5 Ways to Manage Your Money Better & Take Charge of Your Finances
Do you put off making changes to better manage your money? If you have financial fears, does the prospect of financial planning seem next to impossible? If so, you’re not alone. Almost one half of Americans find this scary, and it doesn’t have to be.
There’s no need to postpone a much-needed review of your financial situation any longer. Getting your finances back on track and knowing where your hard-earned money is going, is not that difficult. Over 80% of Americans say that they would like to be in better control of their finances.
For that reason, we offer a simple checklist of five options that you can review to fit your specific personal circumstances. By following them, you will be well on your way to being able to manage your money better.
First and foremost, get rid of credit card debt. Many individuals are carrying several credit cards with high balances with high fees and very high interest rates. Many are only able to pay the minimum payments required, and in doing so, will be paying on those cards into old age.
House hunting? Use this handy checklist before you make the offer
(BPT) – House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you’re lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the “must have” boxes – appearance, size, price, location – it’s easy to fall in love.
Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property, it’s smart to take a deeper look at the overall structure and its systems, just to make sure warning signs of major and costly problems are not hiding in plain sight. If the house holds more issues than your budget (and drive to renovate) can handle, it might be best to walk away.
Of course, once the offer is accepted, it’s always a smart idea to hire a third-party home inspector to take an in-depth look at the property. In the meantime, one last pass-through with this checklist in hand can give you peace of mind about taking the next step.
Exterior: Walk around all four sides of the house, scanning it from ground to rooftop. Note the View full post…
Posted: June 25, 2018 Under: Real Estate By: Gust Lenglet
Getting married is still at the top of the list for being one of the most important decisions that we make. It’s amazing how those two words “I do” or “I will” can change our lives in very significant ways, especially in managing money.
In some states, marriage can change our financial picture whether we intended it to or not. There are a number of issues that newlyweds will need to discuss, but we’ll touch on the five that should be dealt with first. It’s very important that both spouses get on the same page as quickly as possible to avoid potential conflict.
Some other caveats to consider. When filing jointly, both spouses are liable on the return. If, as an example, one of the spouses makes an error in reporting or not reporting income, both are View full post…
If you think getting married is a tremendous emotional step, you would be correct. But, it’s also a major financial one too. Each one has their own individual goals and ways to handle money. We offer these money management tips in an attempt to get both spouses on the same page and frame of mind.
It’s best to discuss money management before marriage and decide on the method of handling the finances. Both long term and short term goals should be discussed. A lot of stress can be avoided later in marriage if these financial issues are taken care of early by View full post…
5 Tips for New College Grads on How to Manage Money
The big day has finally arrived and now you are about to see what the real world has in store. One thing for sure, you’re about to assume a lot of responsibility. Some of you who haven’t yet found a job will probably move back in with your parents. Others who have already entered the workforce may have moved into your first apartment. Either way, you’re about to get your first taste of learning how to manage money.
Recent publicity comparing the increase in student loan debt to credit card and auto loan debt indicates how serious the problem really is. In 2017, outstanding student loan debt passed the $1.31 trillion dollar figure. That and the following facts and statistics will tell anyone that we have a student loan crisis.
The figures are bad enough, but how does all of that debt affect the students who must borrow to get a college education?
Over the past twenty years, approximately fifty percent of students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree, saw a tremendous increase in student loans. As an example, in 1994 the average student loan debt was slightly more than $10,000.00.
In 2017, the average more than tripled to $37,172.00. Does the word View full post…
3 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Money Management Software
We’ve found that many individuals have financial problems due to a lack of understanding in the best way to manage their money. Quite often, they make mistakes that prove to be quite costly, especially when it involves an increase in debt. Money management software can be a big help in many cases.
There are several reasons that these individuals get into financial distress.
Some don’t know how to control their spending due to credit card mis-use. They see items they want and charge it to a credit card. Before too long, the credit cards are maxed out and just paying the minimum balance is very difficult.
Starting college is one of those times when you had better learn about money management. In that regard, we are offering these basic money management tips to help guide you.
You’ll not only be meeting new friends, but experiencing that new freedom you dreamed about. In most cases, you’ll also discover that you now have a lot more financial responsibility…a lot more!
A study done by Sallie Mae discovered that more that 84% of new college students had one or more credit cards. The bad news is that many students were using these cards the wrong way. With an average balance in excess of $3,000.00, many were spending more than their income allowed.
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.
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