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Today’s challenge is to find $100 to save. We all want to save money. It’s the “how” that causes some confusion. Below are a few ways you might be able to save $100 to put towards high cost debt, an emergency fund, or retirement. So take some time out your schedule today to find $100 to save – it’s worth it. Tell us where you found $100 to save!
Here are five ways that you can save $100 or more in 2011:
Money management and raising children are very similar. Money requires TLC just like the kids. And if you have children, you know they grow in what seems to be like lightening speed (your money can do that too). So if you begin to manage our money with a fraction of the time you spend raising your kids, first off you might be more inclined to take better care of it. Secondly, your little "clams" will stretch further than you think and grow faster than you'd ever expected. If you were to scrutinize your "money parenting", would you find yourself neglectful? Have you deprived and ignored those sweet little clams? Let's face it, money isn't everything. But, managing it well will allow you to spend it when you want, give it when you want and of course it provides financial security. It will give you freedom and peace of mind. That's all. Learning how to manage your money better takes a little education. Paying off your debt, establishing an emergency fund and saving for big expenses or even retirement takes dedication. The good news is, it's all simple math.
“We are disappointed but not surprised to learn that the economic recession took a far greater toll on the wealth of minorities than whites. The Pew Research Center’s report found that about a third of black and Hispanic households had zero or negative net worth in 2009, compared with only 15 percent of white households. These results only reaffirm that creating a culture of savings in America needs to be a top priority – especially among low-income earners. We need to continue to work diligently to encourage people to save or the wealth gap will only widen.
Some of the best, and most innovative, tips we get come from you the reader. That’s why for your weekly dose of motivation to Kick Start Your Savings we are sharing your tips. Whether it’s from our American Saver newsletter, on our Facebook page, or on our Twitter page, you are always willing to share your tips to help each other out. Keep it up! Together we can start small to save big.
Tips from American Saver
Every payday I would get a roll of quarters ($10) and put it in a jar at home. Now it’s a roll of dollars ($25) every payday to put in a jar that I don’t touch. Every other month, I deposit the rolled coins into a side account that is outside of town. That way I’m less tempted to touch it. - Linda Jones, Virginia
Credit scores affect everything from the interest rates you pay when you borrow money to whether you can rent an apartment or get a job. Obviously then, it is important to know how credit scores work and how high-interest debt can affect your credit score. However, a recent survey by Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions found that most Americans do not know what a strong score is and do not understand the financial cost of a poor score.
Credit Score Basics
Your credit score is a number lenders use to help them decide how likely it is that they will be repaid on time if they give you a loan or a credit card. This credit score is built on your credit history. The score is based on several factors, including your total debt, the types of accounts you have, the number of late payments you have made, and the age of your accounts.
Having a lower credit score means you will end up paying higher interest rates on all your consumer and mortgage loans. For example, on a $20,000, 60-month auto loan, you can pay up to $5,000 more in interest with a bad score than a good one. A low credit score can also make it harder to rent an apartment, get utility services, and even get a job.