You might not feel like it now, but it is possible to live a comfortable, financially sound life. You don’t even have to be rich or work all the hours’ God sends to live comfortably, (although it would probably help!), you just have to start and keep making sensible financial decisions like the following:
Have a Savings Endgame in Mind
Saving isn’t exactly sexy, and most of us would like to spend your spare cash on good times, great experiences and cool gadgets given the choice, which is why it’s so important that you work out why you want to start saving for a brighter financial future right now. Sit down, let your mind wander and think about all the things you could do if you had more financial security. Write them down and then work out how much money you’ll need to save to make them a reality.
Reduce Your Expenses
If you want to be better off in the future, you might just have to live a little more modestly now. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up your gym membership or drive a really old car if you don’t want to – it just means that you need to identify areas where easy savings can be made. For example, switching eco-friendly appliances could save you hundreds of dollars per year, as could car sharing and buying your groceries in bulk.
Draw Up a Budget
Yes, the ‘B’ word. I can hear you sighing from here! It’s much maligned, but a budget is the best way to take control of your finances and stick to your spending goals. Make sure your incomings are more than your outgoings and build in a little breathing room for vacations and special occasions, and you’ll find it easier than ever to save and invest more money for your future.
Tackle Your Debts
If you have mounting debts, it’s sensible to tackle them now, rather than leave them to languish and grow. Consolidating your debts is the simplest way to sort out a debt problem, but you will need to consult a professional.
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Direct to Savings
Once your paycheck hits your bank account, it will start to tempt you. You’ll think about buying that cute new dress or that record player you’ve been eyeing up for weeks, and more often than not, you’ll fall off the wagon and make a poor financial choice. How do I avoid this? I hear you say. Simple, automate your account so that a proportion of your salary is automatically paid into your savings account each month. It’ll be much more painless that way.
Once you’ve got into the swing of things, and you’re used to saving a lump sum each month, consider adding more and more to your savings account as the months go by, so that, when the time comes for you to work on your goals, you’ll be surprised just how much money is available to you.
Are you financially secure now? How did you get there? What challenges did you face?