Got Savings Goals? Use a visual savings tracker printable to reach them!
What is a Visual Savings Tracker Printable?
A visual savings tracker printable is different than a regular savings tracker that just lists the amount you are saving, etc. These types of savings trackers are printable (meaning you can print it out) and actually lets you see your progress visually, which is a really fun way to measure how you are doing on your savings goals.
Any way you save money is a good way, but a lot of people are motivated by being able to SEE the progress they are making on their goals. And these visual savings tracker printables are a fun way to reach your financial goals over a period of time.
The visual savings tracker printable becomes a visual representation of your savings for any of your particular goals you want to achieve.
A fun idea is to color the savings tracker printables with colored pencils or highlighters and hang them on a bulletin board where you can see them for further motivation to keep going.
Do you have savings goals you want to achieve?
We all have certain things we want to do in our lives and some of those cost money. When you don’t have an endless supply of money on hand, your best bet is to set a savings goal and then figure out a way to reach that goal.
Set a Savings Goal
The first step is to decide what savings goals you want to achieve. If you want to go on vacation, you can create a savings goal. Eager to not be in debt following Christmas this year? Then set yourself a Christmas savings goal. You can create a savings goal around whatever you need to save for this year.
Example – Christmas Savings Goal of $600
Ideas for savings goals:
- Emergency Fund
- Rainy Day
- Vacation Fund
- Big Purchase for Your Home
- New/Used Car Fund
- College fund
- Wedding Fund
- Small things like – New Outfit, Video Game, etc.
Set a Timeline
Like any goal it helps to reach it if you assign a date to it. Do you need a year to reach your savings goal or 6 months, or even longer?
Timeline – 6 months – Would equal 100 a month
Track Your Progress
Once you have done the math, in this case you want to save $600 by Christmas. This would mean if you have 6 months, you need to save 100 a month on average to reach your goal.
For example, you could use the Christmas savings tracker for this purpose. Every stocking could equal $10 and you would color each one as you put that amount away.
Measure your progress – You would need to color in and save 60 of the $10 stockings on the money-saving chart to have 600 dollars, for example.
Visual Savings Tracker Printable Examples
Savings Jar Tracker
This jar with coins can be colored as you add money to a real mason jar as well. That way you will know how much you have on hand.
100 Envelope Challenge
A great way to kickstart your savings it to do a challenge like the 100 envelope challenge. Every day for 100 days, you put money into an envelope – money you saved or would have spent. This visual tracker lets you see where you are at savings at any time.
Birthday Savings Tracker
A birthday savings tracker can be used for a birthday or other special occasions you want to fund.
Vacation Fund Savings Tracker
Save for vacation with a suitcase themed savings tracker. This is a fun way to keep track of your savings as you go. Decorate the tracker with stickers or pictures of where you are going to and stay motivated!
Christmas Savings Tracker
With the stockings coloring sheet and tracker, you can get in the mood for saving money for Christmas and get ahead of the game too.
100 Day Savings Tracker
Similar to the 100 envelope, but minus the envelopes. Try to save money for 100 days and write down your progress.
365 Day Savings Tracker
Same savings idea, but for a whole year. How much can you save?
More Money Savings Tracker Options
Do you need to save for a new car? If you know you will need a new (used) one, you can use a savings plan to track where you began and how much progress you are making towards your goal. Goal minus actual versus planned.
52 Weeks Savings
You can keep track of your money goals by seeing how much you are saving each week. Just write down the amount saved and add that to your old balance to get your new balance.
Emergency Savings Funds Tracker
How much money do you need to have saved if you were to lose your job tomorrow? Most financial reps would say you need to save 3 to 6 months of your salary to be prepared for losing your job at a minimum. Others will tell you that you should have a short term emergency fund that has 1000 dollars in it (a starter emergency fund). This would allow you to not have to charge on credit cards, etc.
Sinking Funds Tracker
A sinking fund is when you know the amount you need to save and you put money away proactively ahead of time. So, like an event like a wedding, you would create a sinking wedding fund. If you have a goal of $5000, then any time you have left over money in your budget, you would apply that to your sinking fun. 5000 minus 100 extra applied – equals 4900 left to save.
Why You Want to Track Your Savings
You can use a savings challenge as one way to rein in your spending habits for a period of time. Maybe you will commit to a month, or 100 days, or a whole year! The results of putting in this kind of effort can give you extra money to put in your actual savings account to be used for whatever you have as your goal.
By using these savings trackers on a regular basis, you will be amazed at how you can make the daunting task of saving money WAY more fun. Your personal finances can go from being something you have to take care of – to something you look forward to doing because you get to color in a new section of your tracker.
Keeping your progress in front of you in a visual way (like putting the tracker on your refrigerator, for example), can help you to reach your specific savings goals faster than you would have imagined.
So, go ahead and start dreaming of what you want to do or where you want to go. Whether you want to buy a new outfit or save for college, your big or small goals can all be tracked with these fun savings trackers.
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Visual Savings Tracker Printable and Money Trackers Bundle
All of these ways to keep track of your savings are available for purchase in our “Savings Tracker” Bundle, which you can find below. This is a printable pdf file available as an instant digital download. This printable is for personal use only and is not a physical product.
You can also receive a free savings tracker to get started, when you join our mailing list.
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