We all have finances, and yet so many of us never get any real training or education on how to go about them wisely. As this article will show you, you don’t have to be a math genius or a financial guru in order to make wise investments and get your money matters in order.
Credit card debt is a major problem in United States. Nowhere else in the world experiences it to the extent we do. Keep yourself out of debt by only using your credit card when you have money in the bank to spend. Alternatively, get a debit card instead of a credit card.
When you are putting together a family budget, make sure to get all in the family involved including your children. Since money is spent on each family member, having your family’s input on how much they spend and how much to save, a compromise can then be made on a budget. It is easier to stick with a budget when you have a family consensus.
Make the move to local banks and credit unions. Your local bank and lending institutions will have more control over how they lend money resulting in better rates on credit cards and savings accounts, which could then be reinvested in your own community. All of this, with good old-fashioned personal service!
Budget, budget, budget – yes, whatever you do, make a budget. The only way to know what is coming in and what is going out is with a budget and a ledger. Whether it’s with pen and paper or a computer program, sit down and get it done. Your finances will thank you for it.
If you want your child to have a good grasp on the value of money and on the particulars of managing their finances, start them off with an allowance early. Having a child earn their allowance through chores is a good way to help them learn that hard work pays off.
Make arrangements with your bank for an automatic payment that will clear the balance of your credit card bill each month. Making this arrangement avoids you forgetting to ever do so.
Look for coupons online, and clip coupons from your local newspaper. You can save more money sometimes buying a name brand and using coupons, than you can when buying from discount stores and purchasing generic products. This is not always the case, but it is worth taking the extra time to check it out.
Never co-sign a friend’s loan. Co-signing makes a threesome “� the creditor, your friend and you “� that too often ends badly, possibly affecting your own credit. Don’t do it unless you are willing to pay the loan yourself. Because you are equally responsible, you’ll be hounded to make good if your friend defaults.
If you work for a company that offers a 401k, contribute to it on a regular basis. Have a percentage of your paycheck drawn out every month (usually around 4-6%) and put into this account. Most companies are willing to match what you put into the account up to a certain percentage.
Consider signing up for a flexible spending account (FSA). FSA allows you to pay for dependent care expenses, commuting and medical expenses and prescriptions or health insurance co-payments using pre-tax dollars. This simply means that you don’t have to pay taxes from the funds you use to pay these regularly occurring expenditures.
Don’t throw away money! If you have an item you no longer want, don’t just toss it. Look online or in your local newspapers “for sale”� ads to find out what it might be worth then advertise it for sale. If you have quite a few items, have a yard sale. You have spent money to obtain your items, you shouldn’t lose money when you are finished with them.
Only you can make your own financial decisions. Even if that decision is seeking out the advice of a professional, you must do that on your own. This article is meant to be an educational tool to guide you in the right direction. Put some of these ideas into practice and you will see changes in how you handle and think about money.