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I managed to add a little to my savings account, bring my total saved for 2007 to $2638.
Contrary to popular financial advice, I actually ‘pay myself last’. I deposit our paychecks at the first of each month. I then pay all of our monthly bills and we live off of whatever amount is ‘left over’. If we have money left at the end of the month, it gets ‘swept’ into our savings account on the last day of the month. This goes against most conventional ‘wisdom’ – But, it works for us.
Quick note: Not every dollar that gets deposited into our checking account ‘sits’ there for the entire month. I transfer to savings the portion of our income that is allocated for annual, planned-for, expenses like automobile insurance and life insurance. And, if it becomes evident that we have ‘over-funded’ a particular budget category, I’ll make a mid-month transfer to savings. The main point, however, is that we keep enough cash ‘on hand’ to cover monthly expenses. One of the keys to the ‘No Credit Needed” lifestyle is to avoid a situation where I am ‘low on cash’.