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Smart Spending – 5 Personal Finance Tips Everyone Should Follow

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Babies aren’t born with a budgeting book in their hand, which means that being financially savvy is something you have to learn, rather than a trait you get from birth. However, with forethought, planning, and the right information, you can end up in a reasonably lucrative financial situation. Put yourself on the path to economic success with these five financial tips:  

Avoid Credit Cards

Credit cards should only ever be something you use in an emergency. Otherwise, you may end up maxing them out on things you don’t need, with not a cent left when you finally need money for an emergency situation. Alternatively, you can scrap the credit card altogether and benefit from fast cash loans. Low-interest cash loans for small amounts of money can help anyone through a tough financial time, without falling into the lap of an undesirable loan shark or credit card company.

See a Financial Advisor

Why wait until you’re in a dire financial situation before seeing a budget advisor? If you know you’re not good with money but have so far managed to scrape through by the skin of your teeth, there’s no better time than now to get help. A financial advisor can help you to work out a budget, teach you how to save, and give you tips on how to cut your spending, so you have more money left for emergencies. The sooner you can get control of your spending, the sooner you can be on the fast track to a more secure financial future.

Consider Investment

If you continually have money left over at the end of the working week above and beyond what you would put away for a savings scheme, then why not look at your investment options? There are many safe, secure, low-risk investment options available, including peer-to-peer lending, real estate, and the stock market.

The return on an investment can often be far more than if you let your money sit in a bank account to earn interest. However, it’s important to know all the risks and talk to experts – after all, investments are never risk-free. If they were, everyone would have them.

Be a Saver

If you’re always spending every penny you earn on items that aren’t a necessity, it might be time to make a drastic change to secure your finances. Too many people are not putting money away for a rainy day, which means you’re not futureproofing yourself and your family. This can be the difference between spending your retirement years in comfort or poverty.

If you’re going to begin building your nest egg, start with the 50-30-20 rule: spend 50 percent on necessities, 30 percent on discretionary items, and put 20 percent into a savings account.

Track Your Spending

How often do you look at your bank account and wonder where all the money went? Even when you account for all your bills, it’s all too common to have several hundred dollars left over on paper and none in your bank account. Unfortunately, those daily coffees, snacks, and “treat yourself” trips to the clothing store can all add up. To prevent overspending, withdraw cash for yourself every week as an allowance and don’t touch your bank account. You’ll be surprised at what’s left over.

Everyone at some point will struggle with money – be it a significant bill, or not having enough of it for daily living. However, if you find yourself in strife, or want to avoid trouble in the first place, you may find these financial tips can be of assistance. It’s best to grab a life ring before you end up needing it.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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