"No pain, no gain."
It's certainly an appropriate thought at the gym. But does that same "pain" have to apply to saving money? At Discover, the answer is an emphatic, "No!" Saving money with a Discover Online Savings Account really can be painless - especially when you tap the power of its high interest rate and easy-to-set-up automatic savings program
First, Find out Where It's Going
A couple resolves to save more. They write down every expenditure, no matter how small, for seven days. Then they review their spending patterns and identify items they could easily live without - morning latte and muffin ... magazines at full newsstand prices ... pre-made salads from the supermarket ... and one less restaurant meal a week. In the end, the couple is able to cut enough "fluff" out of their spending that they can commit to saving around $2,000 a year.
Next, Get "Tricky" About Saving
Pay yourself first. There's a reason this is the oldest trick in the book … it works! The easiest way to pay yourself is to have a percentage of your paycheck directly deposited into a high interest savings account, such as Discover's Online Savings Account. You'll be amazed at how quickly you learn to budget around this "missing" chunk of income.
Save with a purpose. If you're saving with purpose (for example, a down payment on a home), you're less likely to tap the money if it's tucked away in an account marked "house money." A high interest savings account can be set up with automatic transfers from your checking account to help you reach your goals. The Discover Online Savings Account imposes no minimum balance or monthly maintenance fees.
Watch your windfall. Force yourself to wait three to six months before touching any tax refunds, gifts, inheritances or bonuses. Leave it in your high interest Discover Online Savings Account until then and see if you still feel the need to spend it.
Whether you're putting money aside for a rainy day or saving up for something special, Discover's Online Savings Account pays a great rate and offers convenient access to your funds. The minimum opening deposit is only $500, and all deposits are FDIC insured up to the maximum allowed by law. Discover also offers a full range of CDs and IRA CDs with terms from 3 months to 10 years as well as Money Markets Accounts. Open a Discover account online in minutes or call our U.S-based 24-hour Customer Service at 800-347-7000 to learn more.
The article and information provided herein are for informational purposes only and are not intended as a substitute for professional advice.