10 Simple Ways To Start Saving Money

Saving money one percent more than previously is better than nothing, so try your hardest and stick it out.

Saving money and budgeting can seem basically unreachable when there appears to be an expense every way we turn. How do people do it? How do they stay committed enough? Well, budgeting can be moderately simple. That is, as long as you are genuinely committed.A person stacking coins on top of a table

These budgeting and savings tips are ones that you can start doing today to bring you a stable financial future. We’re not telling you to eat one meal daily and sell all your possessions merely. You’ll undeniably want to commit to these realistic and attainable saving methods if you’re saving or planning a budget.

Sit Down With Your Money

Update yourself weekly on your spending. Did you spend more than you wanted to on food or entertainment? Are there areas where you didn’t expect to spend? Informing yourself about your financial status weekly will help keep your budget on track. Keep your spending on a mapped-out, goal-oriented course.

Cut Out Cable

With countless economical streaming services available, such as Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, cable seems to be an additional expense you could live without. Cable prices are only growing and are expected to increase to an average of $123 per month or $1,476 per year. That’s a relatively large amount of money that can be saved for other financial objectives.

Save On Food

Food is an essential you can’t cut out. Nonetheless, what you can cut is unnecessary spending. There are several ways to save on food that you perhaps hadn’t considered or committed to. For example, plan your weekly meals and cook at home, have a potluck with friends instead of going out, or drink your coffee at home. Dollars spent on a meal here and there can add up quickly, so it’s all about strategy.

Travel Financially Smart

With modern leverage lodging rental websites like Airbnb, Travelmob, or Housetrip, you can frequently locate a place to stay for vacation at a portion of the hotel price. Additionally, you can rent a place with a kitchen that you can cook in (to save more money), and you could even choose to rent out your place simultaneously (more money!).

Work More

This one seems apparent, but if your job permits, be sure to do it. Or get a side job or freelance. This also makes for less time for spending. 

Wait 48 Hours Before You Click “Buy”

Stop your impulse buying. Especially in the age of digital shopping, try to wait at least 48 hours before purchasing. You’ll realize that an extra jacket isn’t a necessity.


You can find numerous “do it yourself” instructions online to help you either fix things, make presents, create household beauty treatments, and more. Save money while learning a lifelong skill.

Impress Yourself, Not Others

Saving moneyYou can change your mindset to be impressed with your savings progress rather than trying to keep up with other people’s spending behaviors. Just because someone has a fancy car or purse doesn’t mean you need to buy one. Impress yourself with your money-saving abilities.

Chill With Your FOMO

The same concept pertains to the “fear of missing out” or FOMO. Just because someone can afford to go out for drinks every day, doesn’t mean you can/have to. You’ll be happier in the end with your savings achievements and won’t even be upset you missed that party.

Don’t Get Discouraged While Saving Money

Even if your savings aren’t increasing exponentially, that doesn’t mean you should quit. Begin by taking small steps, and quickly you’ll make a habit and then a lifestyle out of saving. Saving money one percent more than previously is better than nothing, so try your hardest and stick it out.

Expense Trackers – Indian

The pandemic has not just reiterated the adage ‘health is wealth’, but has also forced many to keep a check on their financial health.

With cash-strapped companies resorting to furloughs, layoffs, and pay-cuts, many from the salaried class are now seeking to tighten their purse strings. As noted by the recent consumer confidence survey of the Reserve Bank of India, drop-in discretionary spending is another new development that is gaining the limelight, aside from work-from-home and social distancing.

Reduced sources of income have reminded us that *money does not grow on trees*, and hence, has to be spent judiciously. To achieve this, you should first assess your spending habits and track your expenses. This can help you set realistic budgets and curb unnecessary spending.

FinTech Apps For Tracking Expenses


Every time you swipe your card or make a cash payment, you can make a record of it in the Monefy app. Capturing fewer details of the transactions, the app makes the process of recording easier. All you need to enter is the amount and select the category of income or expense. You can even add a tiny description of the transaction if you so wish. In the pro version (paid) of the app, you can set recurring transactions such as utility bills and salary credits. The pro version is available for a one-time fee of INR199.

The app summarises your expenses through visual graphs and diagrams making it easier to understand your cash outflows. Based on the period selected, the app throws up a pie chart explaining the break-up of your expenses. You can further view the detailed transactions grouped as a category, by clicking on that part of the pie. If you wish to alter the default categories of expenses, you can do so in the pro version.

The app scores on ease of use and simplicity. You can even export data from the app to Google Sheets, and work further on the sorting and grouping. Additionally, it offers features such as an inbuilt calculator, passcode protection, multi-currency support, and budget mode.

There are many other apps that help track your expenses manually such as Walnut and Money Manager. However, manually entering all transactions can be tedious for some, and there could be chances of errors while entering the transactions.


The Spendee app can help automate your expense tracking. Using the premium version of the app, you can link your bank accounts and credit cards. After this, the app automatically downloads your financial transactions and categorizes your expenses and incomes, using a pre-set algorithm. Aside from the transactions on your card, you can also add cash transactions manually and change the automatic grouping as well.

These premium features come at a cost though. The app has different subscription plans, ranging from INR79 to INR119 per month, or INR619-INR899 per year. The lifetime membership for the app’s premium version is available for INR7,900. A seven or 14-day trial period is also available to try the various features offered in the premium version.

However, the app’s feature to sync bank accounts is currently only available for a few banks – Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, and ICICI Bank. This can be a limiting factor for customers of other banks.

Also, if you are uncomfortable about the automatic sharing of your bank and financial transaction details, you can enter the transactions manually.

Banking apps

The mobile banking applications of some banks offer features that help you track your expenses. The features vary widely among banks. For instance, Syndicate Bank (now merged with Canara Bank) has an e-passbook application for its customers. The app offers a tool – Personal Ledger – where customers can manually tag each transaction to a particular ledger – food, education, health, fuel, travel, grocery, etc. While this scores over private apps on safety and privacy concerns, manually tagging transactions every month to a particular ledger, can be a hassle for some.

For customers of Axis Bank, the Money

Quotient feature available in their mobile banking application helps get a better understanding of their spending pattern and savings. Not only does this feature help you automatically categorize all your debit cards and credit card spends on a monthly basis, but it also gives you a trend of your expenses and savings of the last six months.

SBI’s YONO app also does a similar spending analysis, by auto-tagging and categorizing transactions.

Axis Bank’s Money Quotient also allows comparison of the spending, saving, and investment habits of the customer with peers with similar demographics, life stage, income profile, etc, within the region category (metro, semi-urban, etc).

My Money

A personal finance management tool available within the internet banking facility of ICICI Bank also has useful features. Not only does the tool help categorize and summarise your expenses automatically from all accounts – loans, deposits, savings account, credit card, and Demat account – with ICICI Bank, but you can also link accounts from over 200 other (non-ICICI Bank) institutions and get an overall picture of your financial status. This can be beneficial for customers who have multiple bank accounts and credit cards. Customers can also get email alerts if they overshoot their budgets and can set reminders for monthly bills.

My Money is however available only for ICICI Bank’s savings accounts customers and is free for the first 30 days. After that, annual charges of INR300 plus taxes shall be debited from the savings account.

How To: Budget your Money

If you are on a fixed income or need to save money its probably best to start by creating a budget for yourself. Whether you need to pay off bills or just are in need of saving money for future projects or events it’s never too late to start. Whatever the reason behind wanting to budget your money should be the push you need to choose your budget and stick with it.

Determine Income/Expense

The first thing you should do is figure out how much total income you make as well as total household bills and debts that need to be paid. If you have the ability to pay your bills online this will save you time and money in the long run. Also, you will be able to calculate how much they exactly are if you are paying them at the same time.
Bills that are common for most individuals are things such as mortgage payments, car payments, normal household bills, and food. Try to fix your budget so you’re paying bills that are a must and leaving a bit of extra for an occasional splurge. While you still need to have the freedom to go out or spend on yourself occasionally you will have to be serious about how to budget your money or you will fail.

Where to Put Your Money

Once you have figured out your budget you should invest the money either in a CD or savings account that will gain interest. Try to put money into your savings account out of each paycheck or a part of the extra money that comes in. Aside from your savings account if you are in need of paying off bills then split a part of your paycheck to go towards the savings account while the rest of it goes to paying off high-interest credit cards or loan payments.

Goals and Stress

By setting a budget your finances you will not only help to reduce the stress of financial worries but you will also slowly be taking on a more responsible you. By this I mean you are learning restraint and responsibility at the same time. This will benefit you later down the line when you actually need to purchase an expensive item or need a loan for a must-have such as a house or automobile.
You should always try to work towards your goal monthly and if you happen to slip don’t be too hard on yourself because it will take time to change your lifestyle especially if budgeting is a drastic change from what you’re originally used too.


While it may seem that you are the only one who is currently struggling with the way the economy is today many others are in the same shoes and needing to learn to manage their money better as well. There are also counselors that can provide you with tips on how to budget your money and to plan for the future. Keep in mind that regardless of how bad things may seem if you are willing to put in a bit of work you can fix any issues even if it takes time.