It may seem like it is you against the world sometimes when it comes to dealing with personal finance. With the vast amount of information available online, it can be nearly overwhelming at first. This article will provide 6 helpful ways for you to get started on the right path.
- Find a financial mentor. This person can be a relative, a co-worker or your boss. Find someone that you can look up to who handles money the way you would like to. Try to find out how that person perceives money and what kinds of expenditures he or she makes. This can help give you new ideas for yourself.
- Put timers on your electrical lights. It is amazing how much leaving one or two unneeded lights burning in the house will inflate your electrical bill over time. Children, in particular, have problems remembering to turn lights off. In rooms like the bathroom, where time spent there is minimal, timers can really pay off.
- Get yourself a free checking account. Checking accounts these days charge an average of about $13.00 in monthly fees, and usually require a minimum balance to keep the account free. Switch to a no-fee account that requires no minimum balance and does not charge per transaction. Try smaller banks in your community, online-only banks or credit unions.
- If you have a credit card without a rewards program, consider applying for one that earns you miles. Combine a credit card that earns miles with a frequent flier rewards program from your favorite airline and you’ll fly for free every now and again. Make sure to use your miles before they expire though.
- Write all of your expenses down by category. For example, putting all utility bills in one category and credit card bills in another. This will help you get organized and prioritize your bills. This will also be helpful in finding what spending you should cut back on to save money.
- When you are putting together a family budget, make sure to get all the family involved including your children. Since money is spent on each family member, having your family’s input on how much they spend and how much to save, a compromise can then be made on a budget. It is easier to stick with a budget when you have a family consensus.
In summary, you want to do all that you can to learn about personal finance. There is a lot of information available, but I have provided some of the most important tips. Hopefully I have provided you with enough information to not only give you a solid background, but also further spark your interest for starting over in life.
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