Tips On The best ways to Handle Personal Finances

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  1. 1. Tips On The best ways to Handle Personal Finances If your finances are a mess, money's probably the last thing you want to think about. However, it's important to start working to improve your financial state as soon as you can. This article is full of suggestions that will help you work through your money problems and develop positive habits that will last a lifetime. Don't bother with store credit cards. Store cards have a bad cost/benefit calculation. If you pay on time, it won't help your credit all that much, but if a store account goes to collections, it will impact your credit history just as much as any other default. Get a major credit card for credit repair instead. Minimize your credit card accounts to just one account. Having more than one card can lead to difficulties in managing your monthly payments. Typically most people spend on cards that are available and with multiples you run the risk of outstripping your ability to cover all the payments necessary to maintain your due dates. Make the move to local banks and credit unions. Your local bank and lending institutions will have more control over how they lend money resulting in better rates on credit cards and savings accounts, which could then be reinvested in your own community. All of this, with good old- fashioned personal service! A great way for frequent travelers to be rewarded for their travels is through a frequent flier plan; most airlines http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/employee-relations/employee-rights-appeals/ offer these programs. There are a number of credit cards that give free miles or a discount on air travel with purchases. You can use frequent flier miles at hotels for discounts, or even free stays. Get rid of your credit cards to improve your financial situation. Credit cards charge huge interest rates and their fees can be massive as well. It can also be very tempting to run up a larger balance than you can comfortably pay off each month. Instead of plastic, give cash only a try. Do your best to control your emotions. Do not let greed or stress dictate your actions. Always take
  2. 2. your time before you make a decision, and if you are not sure, perhaps you should not do it. If you notice that you are getting particularly stressed, you should take a break. Don't put off saving for and investing in your retirement. Take advantage of work based plans like a 401k. If your employer is contributing to your 401k make sure to do everything you can to optimize that contribution. Roth 401ks allow you to withdraw from your fund without tax penalty if you qualify. Make sure you're not spending more than you're earning each month. The easiest way to dig yourself into a hole of debt that's near impossible to dig yourself out of is to use credit cards to spend more than umbrella company comparison you're earning. Make sure you're being responsible with your money and not overextending yourself. If you are trying to improve your credit score, consider finding a way to transfer debt to "invisible" locations. If you can pay a delinquent account off by borrowing from a friend or family member, your credit score will only reflect that you paid it off. If you go this route, make sure to sign something with your lender that gives them the power to take you to court should you fail to pay, for extra security. As a college student, you will want to reduce the amount that you spend on books and supplies. Instead of purchasing books at the campus bookstore, which is usually at retail price, make friends with upperclassman who can give you these books at a discount. This can save you hundreds of dollars per semester. It is amazing how many people do not take enough responsibility to balance their checking accounts. In an age where we no longer use checks and follow our accounts online, we feel no need to balance our accounts anymore. Most never did it in the first place. However, what we find is days going by without keeping track of our balance, which is detrimental to our budgeting needs. If you need to compare prices for a mortgage or a loan, do it within the same week. Credit inquiries will cause your score to drop, but if the inquiries happen within a few days they will be considered as one single inquiry. Plan ahead of time so you can visit as many agencies as possible in a week. Use the round up method in your checkbook to record all transactions made by checks and debit cards and build an instant savings and safety net into the account. If the check written at the gas station was for $41.03, round up to $42.00. If the cash withdrawal from the ATM was for $50.00, round up to $51.00. Even the smallest amounts add up to big money over the course of a year and always ensure there is money in your account. Set a financial goal to work your way toward financial security. Your goal can be small initially, such as paying off one credit card. Later, you can grow that goal to something like being a millionaire by retirement age. Setting a goal gives you something to work toward. It also allows you to outline specific steps that you will follow in order to get there. Both are important steps toward improving your financial situation. If you want to be able to efficiently manage your personal finances one of the things that you need to define is your budget. Not having a defined budget is like driving a car without a steering wheel. A well defined budget will help you define your priorities in terms of spending.
  3. 3. Do not, if at all possible, spend more money than you make. Obviously, situations arise, and sometimes it is alright to borrow money. However, it is important to live below your means. Sacrifice a little now, and later you will reap greater benefits than you can imagine. Never, ever take out an auto title loan. An auto title loan is a subprime loan that is secured with a car title. That means that if you fail to repay the loan, then your car will be repossessed. The interest rates on these loans are extremely high, so a large minority of borrowers end up losing their cars. Money affects many aspects of our lives. When you're in poor financial shape, it can feel as though you're trapped. However, if you spend and save wisely, you'll be able to work through money problems and come out ahead. Be sure to use the advice in this article so that you can keep your finances in excellent condition.