by Carson Kohler (Staff Writer)

Updated April 25, 2023

I won’t sugarcoat it: Saving money isn’t the easiest task.

But I’m here to tell you it’s possible to save money without living off ramen, without recruiting seven roommates and without giving up all of life’s pleasures.


First, implement a strategy. Take a good look at your expenses, and create a budget. Second, cut back your spending.

Ready to get started? Here’s your guide to saving money in 2019.

Table of Contents:

Prepare to Start Saving

Set yourself up for success by tracking your fixed and discretionary spending, setting short- and long-term goals, creating a budget and storing your savings where it’ll grow.

Don’t worry. Just follow these steps — one at a time, please! — and you’ll discover the money-saving journey isn’t so bad, even if you are on a tight budget.

1. Track Your Expenses

Before anything else, you’ll need to take a look at how much money you’ve spent in the past few months. No, it might not be pretty, but you need to see this so you can identify your problem areas.

Instead of combing through your bank statements, use the Empower app to automate the process for you.

Empower can help you figure out how you’re spending your money and develop a budgeting plan to keep you on track.

Use its fee-free banking account or link to your existing ones, and it will keep track of your spending. It will also categorize your spending, so you can see exactly where you’re overdoing it.

2. Set Short-Term and Long-Term Savings Goals

Now that you have an overview of your spending habits, it’s time to set some realistic short-term and long-term savings goals.

Here’s the difference:

It’s important to have both goals in place, so you enjoy the now while planning for the future.

3. Create a Budget

Personal finance 101: With your savings goals in mind, take a look at your spending. Set some limits for yourself.

The key? Be realistic. If you spend $500 a month on groceries, don’t set your new food budget to $200. That will require an entire lifestyle change.

If you’re not sure where to start, find some structure with these two popular methods:

Creating and sticking to a budget takes some finessing, so be patient with yourself.

4. Be Smart About Where You Stash Your Savings

Where are you going to keep the money you’re saving? Consider some options that’ll yield interest or returns, so your money isn’t sitting stagnant.

Here are a few ideas:

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