going to happen this year, so why not go ahead and begin to prepare as if yours will be the worst-case scenario. Then if all is well in six months, you’ll have started a nice nest egg. Get tough, be strong.

One percent

Just one piddly percent more than you are saving now. For some that would mean starting from scratch—saving just one percent of your paycheck. For others, simply increase savings.

Don’t think about it. Just do it. Don’t flinch, don’t overthink. Just designate a place to save it and then get ‘er done. Every day find your motivation and inspiration for ways to do that right here at Everyday Cheapskate. That’s what we’re all about—finding every way possible to save time and money … every day!

I’ll check back this time next year to see how this has worked out for you. I’m smiling because I already know.

I can’t wait for you to find out.

 

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  1. VICKIE H MAY says:

    I have my retirement account set up to automatically increase 1% every year. Most years, I get between a 2-5% raise, so I figure, I won’t miss the 1% that I didn’t have last year.

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  2. Beth Sherrill says:

    social security goes up 1.6 % as of january 2020. i live on 1500.00 per month, I think saving 1% is doable, if I can, I think anyone can.

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