The economy isn’t recovering as quickly as anyone would like, so it’s still important to keep a close eye on your personal finances and household spending for peace of mind. Is money still slipping through your fingers as fast as you get it? There are probably a few areas you can cut back. Read on for some fresh ideas.
Because the times are quite volatile, it can be a good idea to keep your savings in a number of smaller accounts. Keep some of your money in your savings account and some in your checking account. Invest some in gold, stocks and even in high-interest accounts. Look for new ways to invest your money, and make sure you keep it safe.
To maximize your credit score, have at least two, but no more than four, credit cards. Using a single credit card will delay the process of building your credit, while having a large amount of credit cards can be a potential indicator of poor financial management. Do not add any more than two cards unless absolutely necessary.
To better maintain your finances, it is a good idea to have two separate bank accounts. Use one for your monthly expenses like rent, bills and food, and the other to save for emergencies or major purchases. It is also sensible to put money away in an account you never touch so you can build up your savings.
Keep in mind that a college graduate will earn more throughout their lifetime on average than a high school graduate. Invest in your education so that you can invest in your future earnings potentials. If you are already in the workforce consider attending an online school to obtain your degree.
To save on college costs, strongly consider enrollment at a local community college for the first two years and then transfer to a four-year institution for your last two years. With annual tuition cost savings of 50% or more over traditional four-year universities, going to a community college for your first two years can make a whole lot of sense. Many community colleges have direct transfer programs to four-year institutions that ensure the relevance of the credits you have earned towards your degree. You will get the exact same diploma and credentials at the end of the four years, as your classmates who attended the four-year university straight-through, but your costs (and possible debt) will be so much less.
To keep your personal financial life afloat, you should put a portion of every paycheck into savings. In the current economy, that can be hard to do, but even small amounts add up over time. Interest in a savings account is usually higher than your checking, so there is the added bonus of accruing more money over time.
Using a credit card is an awesome idea, rather than using your debit card, which has no added benefits to it, like a rewards program etc. Credit cards can be used for things such as groceries and gas. By purchasing items with your card, you will usually gain rewards, such as cash or maybe even frequent flier points.
A great way to save money, with gas being as expensive as it is, is to cut down on your driving. If you have several errands to run, try to do them altogether in one trip. Connect all the places you need to go to into an efficient route to save mileage, and in effect, save on gas.
If you find that all of your bills are due at roughly the same time of the month, contact your various providers and see what options are available for you to change your monthly due dates. This avoids spreading your paychecks too thin, during each pay period and allows you to manage your cash flow more efficiently.
Splurge every now and then. No one likes the feeling of deprivation, and if you know that you have the freedom to have one big meal or one pair of shoes every now and then, you will have a feeling of mastery over your finances. Don’t overdo it, but a small luxury purchase periodically is worth it.
You work hard to make money. You should work as hard to keep it! Get spending under control and be sure to save what you can. Add the above tips to your arsenal of knowledge about making, spending and saving money, and watch your safety net grow. Enjoy your new peace of mind!