If you read the blog, like us on Facebook, or follow @AmericaSaves on Twitter, you know that we love to share the best tips and advice on personal finance, savings, budgeting, and managing debt that we can get our hands on. We realize, though, that often the best advice comes from you, the saver.
We’ve asked you to submit your savings stories to us online and we’d like to share with you what fellow savers have to say.
Maria McGraw of Groveport, OH says:
“Everyone NEEDS a true emergency fund. My family was skating by without a true emergency fund; we relied on our credit cards. We were ‘making it’ until a few things broke down, a couple of medical bills came along, and both of us were laid off during the same month. Suddenly, we were scrambling and looking for answers. I read an e-mail about having an emergency fund and wished we had one. I decided that we would make it through the mess by getting back to work, being frugal, and selling everything that we could - then once we caught up we would truly prepare for things that might come up. We now have a three-month emergency fund and those things that used to be an emergency are more like little things that just happen.”
Katherine Meier of Tremont, IL says:
“My husband and I have always made it a point to pay ourselves first. Before he retired, we used his employer's plan to put away a matching percentage of our own savings in our 401K plan. We put 6% right off the top into savings and saw a matching 6% from his employer. By paying ourselves first, we were able to take advantage of ‘free’ money.”
Patrice Powers-Barker of Toledo, OH says:
“With two pre-teens in the house, there were too many days we were coming home from work and school to find lights and appliances on in the home that had been on all day. The kids volunteered to monitor themselves and had to be honest if they were the last ones to leave something on. If they were the ones wasting electricity and running up the electric bill they would forfeit their favorite electronic appliance for one day (TV, computer, hair straightener, etc). A couple times of that and they were great at turning things off! Once we got it under control, we were saving $10-$15 a month on the electric bill just by turning off the television and lights and other appliances when no one was at home.”