Advice on Saving

Truth: I've never been very good at saving money.  Well, technically, that's only partially true... I am really good at saving for a vacation, especially for destinations abroad.  Once the seed of a travel idea is planted, I am 100% on board the saving bandwagon.  My bank and I become BFF again, and every penny counts.  

Saving for other things; car, house, life, (you know, the important stuff), I'm not so good at that.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not raking in the credit card debt either, I just have a harder time pinching my pennies during Nordstrom sales and the like.  Luckily, my husband is an excellent saver.  He was born to save.  His saving habits numerically put my saving habits to shame.  But I'm learning, and converting into a saver, just a wee bit more each day.    

I read all kinds of magazines that claim to have the answers to saving, but I figured I'd put this question out there and see what YOU all have to say.  How do you save?  What's your system or strategy?  A certain number per month?  Cash envelopes?  I am BEYOND curious and eager for advice, feedback, and everything in between.  A "by golly this works" end-all-be-all solution would be fantastic, but I'm not holding my breath. :)  So if you have some words of wisdom from your own experience, I'd love to hear your thoughts; what works, what doesn't, and any tips for the future so I can further my saving endeavors.

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