In the past I failed to realize the importance of investment and savings. However as I graduated from poly a few days back, I realize the need to learn more and at the same time cut down on my spendthrift habits? Where do I start from here ? TIA.? - Seedly
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Asked on 05 May 2018

In the past I failed to realize the importance of investment and savings. However as I graduated from poly a few days back, I realize the need to learn more and at the same time cut down on my spendthrift habits? Where do I start from here ? TIA.?

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Yeap Ming Feng
Yeap Ming Feng
Level 6. Master
Answered on 06 May 2018

Ah. Spendthrift! Same problem I had.

Firstly, I believe the basics of budgeting is more important. Investing can come after that.

Came across a method that works for me really well. It is to put your money into envelopes.

1) Have different envelopes.

2) Each envelopes are meant for different spendings: savings, leisure, food

3) Every month allocate a fixed amount into each envelope and only use the money in each envelope for the specific category.

Over time, this will form a habit of budgeting and these physical "envelopes" will ultimately mature into a way of thinking.

Only start investing when you saved enough for rainy days. Which means you can go for 6 months without income before you go broke.

When you are ready, here are some investing article to help you:

1) Create a brokerage account: https://blog.seedly.sg/step-step-guide-opening-stock-trading-brokerage-cdp-account-singapore/

2) Working Adults: Easiest Ways To Invest A Monthly Sum For Beginners​​​

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Gabriel Tham
Gabriel Tham
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 06 May 2018

Well, first off congrats to coming to this realisation! First step to better finances come with mindset to change.

So, where do you start? You said it yourself that you have spendthrift habits. The first step to any improvement in personal finance is cutting down on expenses, and increasing your savings.

Conquer this first step!! Won't be easy but it will change your personal finances for the better!

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Answered on 06 Mar 2020

Transfer the amount of money that you need to save into another bank account ; which you will set and forget.

This way, you can save first before spending.

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Joe Lee
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Answered on 06 Mar 2020

First step to solving a problem is admitting that you have the problem. Well done for making the first step.

1) Write out or draw your cashflow so you can see where all your money goes to. I will recommend using a budgetting app for this, SEEDLY APP or Wally. (Personally switch over from Wally to seedly)

2) Automatically transfer a portion of your income to a seperate savings accounts and DO NOT TOUCH IT. This will be your pure saving

3) Start reading up on a few personal finance books to brush up on the importance of certain concepts. There are no short cuts, put in the effort to read up. You can consume online contents/blogs on these subject as well.

Start somewhere. Baby steps. Good luck.

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Geraldo L.
Geraldo L.
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 06 Mar 2020

It's never too late to start making a positive change, and glad that you realized the need to do so. The first step would be to track your expenses, use an app like Seedly or Spendee, to monitor where your money go every month. Once you become more consicous of your spending habits, set a budget and make an effort to stick within the budget. It might be difficult at the start but give yourself some time and it will benefit you in the long run.

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Andy Sim
Andy Sim, HR Professional at a Financial Institution
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 06 Mar 2020

Hi Anon, it's still not too late to cut down on spending and start saving up! What I did that worked for me is to determine a budget for spending every month, stick to that, and open a separate expenses savings account just for the purpose of expenditure. Every form of income you get, save it in a high interest savings account, then allocate say $800 per month to the expenses account and you can only spend from there. That will instill discipline and control your urges to spend.

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Answered on 06 Mar 2020

Omg, thats exactly like me. The only difference is that I only realised that during my ns life. Well i guess its still not too late. You can by allocating your monthly allowance into savings, expenses and investing and stick to them STRICTLY. There is no point setting a budget but you are not able to follow it.

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Frankie Rappaport
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Answered on 27 Feb 2020

Here is an outline, some things riskier than others.

try to carve out your own strategy, f.ex. by reading

a lot and start investing peu à peu

https://seedly.sg/questions/what-is-your-general-investing-philosophy-strategy

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Pascal S
Pascal S
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Answered on 16 May 2018

I will cover the "Savings" part only in my answer.

Start with a goal and to guide your thinking, there is the GROW framework (link) for goal settings. With a clear goal in mind, you can work out the granular details as per how you could achieve your goal, especially if the goal is a financial ones...in this case, about savings.

You can tell yourself: I am making X amount of money annually (excluding bonus) and I would like to save Y amount by the end of the year. Thus, I need to save Z amount per month until year end...

And so, If you just started working, and haven't already opened an account such as OCBC 360 or DBS Multiplier, you should do so. There are two reasons for it,

  1. Earn higher interest rate when your salary is credited there;

  2. Use that account for your day to day expenses.

Next, open another bank account (such as the no-frill CIMB FastSaver) which you could use to build your savings,

  1. Without failing, transfer a percentage of your monthly income to that account,

  2. Never withdraw unless you really need to (treat it as your emergency cash and technically, please 'forget' the money is there).

The above are just tactics, which could fit in within your overall financial planning approach.

Cheers,

Pascal​​​

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