Windfalls in My Pocketbook
Windfalls in My Pocketbook

A couple of days ago, GetRichSlowly.org wrote an article about how saving large amounts on items, like refinancing a mortgage, can really add up to savings in your bank account. I guess my mailbox was listening, though it really wasn’t something I saved money on, because a large check I’ve been waiting on finally arrived. I knew that it was coming, but it was so late that I had kind of put it out of my mind. I had already budgeted all of our expenses for this month without that check. This means that 2/3 of this check will be deposited into our savings account.

On a side note, one of the pitfalls of owning your own business is being dependent on clients to pay their invoices in a timely manner. Sometimes, especially if the client is new, we will require a deposit to begin the project. However, some of our long term customers, who are in good standing, pay the bill in full when the project is complete. This year, because the economy has been so depressed, it is taking even our good clients a little longer to pay their bills, making us shuffle a little more than usual.

But back to savings, I have been really good with the 10% rule this week, my new goal for this year. A few smaller invoices have rolled in and I have promptly transferred 10% of the total to my savings account. Thank goodness for the ease of the internet, with a few clicks of the mouse, I can schedule a transfer within in minutes. With the new windfall, I will be able to stick more than 10% of it into savings, closer to 2/3 will be shoved in there. The other 1/3 will be set aside, perhaps for a used work truck that my husband would like to purchase, this hasn’t been completely thought out yet.

The 10% rule has been easy to follow so far because the invoices have been under $500. So each saved amount totaled somewhere between $50 and $15. Small enough amounts that don’t make a difference in our total spending, but do make a difference in our savings when I add them up. This week I have another large check coming in, the 10% rule should also apply to it as well, but it will be a more significant figure, more like $470. This kind of amount I will notice removed from our regular checking account, our main account that we use for everyday purchases and bills. However, because I have budgeted our monthly bills and the income we have coming in this month, that 10% shouldn’t affect our monthly spending. I should even be able to pay down our line of credit by $400 – $500 this month as well.

The trick to all of this is budgeting, click here for my most recent budget outlined.

3 Comments

  1. Boy the internet sure does make things easier. Isn’t it funny how simplifiying one little step increases your chances of following through? (At least it does for me.) Congrats on sending off a large portion if your windfall.

    • Little House Reply

      Thanks for the post. Yes, the internet makes things easy; bill paying, shopping, transferring money, saving, etc.

  2. RainyDaySaver Reply

    I’m always awed by the folks who can budget around intermittent income. Saving 10% of your income in this case is nothing to sneeze at, even if it’s coming from smaller invoices. My own method is to push over as much $$ as I can monthly from checking to savings. That way, if it’s not in our checking account, it’s not “there” to spend on nonsense.

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