1. Pay yourself first: You've heard this mantra before. Put money aside for savings when you get paid, and then leave it there. There will be nothing "left over" at the end of the week, so put it aside first.
2. Save modestly: Trying grandiose schemes for savings will backfire. Put aside modest amounts at first, so you can train your brain to save. Even $10 a week is a good start - and over 30 years, that would top $30,000 even at 5% interest. Start out small and work your way up.
3. Used forced plans: Your 401(k) takes money out of your paycheck before you even "see" it - and it is hard as hell to get at. So it forces you to save.
4. Put money where you can't get at it: As I noted before, we had a credit union account in Maryland that I mailed checks to. Since we had no debit card, I would have to drive to Maryland to get at the money. As a result, we saved.
5. Create a specific savings plan or account for specific needs: If your car is getting old, start putting $100 a month into a savings account at your credit union or bank, with the idea of saving up for a new one. By the time old Betsy heads to the junkyard, you'll have a few grand saved up for the next car - and can pay cash, instead of financing.
6. Realize that Savings is HARD: No one has it easy, trying to save money. It is a continual struggle to save, not an easy road to riches. So don't expect it to be easy, quick, and painless. Because it ain't. But most of the good things in life are the result of hard work and sacrifice. What comes easy is usually horribly bad for you - just think about it for a second.