Monday, July 29, 2013

To Save or Not to Save: What Financial Tricks Will Work for You?

There are lots of financial tips out there, but not all of them will work for you. How are you supposed to save $500 from not buying cigarettes if you don't currently smoke? How are you supposed to be able to save 15% of your income if you're living paycheck to paycheck? Often the saving tips we hear are not applicable to the current personal situation. Here's some ideas to help you think of your own ways to save. 


Spend Less


Many financial experts say that credit cards are a good thing if you use them wisely. The thing is, most people don't use credit cards the right way. Cut up your credit cards and only spend what you earn, if you can't pay with cash, don't buy it. If you "need" credit cards to pay your truck or house payment, downsize. You might be able to pay all your bills, but you don't have enough to put money in the bank or spend on entertainment. It doesn't matter what your situation is - if you don't have a comfortable amount of wiggle room in your budget, keep getting rid of expenses until you are able to stop living from paycheck to paycheck.


Earn More


There might be certain things you feel like you can't live without, but just don't have enough money for. If this is the case, start earning more. This could mean asking for a raise, trying to get a promotion, finding a different job, getting a second job, or starting your own business on the side. Whatever you decide to do, just remember to find a balance between having spare time and having spare money. The more you work, the less time you'll have to enjoy that money. When you can earn more, it can mean a lot more responsibilities, so be sure to keep that in mind.


Make Out Your Will


Once you've reached your golden years, you will have hopefully saved some money. You're going to have to decide what to do with it before your time on this world is up. Most people tend to believe that retirement is easy to finance for, and it can be when you do it right. Just make sure you have enough in reserve to cover even the most unexpected problems that may arise in the future. To do this, try making a revocable living trust. Since it's revocable, you can change any part of your will while you're alive if you want to. Websites like FindLegalForms.com can help you find out more. Take time to talk to an adviser or family if you need to get affairs in order for everyone.


People in the personal finance industry try to make becoming wealthy seem harder than it really is. To have more money, you only need to do two things: spend less, and earn more. Also, make sure to have everything in order so you can leave something behind for your loved ones. When you really look at it, personal finance can be a breeze. Just make sure it fits into your own lifestyle.



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