Managing money means budgeting your money and living within your means. It also means setting long and short term goals, and saving money for rainy days. You need to have realistic goals and plans to pay off your debt and also plans for your retirement.

Managing your money is equally important as earning money. If you don’t budget and plan your expenditures, you would soon find yourself juggling with your bills, having to borrow money and soon find yourself buried in debt. Here are 5 very useful money management tips that will help you to budget your money, pay off your debts and work towards your financial freedom.

1. Budget your moneyoffice-614213_1280

To stay on top of your finances, having a budget is very important. A budget is just like keeping records of your income and expenditures and savings, so that you know where most of your money is going and how much you have left after expenses.

To budget your money, first consider your income sources. Think about where all your money is coming from such as your paychecks and other benefits. Next, make a list of your bills and payments, such as your house rent, mortgage, car payment, utility bills, insurance, grocery bills, credit card payments, and so on. Also include money for entertainment and emergencies. You should have a saving amount left after deducting your expenditures from income.

2. Reduce bad spending and plan for emergencies

Many people don’t plan for emergencies, but it is very important to have emergency savings. Just think about if your car broke down and you were stuck with a car repair bill?

Look at your list and get rid of the things that you can live without. For example reduce your entertainment and anything else that can be eliminated from your list. It will give you an idea of where your most expenses are and how to reduce your bad spending habits.

3. Keep money aside for savings

Get into the habit of saving. Set an amount aside every week from your paycheck into your fixed deposit or retirement funds and treat it as expenditure. Make the deposit before you spend money on anything else.

4. Payoff your high interest debts

credit-card-851502_1280If you have high interest loans or credit card balances, try to pay them off as quickly as possible. Don’t just make minimum payments on your cards, but try to make extra payments so that you can improve your credit score.

You probably have several different types of loans or credit cards, charging you different rates of interest. Store credit cards usually charge you higher interest rates than bank loans. It is important that you keep track of all your debts and terms of your loan and pay off the highest interest charging cards first. Never make the mistake of borrowing more money to pay off debts.

5. Get help if you have serious debt problems

Don’t neglect your bills and put off your debts thinking that they can wait. Waiting will only make things worse. Some people wait too long and then then the interest charges just keep piling up. If you are already behind on your payments and having trouble making your ends meet, you should get professional help. There are plans available for financial counseling and for consolidating your debts to  stop your creditor from taking legal action against you or going into collection.

It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when you have bills piling up. However, ignoring your bills will only make things worse. Reach out for help, get help from financial advisors, non-profit agencies or programs that can help you get out of debt fast.

Hope you will able to benefit from these tips and be serious about your finances. Remember that it’s never too early or too late to plan for your retirement.

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Source: Balanced Life team

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