The economy isn’t recovering as quickly as anyone would like, so it’s still important to keep a close eye on your personal finances and household spending for peace of mind. Is money still slipping through your fingers as fast as you get it? There are probably a few areas you can cut back. Read on for some fresh ideas.
Start saving money in a regular savings account. It won’t help your credit report right now, but it will give you the safety to handle issues that may arise. The lack of a savings is what causes a lot of accounts to go into default. Make sure you cans survive temporary issues that may come up with a good emergency savings account.
If you don’t already have one, open an IRA. You can contribute catch-up funds anytime throughout the year to get your maximum interest. This is also tax deductible. So, if you need to find a few more ways to raise those deduction amounts, it’s better to pay yourself, than uncle Sam.
After you’ve developed a clear cut budget, then develop a savings plan. Say you spend 75% of your income on bills, leaving 25%. With that 25%, determine what percentage you will save and what percentage will be your fun money. In this way, over time, you will develop a savings.
If you save your change from cash purchases, it can accrue over time to a nice chunk of money, that you can use to supplement your personal finances anyway you want. It can be used for something that you have been wanting but couldn’t afford, such as a new guitar or if you want to make it work for you, it can be invested.
Lots of families have lost their primary source of income due to lay-offs or medical issues. In these cases you might be late with your rent payment or might not even be able to pay it. Find out from the landlord how much time you have to bring your account current, or if he allows you to live in the apartment for the period covered by the security deposit.
Stay away from white or beige colored fluffy carpets when you rent. They may be stylish and nice to look at during the first few months, but it is almost impossible to clean them perfectly. At the end of the lease period it will look much worse than it looked when you rented the place, which may cause you to lose some or all of your security deposit.
Before signing a lease agreement, talk to your future property management about the privacy policies. Many places require social security numbers and many other personal pieces of information, but they never explain how this information is stored and kept safe. Stolen identities are on a sky high rise in the past decade and without proper safekeeping from the management company, yours can be next.
Read books about personal finance and make a point to do this consistently. Motivational books about personal finance keep you on your toes and help make you make great strides in this department. Dave Ramsey has some really great books out, and I definitely recommend his book “Financial Peace.” It is a great read!
Enlist the help of a friend to cut the fat from your spending. Let a trusted friend or family member look at your budget and spending habits. Sometimes the unbiased eye of another person will bring to light an area in which you can but back or are overspending.
Never allow the bills to pile up if you have the financial means with which to pay them. Believing that a bill isn’t important because you’d rather take a vacation or rather spend money on a TV is a surefire way to fall behind. Once you begin to fall behind, it’s hard to catch back up.
If you are thinking of starting a business, but are worried about your personal financial situation, pitch your plan to investors or a financially-sound potential business partner. It might not be ideal, but you can get your business off the ground if your idea sounds profitable enough to the right people.
You work hard to make money. You should work as hard to keep it! Get spending under control and be sure to save what you can. Add the above tips to your arsenal of knowledge about making, spending and saving money, and watch your safety net grow. Enjoy your new peace of mind!