Practical Ways to Save Money

Saving is never an easy venture, it is rather a very difficult task. In fact, it is a lot easier and  pleasurable to spend  because the world around us is designed to make us spend even on  things we don’t need.

 

Saving is a skill you keep learning and  platforms like koloPay makes it  easier to save. With easy-to-use, well designed applications and different  incentives such as high interests on saving or discounts on goals you’re saving towards, one is certainly more encouraged to save  more.

This post is an extract from Dave Ramsey’s ‘the-secret-to-saving-money’ blog post enumerating few ways to save more ;

 Practical Ways to Save Money

Imagine how your life would change if you suddenly had money left in your monthly budget. What would you do with that cash over time? Beef up your emergency fund? Pay off your car? Finally take the vacation you’ve always dreamed of?

It can happen! Just take stock of your spending and identify areas where you can save. When you make a few tweaks to your expenses, you could be surprised at how much money you have left in your budget.

1. Get rid of your debt.

Monthly debt payments are the biggest obstacle to saving money. It robs you of your income! So, get rid of that debt. The fastest way to pay off debt is with the debt snowball method. This is where you pay off your debts in order from smallest to largest. It sounds intense, but it’s more about behavior change than numbers. Once your income isn’t tied up in monthly debt payments, you can finally use it to make progress toward your savings goals.

2. Cut down on groceries.

Most ‘budgeters’ are shocked to find out how much they’re actually spending at the grocery store each month. Save money on groceries by planning out your meals each week and taking inventory of your pantry before you head to the store. This will help prevent you from overspending and wasting food. And think about cutting back on snacks and junk food that can send you over your budget!

3. Cancel subscriptions and memberships.

Chances are, you’re paying for multiple subscriptions like Netflix, Spotify, gym memberships, trendy subscription boxes, or Amazon Prime. Cancel any subscriptions you don’t use regularly. If you really miss one, subscribe again—but only if it fits into your new budget.

4. Buy generic.

In most cases, the only thing that’s better about brand-name products is the marketing. Generic medication, staple food items, cleaning supplies, and paper products cost far less than their brand-name, marked-up competitors.

5. Spend extra or unexpected income wisely.

When you get a work bonus, inheritance or tax refund, put it to good use. You’ll be better off using those funds to pay off your student loans or credit card balance than stashing it away. If you’re debt-free, use those extras to build up your emergency fund.

Bonus tip: If you regularly receive large tax refunds, adjust your paycheck withholding so that you bring home more money in your paycheck each month.

6. Automate your savings.

Save money without thinking about it. Set up your bank account to automatically transfer funds from your checking account into a savings account every month. Or, set up your direct deposit to automatically transfer 10% of each paycheck into your savings account.

 

The sixth nugget is a good place to close and it is  basically addressed by the Autosave feature on the koloPay app, it allows you set auto-debit on your ATM card to your kolopay account. AutoSave allows you save a fixed amount of money daily, weekly or monthly.

 

 

How to use Kolopay

One of best things about Kolopay is that it is very easy to use. From its design to carefully placed help texts, you’ll have it running in a matter of minutes. But should it happen that you are still having troubles setting up an account or creating a goal, below is a step-by-step guide to how Kolopay works.

Step 1: Create an account.

Step 2: Create a goal.

AutoSave

EasySave

Step 3: Fill out the checkout form by entering your card details.

Step 4: Recieve message on success.

Step 5: View your goal.

In addition to all creating and viewing goals, you can also

View transactions

Share with family and friends to earn koloCoins which can be later converted to cash and added to a target.

Add your card once to avoid entering card details every time you want to create a goal.

Read FAQs for more information.

Kolopay makes Digest Next50 African Startups

Digest Africa NEXT50

Impulse buying/unplanned spending and easy access to saved funds have stopped millions of people from achieving their planned goals. KoloPay, on the other hand, is a cashless mobile and web application that enables you to achieve your target savings over a period of time and offers discounts on the good and services customers are saving towards.

KoloPay

kolopay.com was selected as one of the startups to watch in 2019.

Itanna Accelerator Experience by Isaac Omonayin

If I were to christen the 6th of August, I would undoubtedly call it the “Ignition Day”. This is because the 6th of August 2018 was the beginning of an amazing, intriguing and exposing experience for me and my entire team.

The journey started on the most interesting note. The structure that houses Itanna is a mind-blowing paradox. An old building that looks like an abandoned warehouse from the outside  but as soon as you step in, you enter one of the most colorful, lit, and exquisite co-working spaces you will find anywhere. The Itanna structure truly reflects its name; and the ambiance oozes excellence.

Itanna provides an avenue to meet some of the industry’s leading founders and CEOs that we look up to, and presents them in their realest form. Something we’ve noticed about all the CEOs that have had a session with us is that they come to us in their truest and most honest state; sharing stories of their successes, failures and naivety from their journeys in business and entrepreneurship. One such story is the best I have heard, and it’s of Mitchell Elegbe – CEO of one the fastest growing tech companies in Nigeria. He shared with the Itanna Cohort at one of the sessions how he and his co-founder were engrossed by the passion to see their vision grow that they forgot to keep a share in the company they founded for themselves. I remember getting home after that session asking myself all through the night If I am driven by half the passion these guys had.

 

And yes, that’s what Itanna does for us as a team. After one of the sessions with the Itanna Business Development Team, we (KoloPay) decided to work all weekend in the facility because the Business Development team illuminated the points we needed to improve on. It was basically the spark we needed to make us restless enough to work on what needed fixing. These little weaknesses in our business model were not obvious to us; but with the help of Itanna,

The Monday morning meetings that are held every fortnight have also been revealing, as they open me up to how uniquely intelligent members of the other startups in the Cohort are. The various approaches to solutions suggested to challenges shared are nothing short of amazing. The session is referred to as our BONDING session but I jokingly call it ‘Family Meeting’ maybe because of the round seating formation we take during these sessions or because we all try to find a solution to the challenge any one of us is having.

 

For sure, our business isn’t the same as it was before we stepped into Itanna few weeks ago. Our technology isn’t the same, and our communication isn’t either. We have benefitted from the immeasurable human and other resources available at Itanna. We have amazing testimonials from our customers about how improved our system is.

By the way, I must add how badly I get beaten at fuzzball by everybody in the Cohort.. The Fuzzball game would have been one of my best memories of my time at Itanna, but I have suffered so badly at the hands of everyone I’ve played with,  that I have resigned myself to only watching or maybe running the commentary for those playing.

Do you want to guess who the undefeated champion is?

 

What is kolopay

” One of the smartest things that you can ever do for yourself is to develop the habit of saving part of your salary, every single paycheck. Individuals, families and even societies are stable and prosperous to the degree to which they have high savings rates. Savings today are what guarantee the security and the possibilities of tomorrow.”

But saving is not exactly an easy habit to cultivate especially considering our economic realities in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

The World Bank rates Nigeria as one of the countries with poorest saving culture (16%) even below Liberia. That figure is not a surprise considering the financial pressure that is on an average Nigerian. Countless bills to be paid on limited income. Though I believe Saving is a cultural practice for a Nigerian but the economic hardship might have stripped us of. I remember when growing up, mothers gave their kids money and expect them to at least save a portion of it. Mothers will ask you days later how much you saved from the sum she gave you days ago.

The word ‘Kolo’ is a Yoruba word which refers to a saving box.  Back in the days, parents tried to teach their young children to save by making or buying them a Kolo.  it is from this root that KoloPay picked her name.

Kolopay provides users a platform that helps you think of yourself first in your finance. That amazing feeling you get knowing that you have at least saved something for yourself before expenses take hold of your income, that’s what kolopay gives you.

On Kolopay you have the freedom to name the goal which you are saving towards and also the period you wabt to save for to achieve the goal

With the Autosave feature, you activate a standing order on your debit card or bank account for a regularly debit of a particular amount to be saved on your KoloPay account at a frequency (Daily, Weekly or Monthly) you prefer  with this feature you are sure

The SaveNow feature is for you if you want to save anytime you have

When you LOCK your account on KoloPay, it guarantees a 6%pa on your saved amount

On Kolopay,there are merchants who provide possible goals (goods and services e.g. Home appliances, events planners, vacations) you could be saving at amazing discounted prices.

KoloPay basically has one major goal which is helping you achieve your goals.

To signup on KoloPay, download the KoloPay app on google playstore or visit kolopay.com