One of my goals for 2013 was to save $250 out of every pay period. In the financial community this is known as Pay Yourself First. The idea is to send money to a savings account before paying any bills or spending any money. So far I haven't missed any payments to myself this year and as you can see I went ahead and paid myself for March:
My goal is to up this amount to $500 per month in 2014 and make this a permanent habit. I may mix things up a bit and send $250 to the savings account and $250 to invest in stocks. Stocks may be more volatile but companies like McDonald's or Microsoft are not going away any time soon, the long term goal would be to wake up one day and be a millionaire.