Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Maintaining Good Savings Habits After Debt Settlement

Maintaining Good Savings Habits After Debt Settlement

Paying off debt is hard work, but once you finally get out from under those burdensome balances, it can feel great! You might be tempted to relax and take it easy with your finances for a while. After all, you deserve a break after putting in so much effort, right?

While a short celebration is definitely in order, it’s important not to lose momentum when it comes to your finances. In fact, paying off debt can actually be the perfect time to double down on savings. Here’s how to maintain strong savings habits after getting out of debt.

Redirect Debt Payments to Savings

Chances are, you were putting a good chunk of money toward debt repayment every month. When that debt burden is lifted, that money can be redirected into savings instead. For example:

  • If you were putting $500/month toward debt, now put $500/month into savings
  • If you were paying $200/month toward a car loan, put that $200 into savings after the car is paid off
  • Take any extra money from tax refunds, bonuses, or gifts and put it straight into savings

This momentum of regular contributions will help grow your savings balance quickly. Saving money will start to feel normal when it’s done consistently like this.

Automate Savings Contributions

One of the best ways to effortlessly build savings is to automate contributions. Set up automatic transfers from your checking account to your savings account each month. Here are some tips:

  • Schedule transfers to hit the same day your paycheck is deposited, so you don’t even see the money
  • Start small if needed, like $25 or $50 per paycheck, then increase over time
  • Split contributions across multiple accounts like an emergency fund, retirement, and goals
  • Some banks let you automatically transfer your spare change into savings with each purchase

Automation takes the effort out of saving every month. The money will quietly add up over time. Just set it and forget it!

Build an Emergency Fund

One of the best ways to avoid debt is having cash reserves on hand. Make building an emergency fund a top priority after getting out of debt. Here are some tips:

  • Aim to save 3-6 months’ worth of living expenses
  • Start small if needed, like $500, then build up
  • Keep the money in an accessible account like a savings account
  • Only use the funds for true emergencies like job loss, not vacations

Having this cash cushion means you won’t have to rely on debt again when the unexpected happens.

Pay Down Debt Faster

If you still have debts like a mortgage, student loans, or car loan, focus on paying them off quicker. Here are some tips:

  • Make bi-weekly instead of monthly loan payments to reduce interest
  • Pay a little extra each month, even $20 or $50 helps
  • Target high-interest debts first while making minimums on others
  • Consider consolidating or refinancing debts to lower interest rates

The less you owe on debt, the more you can divert to savings and investments over time.

Review Your Budget

Take time when you’re debt-free to review your budget and shore up any weak spots. Look for ways to save more each month, like:

  • Finding cheaper insurance, cell phone plans, internet service, etc
  • Cutting out unused subscriptions and memberships
  • Reducing dining out and entertainment costs
  • Finding creative ways to save on groceries and gas

Even small cuts to your spending can make room for more contributions to savings. Evaluate your budget often to find new opportunities.

Invest for Retirement

Once you have an emergency fund established, start directing some savings toward retirement. Here are some tips to get started:

  • Contribute to a 401(k) or IRA and earn tax-deferred growth
  • Take advantage of any matching contributions from your employer
  • Increase your contribution rate 1% each year until you max out
  • Use compound growth to your advantage by starting early

Consistently investing for retirement helps ensure you won’t outlive your savings down the road.

Save for Other Goals

In addition to emergency and retirement savings, you may have other goals to save for, like:

  • Down payment on a house
  • College tuition
  • New vehicle
  • Vacation
  • Home repairs

Identify your savings goals, timeline, and amount needed. Then set up automatic contributions to hit your targets. Watching your dedicated accounts grow is extremely motivating!

Seek Help If Needed

If you feel overwhelmed with managing your finances, don’t be afraid to seek help. Options include:

  • Talking to a financial advisor
  • Using budgeting apps and tools
  • Taking a personal finance course
  • Getting guidance from your bank

The right guidance can help you form good lifelong money habits. Invest in your financial education.

Celebrate Financial Wins

Finally, be sure to celebrate your financial progress along the way. Saving consistently is a big accomplishment! Do something special when you:

  • Pay off a debt
  • Reach an emergency fund goal
  • Hit a net worth milestone
  • Achieve any savings target

Enjoy your financial wins, then get right back to your savings goals. Consistency and celebration will keep you motivated for a lifetime of smart money management.


Delancey Street is here for you

Our team is available always to help you. Regardless of whether you need advice, or just want to run a scenario by us. We take pride in the fact our team loves working with our clients - and truly cares about their financial and mental wellbeing.

"Super fast, and super courteous, Delancey Street is amazing"
$500,000 MCA Restructured Over 3 Years
"Thanks for helping me in literally 24 hours"
$250,000 SBA Loan Offer in Compromise
"Great choice for business owners who need a trustworthy partner"
$350,000 MCA Restructured Over 2 Years

In The Media

Delancey Street CEO discusses ways to reward employees
Delancey Street CEO discusses the benefits of franchising on Forbes.
Delancey Street CEO discusses management on AMEX.
How Do I Stop Paying An MCA Advance

How Do I Stop Paying An MCA Merchant cash advances…

What Should I Do If OneMain Financial Is Taking Me to Court?

What Should I Do If OneMain Financial Is Taking Me…

How to Wind Down a Small Business With Too Much Debt

  How to Wind Down a Small Business With Too…

Coping With Debt-Related Marriage or Relationship Problems

  Coping With Debt-Related Marriage or Relationship Problems Money issues…

When Starting a Small Business to Pay Off Debt is Risky

When Starting a Small Business to Pay Off Debt is…

Delancey Street simply gets it. You're talking to experts.
Steven Norris
Get Help Today

Ready To Get Started?

If you have questions, feel free to shoot us an email, or fill out our live chat.

Schedule Consultation