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Strategic saving methods that can take you out of poverty in 2024

by Church Times


2024 dawns like a blank ledger, beckoning us to write our financial narratives anew. But amid the excitement of fresh beginnings, a familiar challenge looms: cultivating a robust savings culture.

In an era of instant gratification and mounting economic pressures, building and maintaining healthy savings can feel like an uphill battle. Yet, it’s a battle worth fighting. A strong savings cushion safeguards us against unforeseen emergencies, fuels our long-term goals, and grants us the freedom to dream bigger.

So, how do we reignite the embers of a strong savings culture in 2024?

Here are some actionable tips for individuals and communities alike:

*For Individuals:*a dedicated savings account. Even a N100/day commitment adds up over time, and the habit formation is INVALUABLE. Check out the chart below 👇👇

Start The New Year With Good Plan 2024. There are 365 days, 53 weeks, and 12 months in a year. Follow this suggestion below: 👇

100 naira daily—— 36,500 naira
200 naira daily—— 73,000
300 naira daily—— 109,500
500 naira daily—— 182,500
1,000 naira daily—— 365,000
1500 naira daily—— 547,500
2,000 naira daily—— 730,000
2,500 naira daily—— 912,500
3,000 naira daily—— 1,095,000

500 naira weekly ——— 26,500
1,000 naira weekly—— 53,000
1500 naira weekly —— 79,500
2,000 naira weekly —— 106,000
2,500 naira weekly—— 132,500
3,000 naira weekly —— 159,000

2,000 naira monthly —— 24,000
2,500 naira monthly —— 30,000
3,000 naira monthly —— 36,000
5,000 naira monthly —— 60,000
10,000 naira monthly — 120,000
15,000 naira monthly — 180,000
20,000 naira monthly — 240,000

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* *Reframe Your Mindset:* Shift from viewing savings as mere sacrifice to recognizing it as an investment in your future self. Frame goals like financial security, a dream vacation, or a child’s education as motivators.

* *Track Your Progress:* Visualize your journey. Use budgeting apps or simple spreadsheets to track your spending and saving habits. Celebrating milestones, however small, fuels motivation and reinforces positive behavior.

* *Challenge Yourself:* Join a savings challenge, set achievable weekly or monthly savings targets, and reward yourself for reaching them. Gamification adds a fun element and keeps you accountable.

* *Embrace Automation:*

Set up automatic transfers from your checking account to your savings account each payday. This removes the temptation to spend and ensures consistent growth.

*For Communities:*

* *Promote Financial Literacy:* Organize workshops and seminars on budgeting, saving strategies, and responsible credit usage. Empower individuals with the knowledge they need to make informed financial decisions.

* *Build Savings Support Systems:* Encourage savings clubs or “challenge groups” where individuals support and motivate each other’s saving goals. Shared accountability and community spirit can be powerful motivators.

* *Partner with Financial Institutions:* Collaborate with banks or credit unions to offer special savings incentives or rewards programs for specific saving goals. Make saving attractive and accessible.

* *Leverage Technology:* Create platforms or apps that gamify savings goals, provide financial resources, and connect individuals with mentors or support groups. Technology can bridge the gap and reach diverse audiences.

* *Advocate for Policy Changes:* Lobby for financial education initiatives in schools, tax breaks for savings, and policies that encourage responsible financial behavior. A holistic approach is crucial for systemic change.

How to nurture your savings journey

*1. Reframe Your Mindset:*

Shift from seeing saving as mere deprivation to *investing in your future self.* Visualize the goals you strive for, whether a dream vacation, a secure retirement, or simply peace of mind. Let these aspirations fuel your saving engine.

*2. Embrace the Power of Automation:*

Set up automatic transfers to your savings account, making saving a seamless part of your monthly routine. Even small, recurring sums can blossom over time. Consider utilizing apps that round up your daily purchases, effortlessly adding to your savings pot.

*3. Employ the “Needs vs. Wants” Filter:*

Differentiate between necessities and fleeting desires. Prioritize essential expenses like rent, utilities, and groceries, while consciously curbing impulse purchases. Challenge yourself with a “30-day rule” before splurging on non-essentials, allowing time for rational thought and potential budget adjustments.

*4. Embrace the “Envelope System”:*

Allocate a fixed amount of cash for specific categories like groceries, entertainment, and dining. This tangible approach helps you stay within budget and avoid overspending. Bonus points for using colorful envelopes to add a fun element!

*5. Track Your Progress: Celebrate Your Victories:*

Download budgeting apps or create spreadsheets to monitor your spending and saving habits. Witnessing your progress, even small wins, fosters motivation and reinforces positive behavior. Don’t forget to celebrate milestones along the way! Treat yourself to a small reward for reaching a savings goal, further solidifying the positive association with saving.

*6. Embrace the Sharing Economy:*

Utilize platforms like carpooling, shared workspaces, or borrowing instead of buying. Collaborate with friends and family for joint subscriptions to streaming services or entertainment memberships. Sharing resources not only saves money but also fosters a sense of community.

*7. Go Green, Save Green:*

Sustainability and saving often go hand in hand. Embrace energy-efficient practices like LED lights, weatherized windows, and mindful appliance usage. Opt for public transportation, cycling, or walking whenever possible. Reducing your carbon footprint translates to reducing your financial footprint as well.

*8. Leverage Technology:*

Numerous budgeting and financial planning apps are available to guide you on your journey. Utilize them for expense tracking, goal setting, and even automated investments. Remember, technology is your friend, not your foe, in building a healthy financial future.

*9. Seek Support and Inspiration:*

Connect with online communities or join local financial literacy workshops. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals can provide invaluable support and motivation. Sharing tips, experiences, and challenges can strengthen your resolve and accelerate your progress.

*10. Don’t Be Afraid to Adapt:*

Life doesn’t always follow a straight line. Be flexible and adjust your savings plan as needed. Unexpected expenses may arise, requiring temporary adjustments. However, don’t let setbacks derail your journey. Stay committed, learn from challenges, and get back on track.


In a world of rising costs and economic flux, cultivating a *saving culture* becomes not just a financial necessity, but a personal empowerment tool

In 2024, let’s not just survive, let’s thrive. Let’s embrace the power of saving, one small step at a time, and watch our financial gardens bloom with the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

Remember, cultivating a savings culture is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Consistency, small steps, and a supportive environment are key to success. 2024 can be the year we break the cycle of financial anxieties and embrace the empowering freedom of a healthy savings habit. Let’s sow the seeds of financial security, nurture them with commitment, and watch them blossom into a brighter future for ourselves and our communities.

Blessings! 💯❤️

Oyewole O. Sarumi PhD
Lead Coach, TCN


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