With all due respect to the importance of personal relationships, one of the most important facets of a successful life is personal finance. Making money, keeping it, and growing it makes the rest of your life easier and more enjoyable. Here are some ideas to help increase your personal bottom line.
In order to keep track of your personal finances, use a smart phone based app or a calendar warning, on your computer or phone, to tell you when bills are due. You should set goals for how much you want to have spent by a particular date in the month. This works because it’s an easy reminder and you don’t even need to think about it, once you’ve set it up.
Keep an emergencey supply of money on hand to be better prepared for personal finance disasters. At some point, everyone is going to run into trouble. Whether it is an unexpected illness, or a natural disaster, or something else that is terrible. The best we can do is plan for them by having some extra money set aside for these types of emergencies.
Buying used can save you a lot of cash. Cars for example, lose up to 20% of their purchase price, just by signing on the dotted line and driving off the lot in it. Let someone else pay for that depreciation by purchasing a car that is a couple of years old. You will still have a low mileage warrantied car, but without the hit to your equity.
Pay special attention to the details if you finance your car. Most finance companies require you to purchase full coverage, or they have the right to repossess your vehicle. Do not fall into a trap by signing up for liability only if your finance company requires more. You have to submit your insurance details to them, so they will find out.
Loaning money to friends and family is something that you should not consider. When you loan money to someone that you are close to emotionally, you will be in a tough position when it is time to collect, especially if they do not have the money, due to financial issues.
The majority of your unnecessary spending will usually come on a whim, as it should be your mission to limit this as much as possible. Before you go to the supermarket, make a list so that you just purchase the items that you are there for, reducing the amount of impulse purchases.
If your finances are such that you can’t afford to put a sizeable down payment on a new car, you can’t afford that car. Cars depreciate extremely quickly, and unless you make a large payment up-front, you will end up upside-down on that loan. Owing more than the worth of your car makes it difficult to sell the car and can put you in a bad position if the car were to be wrecked.
Feel free to take advantage of paperless billing and paperless bank statements, but be careful not to become senseless on personal finance matters. The pitfall lurking in paperless finance lies in how easy it becomes to ignore your month-to-month finances. Banks, billers, or even thieves, can take advantage of this willful ignorance, so force yourself to review your online finances regularly.
These tips should have given you many ideas — and a jump-start to your motivation — to make smart money decisions. Whether it’s earning, saving, investing, or even spending, you can now face the financial world with more confidence and less intimidation. Here’s to a brighter future and your increased net worth!