Making sound personal financial decisions, these days, is essential if you hope to see a better tomorrow. So, in this day and age, just how does one manage to budget, save and prepare? It’s actually not as difficult as you might think. There are a few important rules to consider but if you follow them, financial security can be yours.
When you go to the bank or a mortgage broker and you get pre-approved for a loan you should subtract 20 percent off of the amount that they are offering to lend you and only take that amount. This will keep you safe from any unexpected financial situations that may come up.
College education can be very expensive, academic scholarships can be a huge help in financing your education. Academic scholarships are awarded for excelling in school. Those who receive academic scholarships had an acceptable GPA, excelled in their studies, and the college would like that individual to continue studying at their school.
When it comes to maintaining your financial health, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is establish an emergency fund. Having an emergency fund will help you avoid sliding into debt in the event you or your spouse loses your job, needs medical care or has to face an unexpected crisis. Setting up an emergency fund is not hard to do, but requires some discipline. Figure out what your monthly expenses are and set a goal to save 6-8 months of funds in an account you can easily access if needed. Plan to save a full 12 months of funds if you are self-employed.
Keep your checkbook balanced. It’s really not so hard and can save you the expense and embarrassment of bounced checks and overdrawn fees. Do not just call the bank for a balance and count on having that amount in your account. Some debits and checks may not have cleared yet, resulting in overdrafts when they hit the bank.
To make your savings account earn money while you sit back and watch, invest in a long term fixed rate. These accounts offer a higher, fixed interest rate for a longer period of time. Most banks offer high interest to get your money, then cut the rate after a few months. Long term fixed rate accounts will have your money making money while it is in the bank.
If you want to save money, then look hard at your current spending patterns. It is easy to theoretically “wish” you could save money, but actually doing it requires some self-discipline and a little detective work. For one month, write down all of your expenses in a notebook. Commit to writing down everything, such as, morning coffee, taxi fare or pizza delivery for the kids. The more accurate and specific you are, then the better understanding you will get for where your money is really going. Knowledge is power! Scrutinize your log at the end of the month to find the areas you can cut back on and bank the savings. Small changes add up to big dollars over time, but you have to make the effort.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to make sure that you do not get rid of your oldest credit cards. This is important because the length of time that you have had a credit is extremely important. If you plan on closing cards, close only the newest ones.
A metal detector can be a fun and exciting way to get some extra valuables and contribute to your personal finances. A local beach can often be the best place for someone with a rented or owned metal detector, to find old coins or even valuable jewelery, that other people have lost.
Get a free checking account. If you have a checking account you have to pay monthly fees on, you could be wasting money. Instead, look for a checking account that doesn’t have monthly fees or per transaction fees. You may have to set up direct deposit with some banks to get a free checking account.
In this article we have discussed the rules involved in becoming financially secure. Financial security is important for many reasons, from today’s purchases to tomorrow’s retirement. Review these tips often and incorporate them into your every day life. Your financial situation will improve and you will be thankful.