I composed this post to answer the a question asked about saving, but as I reviewed it I thought that this information could be beneficial to others and decided to publish it. Saving money is something that can be come quite difficult when you are barely making ends meet, but it is important that you prepare yourself for any emergency and plan for your overall future.
There are a variety of ways you can save money. Apps like Ibotta, Checkout51, and SavingStar allow you to upload receipts from purchases to get rebates. Learn the coupon policy at your favorite grocery stores, coupons help a lot if you combine them with store sales. Just don't fall into the trap of buying something you don't need just because you have a coupon.
Money Saving Apps
Apps like Digit, Acorns, and Betterment allow you to set up automatic savings from your bank account. If necessary you can request a transfer from Digit that which usually take 1-2 business days. However, Acorns and Betterment take 5-7 days to transfer funds, which encourages you to save more unless you plan out the withdrawal. I have been using all of these apps to save money.
Charts and Tables
I have tried many charts, but these two seem to work the best for me. Every Dollar is a Dave Ramsey program used to set up a budget for all of your accounts from month to month. They allow you to see what bills are due when, how much you are saving etc. Best of all this program is free. There is an automated feature that you pay for that you link your banking information to track payments. I choose to manually enter them at this time. The other program I use is Prism available on iTunes and Google Play, this app allows you to connect with your billing accounts and reminds you of payment due dates. This has been life save, because I have all of my billing information handy at all times.
While couponing is not as easy at it looks, it can really be beneficial. The collection of coupons is key in saving on cost. Sites like The Coupon Clippers, CouponMom, Money Saving Mom, The Krazy Coupon Lady, and Coupons.com. These sites all have a variety of coupons, some are more detailed than other. They provide what stores coupons can be used and how you get the most benefit from the coupon use.
Ultimately, any method you choose needs to be the best for you, the more methods of saving money the more likely you will have something set aside in an emergency. The same goes for tracking how your money is spend, both of these elements work hand in hand. I really hope this helps you. Good luck on your savings journey.