Personal finance is an essential part of life, but that doesn’t mean you are naturally going to get the gist of things without the right training, education, and resources. If you are unprepared and unclear on the processes involved, you could make costly mistakes that you could have otherwise, avoided. Take these tips with you as you get into any type of personal finance projects that will require more understanding.
Keep a daily checklist. Reward yourself when you’ve completed everything on the list for the week. Sometimes it’s easier to see what you have to do, than to rely on your memory. Whether it’s planning your meals for the week, prepping your snacks or simply making your bed, put it on your list.
Home equity loans are tempting but dangerous. If you miss a payment on a home equity loan, you could lose your home. Make sure that you can afford the monthly payments and that you have a significant emergency savings built up before taking out any loans against your home.
If you are a member of any groups such as the police, military or a car assistance club, ask if a store provides discounts. Many shops offer discounts of 10% or even more, but not all advertise that fact. Prepare to show your card as proof of membership or give your number if you are shopping online.
Staying as responsible as possible, is a key trait in maintaining a solid bank account. When you have a checking account, make sure that you never take more than you have. This can lead to overdraft fees, which can add up over time and have an impact on your overall balance.
If you want to repair or improve your credit score, keep the balances on your credit cards as low as possible. Using less of your available credit tells creditors that you aren’t in financial difficulties, which translates into an increased credit score. Using about thirty percent of your available credit is the sweet spot.
If you are planning on not paying a bill this month, don’t let it be your insurance premium! In as little as two missed payments you could find your insurance coverage canceled. If you’re already facing financial difficulties, this will NOT be the time to have to pay for any accident that happens out-of-pocket!
An area of personal finance that sometimes gets overlooked is insurance. If you were to lose your job or become ill, even a substantial savings account could be depleted pretty quickly. Many mortgages, loans and credit cards offer insurance that will pay your payments during such events. Disability insurance is another way to ensure a source of income if you were to get hurt. It is usually not as much as your regular salary, but combined with your savings, it can cushion the blow a bit.
Personal finance could be difficult to understand, but only if you aren’t taking the time to learn what everything means, how it all works, and how it all fits into your life’s financial matters. You could be successful in your attempts, but only if you use tips like these to get through each process.