What do you think about when someone mentions the word “money”? How do you currently treat your money? Do you have good money habits or do you spend your money on whatever you need? Do you regularly pay off all of your bills, have good credit, or have any savings? The key to being financially secure is getting a bead on your current financial situation and doing whatever you can to improve it.
Saving money for a rainy day is key to having peace of mind in case of an emergency. Many times, people have been stricken by a tragedy, such as losing their job or having to file for bankruptcy. Therefore, you need to prepare for that possibility by setting aside a little bit of money every month, despite how little it may seem. Consistently saving money every month is needed to eventually build up a nest egg. If you have problems with saving money, it is probably because of ignorance. You may not know where your money is currently going. If that is the case, use a budget and record your expenses for the next month and find out where your money is being spent. The next step after that is to simply cut out those unnecessary expenses. If you’re not willing to do that, you probably have more financial problems than you are letting on.
How much debt do you currently have? What is the interest rate on those debts? Some interest rates are outrageous, particularly on credit card debts. If you have a problem with not having enough money and you use credit cards to fill in the gap, it will bite you in the butt later. Do your best to pay off those high interest rates first. Once you do that, you can start saving money for yourself. An alternate route is to use that money for investing instead. It’s normally a good idea to start investing only when you have a few months of savings first. But once you start investing, that money will start growing itself and it will be able to take care of you in retirement. It won’t be easy at first, but with enough sacrifice, you’ll eventually be able to achieve financial freedom.
- Stock Carnival Ecstasy – July 28, 2011 (fastswings.blogspot.com)
- What’s Financial Wisdom anyway? (fastswings.com)