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Pay Yourself First is something I advocate with all. It is even more important once you get your stimulus check. If possible use the check to start an emergency fund. If nothing else, the coronavirus has taught us how important it is to be prepared for the unexpected.
For ongoing, one of the best ways to "Pay Yourself First" is to allocate a certain dollar amount to save, every time you get paid, have it automatically deposited to an online only savings account then FORGET ABOUT IT.
It is important that this dollar amount is included in your regular budget and is sustainable. What I mean by sustainable is, you should be able to consistently save this amount without blowing your budget.
So if this happens to be a good week or month of income and you start with a $100 deposit this pay period and the next and the $100 causes you to blow our budget that results in you taking some out of your savings that defeats the intended purpose of set and forget about it. The purpose is to see the money increase. So start small, put it in an online savings account and forget about it helps make it sustainable. I prefer you start with something like $20 per pay cycle and do the $20 every pay period. Then assess every 3-6 months to see if there is an opportunity in your budget for you to increase that amount being saved. This way your money is being increased and you are earning simple and compounding interest.
When searching for an online only savings account you want to choose the one that works best for your individual situation.
Things to consider:
The below are a few online savings accounts for you to consider. Note as I write this the information it is subject change. As an example the interest rate is something that is subject to change.
Capital one 360
- Capital one to another bank - 2-3 business days (48-72 hours)
- Will take 3 business days when requested before 1 am Et on Monday- Friday
- 1 day when requested before 7:30pm Et on Monday-Friday
Marcus By Goldman Sachs
- Wire transfer - 1 hour
American Express Savings
When you make the transfer it will let you know when the funds will be in the account you are transferring it to. So you may be saying to yourself, do I need another account for this money to be transferred to and the answer is yes.
For point of comparison of online savings banks interest rates to the local banks. Local banks are like 0.35% interest rates and local credit unions may be a bit more but by far the online only savings account will yield you. The key to earning interest on the money is keeping in the account and letting it accumulate over time.
I love the quote by M.K. Asante Jr. "When you make an observation, You have an obligation". This goes nicely with this topic. How? Because we have observed how what we knew as normal can change in the snap of a finger and we have an obligation to be prepared financially weather the storm.
Remember, the steps are:
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Great advice, so many people who were risking life without an emergency fund are suffering more stress than they needed to right now. Of course I was a high earner so it is easy for me to be judgy, and I don’t want to me. But if more people follow your advice the next uh oh event that happens will be less scary.
4/22/2020 05:16:42 pm
Thank you. I hope some do follow my suggestions.
4/22/2020 05:17:32 pm
Rox - thank for sharing another saving account option. 1.5% is fantastic .
6/11/2020 01:20:37 pm
I have a Credit union accy
6/17/2020 11:37:12 pm
Yes I do!
9/15/2021 02:34:20 pm
i have not received anymore assistance from the stimulus since April and I believe they have sent it on a credit card instead to mu bankings savings acct
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