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Does saving a little "here and there" really make a difference?
Remember the saying, "A penny saved is a penny earned?" Unfortunately, many tend to ignore the message behind this old adage because they fail to look at the long term effect of saving. Savings can be more valuable than earnings. Consider this: if you cut your expenses by just $1, you save a full dollar. On the other hand, if you pay 30% in taxes, to make enough to spend a dollar you would have to earn $1.43. In higher tax brackets you must earn even more.
This is just a simple example of how small savings
add up to big dollars. On a larger scale, think about
your weekly grocery expense. If you pay 30% in taxes,
spend 20 minutes a week clipping grocery coupons for
items you would buy anyway, and save $20 as a result,
that is the equivalent of a raise of nearly $30 a week.
So clip coupons, save that loose change, and watch your savings grow!
Sandra McKinnon, Consumer & Family Economics Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
Cynthia E. Crawford, Ph.D., Consumer & Family Economics Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Monday, July 28, 2008