One Saved IS Two Earned
|Written by: Doris Dobkins |
Submitted On: 3/9/2004
|Most of us will do anything to earn a few extra dollars but are we
just as willing to spend a few hours looking for the best deal when
we make a purchase?
I read a GREAT quote this week and it really made me stop and think
about the cost of spending money. The quote read as follows:
"A Dollar Saved Is Two Dollars Earned!"
Let me ask you a question. If you got a $400 one-time bonus at
work, how much money would you actually take home in your paycheck?
Or, suppose you got a $2.00 an hour raise, how much would that
equate to per hour in take home pay?
In the first situation of a one time bonus of $400, most people
would take home a little more than $200. By the time all your
deductions such as income tax, social security, and retirement plan
contributions, etc. are taken, out, there's not very much left. We
call the left over amount, disposable income.
I don't tell you this to depress you but to hopefully direct your
thoughts on saving in a new direction. By saving a single dollar,
you can achieve the same result. For example, if you are in the
market for a video camera and you find one at a liquidation sale
that saves you $200 on the price that you would pay for it full
retail, the savings is about the same as getting a $400 bonus. If
it took you two hours to find this bargain, your savings is worth
$200 per hour.
Many people would be willing to work overtime or on the weekends or
even get a second job to earn the extra $400 needed to buy a new
toy, but they don't want to take the time to "save" some money.
This doesn't make any sense. Being called thrifty should be a
compliment. It implies a disciplined, economical and common sense
approach to money.
Let's also tie this concept to credit cards and their interest
payments. When you carry a balance on your credit care, and are
charged interest, you have to earn about double that amount to take
home enough to pay the interest.
If your interest charge for one month is $150, it takes
approximately $300 worth of earned income just to pay that
interest. If you make $20 an hour, most people think they just need
to work 7.5 hours and that would take care of the interest when in
actuality, it would take about 15 hours of work to pay the
So, the next time you are tempted to spend money on something that
is not really a need, think about it in terms of before tax
dollars. Every dollar saved is actually two dollars earned.
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