Friday, August 30, 2013

Three Ways to a Better Financial Future

When you’re young and (relatively) carefree learning about good money management can feel like something you can do later rather than immediately. While this might be the case, there’s no time like the present to start getting a handle on your finances, particularly with the economy remaining unstable. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of what you have: 

Spend responsibly 

When you receive your first few pay checks it can be tempting to use your credit card and splash out on all sorts of treats. While there’s no harm in treating yourself for your hard work, it’s important to think to the future too, rather than just living for the moment. So it’s a good idea to split your income in to three separate groups – essential outgoings, non-essential outgoings and savings. 

Firstly, work out how much you definitely need to spend each month on things such as rent, bills and food. From there you’ll be left with a sum to use on everything else, such as entertainment and other treats. If you’re stuck, why not follow an online guide to budget planning? 

Save for emergencies and retirement 

Once you’ve been realistic about your spending, consider transferring a percentage of your income to a savings fund. Not only will this prove useful if you fancy taking a holiday or making a big ticket purchase, it’ll also cover you for emergencies. It’s also, regardless of your age, worth thinking about your retirement. Find out if your employer offers a pension plan as these can often have a number of benefits attached to them. 

Use credit cards wisely 

When used irresponsibly credit cards can cause problems and lead to a debt spiral that the user is left paying off for years to come. However, for all those who find themselves in trouble there are many more who find their little bit of plastic extremely useful. The key is only using it to purchase what you can realistically afford to pay within a reasonable time-frame, as this will help to minimize the impact of interest rates. 

It’s also a good idea to compare credit cards to find the right product for you and always make sure you make repayments on time and whenever possible clear your balance in full each month. If nothing else, using your credit card in the right manner will boost your credit score.

16 comments:

Beeb Ashcroft said...

Good, sensible tips!

Melinda Dunne said...

I think it is really important to consider what you are doing when you use your credit cards and how the debt will impact your future. I also think it is very important to teach our children the value of money vs credit. It is easy to get into a jam if you over extend yourself.

Angela said...

Great advice! I try to only use credit cards when I know I can pay the balance in full.

Jessica @FoundtheMarbles said...

Fortunately we do these in our house. Now we just have to figure out a way to bring more income in!!

Hanan said...

Good tips! Most we've sadly learned the hard way.

Maria said...

Save, Save, Save is so true!! It is rewarding to know that budgeting makes a huge difference in my life!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I'm a huge saver so I like to have a big cushion to make me feel secure!

Natalie S. said...

Easier said then done...

Malia said...

These are some good tips!

Cristina said...

I guess I'm lucky that I don't own a credit card. I make it a point to avoid it like the plague because I'm the type with tendency to be too generous to myself.

Corinne Schmitt said...

I'm glad you provided a budgeting tool. I read somewhere once that people, on average, underestimate their monthly spending by $1000!

Couponing Away Debt said...

Great tips! I try never to use a cc unless of an emergency now and even then I pay it right off

Sheila said...

I totally agree with the first sentence, when you are young you only think about yourself, and did bother to take responsibly the word savings. This is a great tips to have secure financial future

Jennifer S. S. said...

It is important that we all make decisions about our financial futures. Thanks for sharing the info.

Kerri O said...

Great tips! We finally just cut our credit cards up because we just weren't handling them right.

Ronnie E. said...

I love to be thoughtful about my expenses, but my credit card doesn't. :) I try to save but sometimes it's hard to figure out just how much I'm spending when I use my credit card instead of cash.

Thanks for the advice! Will keep them all in mind