How to Save Money. To build wealth, you have to start somewhere. Therefore, the ability to save money is the cornerstone of building wealth. In order to save money, you need to spend less than you earn. This may seem obvious, but so often, it's easier said than done. Fortunately, there are several devices you can use when beginning to save money, even when your budget is tight.
Step Three: Limit Your "Wants" to 30 Percent. This sounds great on the surface. Can you put 30 percent of your money toward your wants? Hello, beautiful shoes, trip to Bali, salon haircuts, and Italian restaurants. Not so fast. Remember how strict we were with the definition of a "need"? Your "wants" don't include extravagances. They include the basic niceties of life that you enjoy, like that unlimited text messaging plan, your home's cable bill, and cosmetic (not mechanical) repairs to your car.