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Automatic Savings

April 3rd, 2017 at 10:43 am

Most of our savings are done automatically. This means I don't need to make a physical transfer at the bank, on the phone or even online.

I mentioned before that we are saving an additional $100 a month now as of March. This was part of my husband's raise. This money is set up to be withdrawn from his paycheck and deposited by payroll to our savings account. We already had $25 a month going previously (this deposit was required to get one of our high CD rates). We added $100, so the full amount being deposited is $125 a month. Again, all set up automatically. On an annual basis this will equate to $1500 a year in savings.

Our retirement accounts are set up automatically too. The Roth IRAs are set up with the mutual fund company to withdrawal $458.33 for each of us on the day we designated. We do have the option of stopping or skipping these each month. We did do that for one month earlier this year for cash flow reasons, as result our investment amount is now $500 each to make sure we each contribute the maximum amount to our Roth IRAs each year. That amount currently stands at $5,500 each.

My husband is also signed up for automatic investment into his work's retirement account (TSP). He is now saving 11% of his basic pay. He had been at 10%, but we increased it by 1% when he received his raise this year. His contributions are applied monthly to his retirement account automatically.

Auto savings makes things so easy! Eventually you sort of forget that you are doing it, well until you look at the balance accumulated! What do you automatically save for?

4 Responses to “Automatic Savings”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    I have automated 403b savings, we both have automated IRA deductions, and we set up auto withdrawal to our savings to fund the annual property tax bills.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    You are so right...automatic savings sure helps and keeps one from being tempted to spend it before you put it in the savings.

  3. snafu Says:

    From your outline I'm presuming that your newest savings program is in fact traditional income seeking accumulation like CDs or interest. Have you looked at ETF possibilities when the sums accumulate to higher figures? I just cashed out an Income Fund as he resultant tax slip showed I'd earned a grand sum of $ 22.61 in 2016. I was so flippin' annoyed, I hadn't made a plan, so out of character but I've reviewed figures today...

  4. CB in the City Says:

    My monthly payment from the College automatically goes into savings and I don't touch it. Any random checks I get, including checks from the museum, go into savings via mobile deposit. Any surplus in checking at EOM is swept into savings. I used to have automatic savings to my 403b, but I'm drawing from it now.

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