Q. I know saving money is important, but what if there’s nothing left over to save?
A. I’ll let Suzanne Ahmed Leonora respond. She answers this question better than I ever could. When I got an email from her last week, I was so inspired, she gave me permission to share it with you.
“Barbara, I really feel that ‘pay yourself first’ has been critical to my success. I’ve been saving this year and paid off $2000 of debt.
I started small, of course, with $5 per monthly paycheck which I moved into my savings account before I even bought food. And I always said thank you.
That simple gesture felt so strange, so right, and so powerful. As time has gone on, I’ve been able to increase what I pay myself enormously.
When the next medical crisis hit — there’s always a next one — I was no longer one of the many Americans who, sadly, can’t lay their hands on $400 in an emergency.
I was truly grateful not to have to panic, not to have to overdraft, not to have to find a loan. I calmly moved the money out of my very liquid savings account and paid for what I had to.
Wow, did I ever feel competent. And very, very blessed.”
As Suzanne’s story clearly demonstrates-The rewards for consistently saving, even small amounts, go far beyond money.
Putting aside money for yourself will leave you with a great sense of calm, increased confidence in your ability to handle emergencies—and, best of all, you’ll feel truly blessed, even when hard times hit.
Does saving money seem like a step toward abundance or deprivation to you? Why? Leave me a comment below.
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