Savings Rate Calculator
Are you saving enough, or maybe you are too hard on yourself?
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What is my savings rate?
The savings rate is a financial metric representing the ratio of the monthly savings to the total income. This simple indicator gives precise information that much income is dedicated to wealth accumulation.
The savings rate is usually presented as a percentage value rather than a ratio. As a relative value, it allows us to compare the saving speed of different people.
Why is your savings rate important?
A saving rate gives information about your finances and is a good predictor of your future financial well-being.
People with a high saving rate tend to accumulate wealth faster, systematically increase income (due to interest earnings) and retire early.
By measuring your savings rate, you may answer the following questions:
- Am I saving enough?
- What does your savings rate look like compared to people with similar incomes?
- How long will it take you to reach financial independence?
How to calculate the savings rate?
The calculation of the savings rate is pretty simple. You may use our calculator or substitute the data for the savings rate formula.
- Determine the amount of your monthly savings. This should include the amount of money you accumulate in your bank account, the total amount of your monthly investments, and money saved on your retirement plan.
- Summarize your monthly income. If you have multiple revenue streams, calculate the sum of all of them. For the revenues received quarterly or annually, calculate the monthly averages.
- Substitute data to the equation below.
Savings Rate Formula
If you wish to calculate the savings rate, use the following equation:
SR = (Total_Savings / Total_Income) * 100%
- SR - savings rate
- Total_Savings - the sum of all savings for a given period
- Total_Income - the sum of all revenues for a given period
What is a good savings rate?
According to different sources, the minimum viable savings rate is 20% per month. This amount of savings allows one to quickly accumulate enough savings for an emergency fund and accumulate capital for future investments.
Of course, the higher the savings rate, the faster you accumulate capital. This capital will start to generate interest or dividends, which in effect, contribute to higher savings potential and accelerate wealth accumulation.
What is the average savings rate in the US?
The average savings rate in the US is between 7-9%, according to Trading Economics (link).
How to increase savings rate?
If you wish to save more, here are some tips to increase your savings rate.
Lower your spending
Revise your monthly spending and try to find potential optimizations. They may include cutting off not necessary spending like cigarettes or trimming the most significant expenses like car upkeep.
Focus on recurring spending like monthly subscriptions for services you are not using, or maybe you could downgrade the plan.
Increase your income
Negotiating your salary may be one of the options but not the only one. You may look for another job. The best option is freelance since it gives flexibility in working hours and the amount of time you are willing to dedicate to it.
If you have bigger capital, you may use it to work for you by buying a rental property of dividend stocks.
Pay yourself first
It is an excellent practice to put aside a fixed amount of savings at the beginning of the month and start spending the rest afterward. This way, you will need to manage the budget with the rest you have left.
Of course, those general rules may seem obvious, but somehow only a few follow them. Do not put yourself in that basket. Start today - persistence could do wonders!