19 Real Stories About Savings Tricks That Helped
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Money is a feminist issue — and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 Millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never discuss personal finances with friends, even though 28 percent reported feeling stressed out about money every single day. Bustle's Get Money series gets real about what Millennial women are doing with their money, and why — because managing your finances should feel empowering, not intimidating.

Different people have different ways of saving money. Some people learn savings tricks from their parents while others may have a financial advisor to guide them — and their money — along. I asked Millennial women for real stories about savings tricks that helped them, because, TBH, the more savings tips, the better, right?! And, no doubt, you probably have some of your own that you picked up along the way.

"Remember, it's never too late to start saving, no matter where you are in life," Anna Colton, Merrill Edge executive, tells Bustle. "Having money automatically deposited from a paycheck into a workplace retirement account can make investing for the future effortless. In addition to saving and investing your other funds, create an emergency fund. As you create an emergency plan, aim to maintain at least six months' worth of living expenses in an easy-to-access checking or savings account. Plus, 'stash' any extra cash you receive that may come in the form of a tax return, bonus, or gift."

All great advice, of course. And, below, I spoke to 19 Millennial women about even more savings tricks that help. So, prepare to take notes.

1Jenny, 27

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2Molly, 25

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3Allie, 22

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4Larissa, 27

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5Angela, 28

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6Erin, 29

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7Madelyn, 30

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8Rachel, 27

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9Hannah, 27

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10Rachel M., 28

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11Amy, 29

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12Talia, 24

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13Lauren, 22

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14Ashley, 25

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15Andi, 24

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16Diana, 25

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17Sarah, 23

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18Alicia, 27

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19Karina, 23

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Feeling inspired? I know I am, and learned a lot from the above savings tricks. Erin Lowry, Millennial finance expert and author of the upcoming book, BROKE MILLENNIAL: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together, inspired by the blog of the same name, shares her thoughts with Bustle. "Because saving $10 or $20 per paycheck sounds so insignificant, many people will give up before they even get started," she says. "They may wonder, why bother saving $10 a paycheck, when it would take five months to get to just a $100 (assuming you're paid bi-weekly)? But the point of saving even just a few bucks isn't about the amount but, rather, building the habit. It's much easier to increase your savings later on as you earn more and pay off debt than it is to try and jump start a habit and make a complete lifestyle shift. Plus, every little bit you can squirrel away eventually adds up."

So see? Every cent counts — literally. Whether you start using the above tips or think of some on your own, you'll soon see you can save more money than you'd ever imagined.

Check out the “Get Money” stream in the Bustle App for more tips and tricks on how to save and spend your money.