creating good financial habits

By Lena / September 12, 2012

Creating Good Financial Habits

Managing your personal finances can sometimes be a hard thing to do, especially when you dig yourself in a hole. But even if you have yourself in a bad financial situation then you want to take a step back and think about what you should be doing with your life. It is a good idea to get yourself in good financial standing as soon as possible, so get your mind in the right place start planning out what you want to do with your finances and your future.

When you use a card to make debit or credit purchases you can easily dig a deep hole in your bank account. So make sure you take out a cash amount and budget that as your spending money. When you have a physical amount in your pocket for how much you have to spend you know what you can and cannot buy. So avoid swiping the card because you can’t really see how much you have left which can leave you in debt.

You should balance your checkbook at least once a week. You want to basically balance your checkbook every time you use your debit card or write a check. Knowing how much money you have left is a great way to manage what you have left to spend. So think about regularly balancing out how much money you have left so you know what is feasible to buy.

Sometimes you are overcharged or double charged when you make a purchase. So make sure that you keep all of your receipts so that just in case you are wrongly charged on your bills. You also want to keep all of your receipts so that you can know how much you have left to spend and calculate how much you are spending.

Make sure that you check up on your bank statements, this is a good way to make sure that your finances are all in check. Sometimes you can find that there are charges on your bank account that you did not authorize, and checking your account can help you ensure nothing like this happens.

Decide how much you make on a weekly basis and budget your money accordingly. This is a good way to make sure that you do not overspend in a time period. Budgeting is key when wanting to create a promising financial situation for yourself.

Think about the items that you need to purchase in a week. When you make a shopping list you plan out how much you are going to spend in a week and follow through with your shopping list.

After you pay all of your bills and put some money aside you want to put some money on the side to spend on anything. “Anything” money is a great way to budget your money properly because this is money that you calculate and manage within your budget to spend.

Saving money is one of the smartest things you can do for yourself. So consider creating a savings account for yourself and try and put in as much money as you can manage into that account.

So make sure that you follow through with a lot of the advice you learned today. You also want to make up your own strategies to budget your money for the future. As long as you are trying to do the right thing and apply yourself you should find yourself in a positive and promising financial situation in no time.

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