Friday, July 20, 2012

Summer Savings Time!

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far. It's been a hot one in my area without a lot of rain - which is great for activities but not so great for the lawns or crops. A little rain in small doses might be just what the doctor ordered to help get things growing again.
Speaking of growing - I hope my student readers with summer jobs have been growing their savings accounts! Now is the time to sock away every bit of extra cash you can. The more you can save now the easier it will be for you as you begin another school year in September. I would recommend one of the following two formulas - either 35-35-30 or 50-25-25. What do those numbers mean, you ask? I don't know...just kidding. That would mean the ratios of your income when it comes to saving for long term - saving for short term - and money to live on now. If you make under $500 every two weeks from your summer job - save 35 percent for long term (maybe for your emergency fund while you are at school), 35 percent for short term (supplies, and anything else you will soon need to get set for school), and 30 percent to live on right now for things like gas, entertainment (it is summer after all!), and immediate bills. Change over to the second formula if you make more than $500 every two weeks because you can afford to save a little more.
I know it's hard to keep on top of your school year finances while you are enjoying your summer. Doing a little planning now, however, will make life so much easier for you when you do head off to school in September. Keep up the great work. Cheers!