Economic times are hard, and you’re not alone if you’re feeling the effects of the economy on your personal pocketbook. While financial problems can be devastating and worrying, they are not permanent. Below are tips to help guide you on personal financing so you can get out of debt and/or start planning for the future.
Don’t throw away money! If you have an item you no longer want, don’t just toss it. Look online or in your local newspapers “for sale” ads to find out what it might be worth then advertise it for sale. If you have quite a few items, have a yard sale. You have spent money to obtain your items, you shouldn’t lose money when you are finished with them.
Since you are already paying for them, make the most of all your employment benefits. That could mean going to the doctor and using your prescription card every time you feel under the weather instead of putting it off until the issue causes you to miss days of unpaid work. That could also mean making the maximum matched contribution.
To keep yourself committed to saving, earmark the money for an important purpose and set a specific goal. It is far easier to feel good about choosing to save your money over choosing to spend it if you can tell yourself that it is going toward something significant like your child’s college education.
One of the most botched personal-finance decision’s people make is the unnecessary purchase of a new car. Because a new car depreciates by 20-30% as soon as it leaves the dealer, it is one of the worst investments you can make with your money. Consider buying a barely used version of the same model, and you can reduce your costs considerably without compromising the reliability of your car.
Instead of doing your grocery shopping on the same day of every week, consider shopping a single day later each week. If you shop using the same list, you will have saved more than one week’s worth of your shopping money once you have repeated this practice for seven weeks.
Don’t let the economy get you down! Fight back by having a plan for your personal finances, debts, and future endeavors. The tips above will help you on your personal journey to a good financial situation. Once you are set up with a financial plan for the present, start planning for the future to avoid the stress of last minutes scrambling to pay debts.