Personal Finance That Can Actually Help You

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  1. 1. Personal Finance That Can Actually Help You To help you manage your finances better you should not spend more money than you are bringing in. Too many people fall into the trap of buying something now and worrying about it later. In other words, do not put money on your credit cards, if you cannot afford to pay it back right away. The following article offers great money managing tips that can advise you on when, and when not to, use credit cards. Keep a daily checklist. Reward yourself when you've completed everything on the list for the week. Sometimes it's easier to see what you have to do, than to rely on your memory. Whether it's planning your meals for the week, prepping your snacks or simply making your bed, put it on your list. 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! Protect yourself financially with the best health insurance policy for you. It is inevitable that you will get sick some time or another. Therefore, it is important to have good health insurance. If you don't have insurance you will be looking at healthcare bills that could add up to thousands of dollars. If you don't have insurance, you will be responsible for the entirety of that bill. Search for professional advice if you are going to invest in stocks for personal financial gains. Hiring a professional advisor is a sure way to ensure that you will get returns back. They have the knowledge and experience in the field to help you succeed. If you go at it alone, you would have to spend days researching, and that can consume much of your time. Remember that every penny you earn or spend should be included in your monthly budget. Use your change to buy lottery tickets or small items you need. You can also take your coins to a change machine once you have a jar full of pennies. Setting the water level in your toilet is a great way to decrease the amount of water that is used for each flush. There are simple blocks that hang inside your tank that will decrease the http://www.natptax.com/TaxKnowledgeCenter/Fe deralTaxInformation/Pages/default.aspx amount of water that is needed to fill your tank and shut the water flow off. Keep a journal of expenses. Track every dollar you spend. This will help you figure out exactly where your money is going. This way, you can adjust your spending as needed. A journal will make you accountable to yourself for every purchase you make, as well as help you track your spending behavior over time. It's normal for people to make mistakes, and it happens to everyone, especially when it comes to
  2. 2. finances. One bounced check may be forgiven by your bank. If you talk them, they may waive the overdraft fee. This is possible if you have a good banking record. If you plan on sending your children to college, start putting money away from the day they are born. College costs a lot, and if you wait too long, you may not be able to send them. Set up an automatic payment with your credit card companies. In many cases you can set up your account to be paid directly from your checking account each month. You can set it up to just pay the minimum balance or you can pay more automatically. Be sure to keep enough funds in your checking account to pay these bills. Banks are more inclined to lend money to people who don't really need to borrow it, so this means you cannot appear to be desperate if you're seeking a loan. Make sure you have a strong co-signer, tidy up your credit score, and present a great case about why you need to take out a loan. Since you are already paying for them, make the most of all your employment benefits. That could mean going to the doctor and using your prescription card every time you feel under the weather instead of putting it off until the issue causes you to miss days of unpaid work. That could irs gov tax also mean making the maximum matched contribution to your 401(k). Carry at least ten dollars in cash or a debit card. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act lets merchants set a minimum amount for credit card transactions. The minimum amount cannot be more than ten dollars and does not apply to debit cards. Previously, some merchants inflicted minimums in violation of credit card agreements. One of the things that you need to remember when trying to manage your personal finances is to only buy the things that you can afford. Whenever faced with a dilemma of purchasing something, think quickly about paying it in cash. If you cannot pay for it using cash, then you probably can't afford it. Try to avoid eating out. It may seem like a good idea to go to McDonalds and order something off the dollar menu, but those things add up. Often it's much cheaper to make a sandwich or cook dinner at home. And whenever you cook, if there is food leftover, save it to have as a meal another time. Streamline your financial life by moving into a smaller home. Even though you may be able to pay a larger mortgage, take the smaller one and build up your savings, instead. A smaller home means lower maintenance costs, less furniture to buy, and a comfortable, cottagey feeling that could even,
  3. 3. bring your family closer together. If you are looking to save money, one way to do so is by filling up your gas tank at a specific location. Let's face it, gas prices are rising by the day, but what most people do not know is that a gas station located two blocks from another one could be as much as .50 cents cheaper per gallon. Do your research and look for the lower prices. Determining what is right and what is wrong is, in most cases at least, an intuitive process. This is even true in regards to personal finances. Most of us know when we are wasting money. It is sometimes a bit harder to understand when we are wisely investing it. However, we can attain that understanding using the tips noted above.