Saving money these days seems difficult but there are some simple ways to help save more right now. First you should try to eliminate any debt you may have already, particularly if you’ve only been paying off the interest. Itemizing what you owe and to who will give you a good idea of how this can help you out, often with multiple bills it’s difficult to see just how much of your income is going to these drains. The sooner the better as you’ll end up paying less in interest. However if you wish to start saving immediately then you may want to look into consolidating your debts as this will make for a lower overall interest payment.
Next you should create a plan for your savings, having a set of goals helps you organize your resources and work towards those objectives. Part of your plan should include better financial planning. This can be as simple as examining what you feel you need from the money you save, as short term and small as a new sofa or as large and long term as a down payment on a house or a retirement plan, having these ends in mind will give you something to work towards. Part of this should also be establishing timelines for these goals, don’t give yourself leeway to procrastinate by not setting a time frame for yourself. Afterwards take your monthly budget and see what can be managed realistically. Be sure to include pet costs such as food and miscellaneous services like weekly poop cleanup. It’s much easier to break it down and see how much you would be able to save by month or even on a weekly basis. If you don’t have a budget to work with, that is a big problem. It’s much easier to manage your income and be able to save when you’re aware of what you have and what you use, without one you can’t be aware of what you spend and how to trim costs. SuperMoney has lot of great personal finance tools reviewed that can help you with better personal finance planning. With these simple tools you should be on the right track for saving money.