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February 1, 2024

Six Ways to Save Money in 2024

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase of 3.1% from November 2022 to November 2023.1 It’s no surprise that so many people are navigating difficult financial circumstances. If you’re struggling to get a better handle on your household finances, here are six ideas to help you save money in 2024:

1. Shop around for car insurance.

Included in the CPI breakdown? The price of car insurance increased by a whopping 19.2%. Before locking yourself into another year with your current insurance provider, shop around for quotes. You never know — you might save money by going with a different company. If you hate shopping for insurance, check out Quorum Insurance.2 They do the legwork for you and take the hassle out of comparison shopping.

2. Consolidate high-interest debt.

When interest accrues faster than you can pay off the debt, you’re caught in what feels like an endless loop. To break out of this pattern, consider consolidating high-interest balances onto a lower-interest option, such as a low-rate credit card with free balance transfers or a personal loan. Then, identify a strategy to repay the debt.

3. Use a monthly budget.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we recommend everyone get familiar with budgeting. There’s no way around it. You need to know how much money is coming in versus how much is going out, and the best way to do that is with a budget:

Do you use Grow Online and Mobile Banking?3 Try using the Budgets and Savings Goals tools! Based on what Grow members have titled their unique savings goals, some of the most popular categories you’re saving for are emergency funds, home purchases, auto purchases, vacation funds, gifts and shopping, bills and taxes, and education funds. We love to see your goals in action!

4. Focus on small changes.

If you know you want to trim some discretionary spending, think about starting small. Making incremental adjustments can add up to a significant impact. Three areas of the budget that can be sneaky are:

  • Dining out: Cooking meals at home and shopping strategically around grocery sales can make a big impact. The cost of dining out has risen 5.3% in comparison to a 1.7% increase in the cost of food prepared at home.1
  • Subscription services: Consumers spend an average of $219 per month on subscriptions, more than double what the average person thought they were spending.4
  • Energy use: Turn the lights off when you leave the room, do your laundry during off-peak hours (if your electric company charges a premium during peak hours), lower the temperature setting on your water heater and set your thermostat a few degrees hotter in the summer and a few degrees cooler in the winter.

5. Get credit help from a professional.

Working with a credit counselor can be a great way of getting free or low-cost financial advice from a trusted professional, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Credit counselors may help you develop a budget, offer free educational workshops, make a game plan for debt, advise you on household finances and more. Just make sure to properly vet the service first and avoid paying money for quick fixes, which can be scams. Find out more from the CFPB.

6. Earn better rates on your savings.

If you haven’t taken advantage of higher savings rates, now’s the time. Earn a better return on the money you’re already saving by opening a Money Market Account or a Certificate Account5 in Grow Online or Mobile Banking:

  • Money Market Account: Keep savings liquid and flexible while earning better rates.
  • Certificate Account: Lock in top savings rates for a time frame of your choosing between 12 and 60 months.

Check out today’s savings rates.

We hope these six tips help you keep your household finances on track for 2024! For more financial literacy resources, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. The Economics Daily: Consumer prices up 3.1 percent. Accessed January 8, 2024.
2Quorum Insurance, LLC is an affiliate of Grow Financial. Insurance products purchased through Quorum Insurance, LLC are not deposits of Grow Financial and are not protected by NCUA. They are not an obligation of or guaranteed by Grow Financial and may be subject to risk. Business conducted with Quorum Insurance, LLC is separate and distinct from any business conducted with Grow Financial. Grow Financial is in no way responsible for the services provided through this program.
3Additional data charges may apply when using apps. Please see your wireless carrier for more information.
4C+R Research Firm. Subscription Service Statistics and Costs. Published May 18, 2022. Accessed December 2023.
5A penalty will be imposed for early withdrawals.

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