Healthcare hints: save on healthcare with 5 savings tips for budget-conscious consumers
(BPT) – As Americans work hard to meet all the obligations that come with work, family and everyday life, many are challenged to find time to manage all the financial elements affecting their healthcare.
If you’re among them you’re far from alone, since the multiple details associated with healthcare insurance can be confusing. At the same time, you want to be smart about your financial resources when making decisions about the quality healthcare you and your family need.
Fortunately, by carving out time to research money-saving tips you may be able to minimize your out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Such out-of-pocket spending rose by more than 50 percent between 2010 and 2017, The Atlantic recently reported, partly because half of all health insurance policyholders in the U.S. are dealing with annual deductibles of at least $1,000.
If you were asked to think back through your own life, and name the one item that topped the list of money management tips, what would it be? We would get many different answers on that question, but the one that tops the list, is create an emergency fund.
Many individuals ask why? There are so many “emergencies” in life that can happen. An unexpected root canal, extensive car repairs, a home large appliance dies, or even worse, you could lose your job. If you don’t have the cash to cover these items, many look to a credit card or even a personal loan, to cover it.
There is a budgeting concept that we came across recently. It’s called the 50/20/30 Guideline and shows you how to manage your money.
A firm, Learnvest Planners, say they use this plan for their new clients and shows them how their money is being spent. They say that it can be effective for a new college graduate in their first job or even a young family with children.
Most budgeting programs have different categories where you allocate a certain sum of money. The 50/20/30 rule breaks it down to three basic categories where a certain amount of money is allocated each month. The plan also allows you to decide the order of the money being allocated.
Let’s begin by stating one important statistic…US citizens in general not very good savers. It’s a known fact and there’s no point in trying to white wash it. For the current year of 2016, the average rate of savings in America was 5.6%. Not very impressive. We offer these tips for saving money to change that.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the high income earners save a lot more of their income than the middle income earners. The middle income earners actually save a very small percentage of their incomes, practically nothing. Why is that? We all are aware that we need to be saving more, and yet we don’t.
Getting Out Of Debt Faster By Using These Simple Budgeting Tips
Budgeting is one of the most effective ways to prevent debt overload, but can also be used when getting out of debt. Budgeting doesn’t cost a dime, but does require commitment and a strong ability to rise above the temptation to buy unnecessary items.
In a nutshell, budgeting teaches consumers to spend less than they earn. Unfortunately, many Americans are not familiar with the term ‘household budget’ or the concept of living within their financial means. Failure to spend less than earned often results in massive credit card debt, real estate foreclosure, and personal bankruptcy. View full post…
Learn How Our Budgeting Tips Can Assist You in Creating a Budget That Works
Yes, we know that budgeting has a bad reputation with many individuals. However, our 5 budgeting tips should make it a bit easier for you in creating a budget. So many individuals have a pre-conceived idea that a budget means calculating hundreds of difficult sums and spending many hours each week tracking every single cent they spend. They think it means being forced to stay at home and never having any fun.
The truth is nothing like this at all. Below are 5 budgeting tips that will prove this idea is wrong.
Online budgeting software has worked for many individuals. However, as you learn how to manage your money, you’ll find that there are numerous methods that work. Some folks like the online method and others prefer software on their own computer.
Some say they don’t like a budgeting software program at all, and would rather use a spreadsheet. Some individuals who have tried it said that they had more questions that actual solutions. By far, the biggest complaint was that a user seemed to not have control of their finances.
Reading blogs about budgeting can help singles and families to find more creative ways to stick to a personal budget. The current economy has been an unstable one for a few years in a row and this leads to more and more individuals and households taking extra measures to learn how to budget your money and do their best to stick to them.
Many individuals live paycheck to paycheck and some are not always certain if they will have a job next month or next year.
As more businesses continue to close and the unemployment rate continually goes through a roller-coaster ride, sticking to a personal budget makes more sense now than ever for many individuals. View full post…
Posted: September 17, 2016 Under: Budgeting By: Gust Lenglet
Why Many Personal Budget Software Programs Fail Miserably
Are you fed up with using Excel spreadsheets to manage your budget? They are, after all, bare bones and will work, but you don’t get many types of helpful reports like you do in a good personal budget software program. You may find personal budgeting software online as well.
Trying to find the best one for your situation can sometimes be confusing at best. Just do a search on the internet for personal budgeting software, and you’ll get millions of hits.
Learning how to budget your money, for many, seems like a very difficult task. Many have a tendency to rationalize that they don’t have enough income to be concerned about creating a budget. They also think that their money ends up paying bills with a few dollars left for miscellaneous items.
The reality, however, is that by learning how to budget your money now, you will be prepared to handle a more complex budget later on. View full post…
Posted: November 14, 2015 Under: Budgeting By: Gust Lenglet
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