Becoming better with money is more than just making ends meet. You don’t need to be a great mathematician to understand finance. You can just need to know the subtractions and additions.
Life is much easier when you have good financial skills. How you spend your money impacts your credit score and the amount of debt you end up carrying.
In case you want to purchase something big, that means using your budget and the balance in your checking and savings accounts to decide whether you can afford a purchase. Also, be pretty sure just because the money is there doesn’t mean you can make the buy. You have also to consider the bills and expenses you’ll have to pay before your next payday.
Here are 3 ways you can become better with money,
1.Have a budget plan:
Many people don’t have a budget plan because they may be confused or they might not know how to plan it. Some people think that it will be a boring process of listing out expenses, adding up numbers. If you’re bad with money, you don’t have room for excuses with budgeting. It only takes a few hours working a budget each month. Instead of focusing on the process of creating a budget, focus on the value that budgeting will bring to your life.
Your budget is useless if you make it and put it aside in a folder tucked away in your bookshelf or cabinet. Refer it sometimes in a month to help guide your spending decisions. Update it as you pay bills and spend on other monthly expenses. Updating can give you an idea of how much money you’re able to spend, considering any expenses you have left to pay.
2. Make sure you are paying the best prices:
You can make the most of your money in comparison shopping, ensuring that you’re paying the lowest prices for products and services. Look for discounts, coupons, and cheaper alternatives whenever you can. When you put off large purchases, rather than sacrificing more important essentials or putting the purchase on a credit card, you give yourself time to evaluate whether the purchase is necessary and even more time to compare prices. By saving up rather than using credit, you avoid paying interest on the purchase.
3.Track your expenses:
Small purchases we ignore can actually add up quickly, and before you know it, you’ve overspent your budget. Start tracking your spending to discover places where you may be unknowingly overspending. Save your receipts and write your purchases in a spending journal, categorizing them so you can identify areas where you have a hard time keeping your spending in check.
“A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life” -Suze Orman
Financial planning can improve your productivity and helps to achieve financial independence and can foster your early retirement.
What are your ways to become better with money?
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