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Money management is important for everyone. Without managing your money well, you can run into all sorts of trouble and face all sorts of challenges. Financial stability can help you to lead a more comfortable and happy life, free of the stress of debt or running short. Of course, managing money well is easier said than done. You’ll have to constantly focus on what you’re doing and what you need to do going forward to experience success and keep your head above water. All in all, the effort is worth it. Here are a few pieces of advice that should help you to do well in this venture!

Budget

If you don’t already have a budget, now is the time to create one. Everyone, no matter who they are or how much they have, should have a budget. This is a tool that will help you to understand how much money you have and how much you can afford to spend each month. This sounds simple but all too many people make mistakes with the process. Start out by understanding how much money you have available to you each month. This won’t just be your salary, as you need to take into account tax deductions and other essential contributions. Your take home pay is what you need to work with. Then deduct your essential costs from this figure. These could include things that you need to survive or that you are contracted to pay. Examples include rent or mortgage payments, energy bills, water bills, grocery shopping, minimum credit card payments and more. The figure you are left with is your disposable income. This is the amount you can spend each month without overspending and slipping into debt. Stick to it!

Save or Invest

If you have enough disposable income, you may want to consider saving or investing. This will put some money aside for you on a rainy day, or it can help your money to grow. Of course, knowing the right accounts to save into or knowing where to invest can be difficult. This is where wealth management firms come into play. They will be able to advise you on what to do to make the most of your money. They can make recommendations and guide your saving or investments.

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Clear Debt

If you have outstanding debt, it’s absolutely essential that you clear it as quickly and efficiently as possible, especially if you’re paying interest on it. The sooner you clear your debts, the sooner you will stop paying interest, which is essentially wasted money. There are a number of different ways to clear your debt. Here are a couple to consider:

  • Use Your Disposable Income – using as much of your disposable income as possible to chip away at debt will help you to clear your balance more quickly. Sure, you need to leave some money to enjoy life. But still dedicate as much as you can around this and your debts will clear sooner.
  • Balance Transfer – if you’ve used a credit card and are paying a lot of interest on your balance, you should consider a balance transfer. This will allow you to switch the outstanding amount to another card that could be interest free for a set period of time or could have lower interest rates.

Hopefully, this information will all help to serve you when it comes to managing your finances responsibly!

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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