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How can I save money when I don't have any left over after the bills are paid? Find
some money-saving tips in this article.
Nashville, Ark. – If you haven’t filed your tax returns for 2016, chances are you
are getting ready to since the deadline is fast approaching. Hopefully, you are getting
some of your hard earned money back in the form of a return. Have you made plans what
you will do with it? Have you considered saving some of it? Maybe you have already
spent your return, but would like to save money for a down payment on a car, new home
or a summer vacation. However, you may be saying, “How can I save money when I don’t
have any left over after the bills are paid?”
There’s no secret to saving money. If you are getting a tax refund, plan
to save most or at least 10 percent before using it for other things. If this is not
possible, consider saving just $1 each week for a year and increasing the savings
each week by a dollar. For example, the first week you will save $1. Place $2 in savings
the second week. Week three place $3 in savings. You get the idea. By week 52, you
will be placing $52 in savings. By the end of the year you will have saved $1,378.
If you get paid every two weeks instead of every week, make your money
work for you. Consider saving $20 the first pay period and then saving $40 the second
pay period. Sound like a lot? You can easily save $20 in one week by taking your lunch
to work each day of the week instead of eating out. Or you can save money easily by
just staying at home one night instead of going out to eat. If you save $40 out of
every paycheck while getting paid every two weeks, you will save $1,040 in one year!
In 10 years that $20 savings per week will add up to over $10,000. You may be able
to make your money work for you and invest it in something that will give you a good
return to add even more to your savings. Think about this, small changes can give
you big results if you stick with your goals!
If you receive a tax refund this year consider placing that money into
an emergency savings fund. Emergency savings are great for those unexpected things
that happen in life such as the washing machine going out, needing new tires, etc.
If you have debts, you may want to use that money to pay them off. Pay
off the ones with the highest interest first. Then work on the others.
Saving money is kind of like losing weight. It may be hard to do, but
the results are fantastic and worth it!
If you need help learning how to save money or for other financial questions,
contact the Howard County Extension Office at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located
on the second floor of the courthouse. We have lots of free information regarding
finances. The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas
Division of Agriculture.
Here is a great recipe that is low-cost and easy to make. Perfect for
1 pound chicken breast meat
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can tomatoes and green chilies or 1 can chicken broth or 16 oz. salsa
Mix taco seasoning with tomatoes and green chilies, broth or salsa. Place
chicken in slow cooker; pour taco seasoning mixture over chicken. Cook on low for
6-8 hours. Remove chicken, let cool for a few minutes, then shred chicken with two
forks. Place chicken back in slow cooker. Serve with taco shells, tostadas, or whole
wheat flour tortillas. Makes: 4 servings
*Note: consider doubling the recipe since this mixture freezes well. The meat is perfect
for chicken tortilla soup, quesadillas, or enchiladas.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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