by Bo, August 18, 2011
Saving enough money is a complex matter for parents who have children. Sometimes it seems as though it is impossible to save enough money to help children pay for college when they grow older, but responsible parents should try to be accountable to their children. Even though financial difficulties can be demanding, it is always possible to save money, even when earning lower than average wages. People constantly spend money on things they do not actually need. For many, spending money is a great deal more fun than saving money.
Nevertheless, the truth of the matter is that there is a real need for saving money and parents need to start practicing the art of saving while they are young. When people begin to save money when they are in their twenties or thirties, they will end up having quite a bit more available capital when they are older. Interest and dividends continue to compound and grow throughout the years, and disciplined savers can amass small fortunes when they faithfully put aside even small amounts of money every month.
Parents should be accountable to their children. This means that good parents should be unselfish when it comes to the issue of money and need to accept the fact that the future needs of their children are of primary importance. The cost of a college education has risen dramatically during the past several years and parents who want the best educational opportunities for their children need to seriously think about saving enough money to cover a minimum of one-third of the college educational costs for their children.
Saving enough money can be accomplished and the sooner you start the better. Take a look at saving on supplies you use on a regular basis like personal checks, address label’s and unnecessary purchases. Those $4.00 to $5.00 cups of coffee purchased at a favorite coffeehouse every morning add up to approximately $100 per month of unneeded expenditures. Coffee can be made at home for pennies. If time is a factor, set the alarm clock a few minutes early in order to make a pot of coffee before leaving for work.
Every little bit helps. The habit of smoking cigarettes or drinking alcoholic beverages is expensive, not to mention habit-forming and unhealthy. Simply eliminating these items from the weekly shopping list can make a huge difference in the amount of money that can be saved towards your child’s college education. Saving one-third of the total earned wages might seem to be an impossible endeavor, but it is easy to save money when little luxuries are eliminated from daily or weekly spending habits.