Author: <span class="vcard">Jacob Holloway</span>

The Benefits of Developing Good Habits in Handling your Finances

Developing a good habit, in anything, takes time and experience.  Establishing financial habits, that are good for you, are not any different.  But, the effort it will take to develop responsible spending habits and good financial practices will be worth your while.

Bad decisions can lead to financial problems.  To keep on making these bad decisions will just dig the financial hole deeper.  You need to identify bad habits, learn to understand why you make them, and then find ways to counter making these mistakes on a regular basis.

It is okay to make a financial mistake and then learn from it.  It is not acceptable to let these mistakes turn into bad habits that keep repeating.

 

 

Reaping the Benefits of good Financial Habits:

  1. Learn to use Credit Cards Responsibly: It is not bad to have a credit card account or two.  You can use it for emergencies and some credit cards use rewards points systems that you can use for later for something special.  Be careful to not develop spending habits that will be more than your monthly income.  Pay off your credit card balances as soon as possible.  Do not buy things that will need an extended pay-off time.
  2. Know how much you’re Monthly Bills and other Essential Needs will be: When you do not know what your essential expenses are, you won’t know how much money to put aside to keep up to date with payments.  You need to know your income and the amount of money you need to pay bills, groceries, school fees, transport, etc. before you can start spending money on other things.  Do not spend on extras when there is nothing left for extras.
  3. Keeping your Appliances and Products well Maintained: When you regularly have the oil in your car changed, you can save money on gas and also extend the work life of the car.  Keeping appliances in good working condition you can save on replacement and repair costs.  Have the furnace maintained by a professional before winter comes, each year.  You will lower the costs of energy and extend the life of your furnace.  Having your roof inspected once a year will protect your home and prevent you from missing small repairs that can become huge replacements.

Understanding the fundamental rules and taking the steps towards controlling your finances will ensure more money in your pocket and it will also ensure a life that is a lot easier without financial worries.

 


Tricks and Tips on Coping and Understanding the Debt Disease

People still believe that all financial problems will lead to bankruptcy.  However, a lot of possibilities are available to implement before you go for broke.  You will find debt-management plans that will give advice on managing your debts in a better way.  To have any debt management plan be effective, you will need to make sound decisions and discipline to keep to these decisions.

 

Debt Management Plans to Consider Helping you cope with the Debt Disease:

  1. Managing your Debt; the first major decision you will need to make is to freeze all your unnecessary spending. You should withhold all purchases that are not essential for your daily survival.  Do not use credit cards.  Delay any purchase that you do not need at that moment.  Try living below what you earn, or at least, break even.  This will encourage you to save whatever may be left at the end of the month.  Also, try to pay more than the monthly minimum payment on the balance of your debt.  Stop spending more, overspend, than you have.
  2. Prioritize your Debt Payments; there are debts that you will need to be paid before other. Credit card debts and those with high-interest rates should be tackled first.  Bad credit loans with high-interest rates should also be on your high priority list.  When you have taken care of the more expensive debt, you can start on the other debts.  There are good debts and bad debts, where the good ones will be your student loans and home mortgages.  Make sure that you keep your good debt record in order to ensure that you do not lose those investments.
  3. Debt Consolidation; may be a good option to consider. When you looked at all the factors that are included in your debt, you might find that consolidating them all into one loan can be beneficial.  You can repay at lower interest rates.  Loans towards debt consolidation are available from loan companies and banks.

Debt management, debt settlement, debt mitigation and debt consolidation are all possible solutions to your debt problems.  The spectrum of workable options is long.  Bankruptcy falls under extreme measurements and will only be considered as the very last outcome of your debt problems.


The Best Way to Manage your Money is to Always Keep on Saving

The best advice that anyone could have given you, is actually an old saying that states that every penny you saved is a penny you earned.  And another very true saying states that when you take care of the small pennies, the bigger money will take care of itself.

It all just means that while you take care of the smaller issues, financial things in your everyday life, the bigger money issues will take care of themselves.  Applying this to your personal life will get you in the right kind of mindset, to be good to your money.

 

Advice on How to Save Money:

  1. Take care how you spend your money on your grocery store trip: Do not buy extra, non-essential items.  Always make a list before going to the grocery store and then keep to your list.
  2. Take your own work lunch: You can save a lot of money by packing your own lunch from home.  You can also be good to yourself in the way that food brought from home is healthier, take-out foods can have hidden fats, sugars, and salt, all detrimental to your health that might shorten a lifetime of saving pennies for a good retirement.
  3. Decide on Saving Goals, and keep saving towards them: Create a list of all the things you would like to have or do; the small and big things.  Then decide on how you are going to save for each item on your list, one little penny at a time.
  4. Plan for that unforeseen emergency: An emergency can occur at any time, if you are prepared or not, life will happen.  And when it happens it won’t be just a penny or two, for that matter.
  5. What to do with a sudden Windfall? You might have a lot of ideas about what you want to do with the extra money, but think before you do.  It can be used to lower your mortgage or maybe consolidate a debt.  Before spending it all on something you do not need, think about the other things you can do with it.

You can save every day by doing little things differently.  You just need to keep your focus to see every opportunity to save and use your imagination to create more opportunities for saving.