Let me begin by sharing a joke.
A couple watching TV after a hard day at work started conversation.
Wife: Do you drink beer?
Wife: How many beers a day?
Man: Usually about three
Wife: How much do you pay per beer?
Man: $5.00 which includes a tip.
Wife: And how long have you been drinking?
Man: About 20years I suppose.
Wife: So a beer costs $5.00 and you drink three a day which makes it $420 each month. In one year it will be approximately $5,040.00
Wife: If in 1year you spend $5,00
40.00. The 20years puts your spending at $100,800.00?
Wife: Do you know that if you didn’t drink too much beer that money could have been put in a savings account. And after counting the interest for the past 20years you could have bought a plane?
Man: Do you drink beer?
Man: Where is your plane?
This might be funny but there’s a lot to learn from it. Most of us do not see the power in accumulating wealth over time but it’s evident that numbers don’t lie. Most people will not be $100,000 rich in 20 years time but can afford to save $5 or $3 a day sacrificing a beer or something avoidable. The problem now is about doing it. Taking the action.
Sometimes, not seeing the magnitude of the results, (in this case $100,800) demotivates people. For others, the slow nature of the accumulation makes it not feasible to them.
One of the surest ways is giving a standing order to move money periodically into a safe haven for the next twenty years.
Holding everything constant, without any grand institutional failure and with even a 5% – 10% /per year interest, you should be smiling to the bank.
Look forward to a savings excel template you can use to track your progress.