Many of us would like to have money in savings. Fankly speaking, a dollar spent now seems to provide a lot more pleasure than a dollar saved, how can you make sure you're motivated enough to put money aside on a regular basis?
Here are five things that could work for you...
1. Save Little And Often 存小钱，常存钱
Do you tell yourself that it's not worth saving if you don't have at least 100 (or 500, or 1000) to put into a savings account? This is a bit like telling yourself that it's not worth getting some exercise unless you have a whole day clear to jog.
How about saving just a dollar or two each day? Most of us can cut a couple of dollars of unnecessary spending every day (how about skipping that latte, carpooling, ditching your daily newspaper..?) It's a tiny amount that you'll barely notice on a daily basis, but over the course of a year, you'll have saved several hundred dollars.
2. Read Personal Finance Blogs 阅读个人理财博客
I find that I get encouraged to save--and to adopt good financial habits in general--by reading about others'tips and success. One of my must-read blogs for this is The Simple Dollar; Trent writes very well, and covers topics in-depth without making them too complicated. He also has an upbeat and motivating attitude towards savings and finances (some personal finance blogs can make for rather dour reading).
我是通过阅读别人分享的小技巧和成功经验才学会了存钱和理财。我必读的一个理财博客是 The Simple Dollar，里面的文章深入浅出，对储蓄和理财的态度让人变得乐观而振奋（一些个人的理财博客则让人昏昏欲睡）。
Other good blogs on personal finance are Get Rich Slowly and Wise Bread.
其他好的个人理财博客还有Get Rich Slowly 和 Wise Bread。
3. Keep a Savings Log 建立一个储蓄日志
Something that's often recommended for those sorting out their finances is to keep a spending log--to write down what you spend, so that you have a clear picture of where all the money is going. I've done this in the past, and it's always revealing (and occasionally a bit horrifying!)
A twist on this, though, is to keep a savings log. Each time you make a deposit into your savings account (or each time you shove a few dollars into the jam jar hidden under your bed), write down the date and how much you saved. This can be a great way to motivate yourself to save more. You could also use your calendar or diary for this.
4. Save Towards A Specific Goal 为自己设立一个具体目标
Having a very clear goal in mind can make it much easier to save up. If you know that you need 1,000 for that new computer, or if you're determined to reach ,000 in your emergency fund, focusing on the end goal can keep you motivated.
Your end reward might not be a tangible thing like a vacation or a new purchase: it might be peace of mind, or a sense of security or freedom. Consider visualizing how you'll feel once you have your target amount in the bank. Will it take a weight off your shoulders? Will you be proud of what you've achieved?
5. Automate Your Savings 自动化你的储蓄
Finally, if you do find that your motivation waxes and wanes, simply automate your savings. Get your bank to transfer 100 (or 200 or 500 etc) from your checking account into a savings account, at the start of each month. If the money goes out without you having to lift a finger, chances are that you'll simply let it head off into the savings pot ...