Are your finances in shambles? You probably want to get the mess sorted out but don’t know where to start. Don’t wait another month before you start fixing your finances. You can start today, but you do need a plan.
These are 3 things you need to do to start to fix your finances:
This is one of the most important things that you can do for your finances. You need to save for the future but, in addition to that, it is also important to have an emergency fund in case unexpected things such as medical bills or a job loss pop up.
Don’t wait until next year or five years from now to get serious about saving because you never know when you’ll need the money. You might not even have to take drastic measures in order to save! Check out this article for some things people spend money on that they sometimes don’t realize they can reduce or even completely cut off from their budget.
Pay off debt.
Whether you have $10 worth of debt that you owe to a friend or thousands that you owe on a credit card, now is the time to start paying it off. If you have to stop buying yourself fun stuff for a few months, it will be worth it to get that monkey off of your back. If you stop buying a $5 coffee every day, you can save up to $35 each week to put toward your debt. That will add up quickly.
When you have debt, you also have a bad credit score which will hold you back when you will eventually want to buy a house or a car. Sometimes, landlords look at your credit score as well.
Start tracking your spending.
Are you shocked when you open up your credit card bill each month? Instead of having that feeling of dread every month, save your receipts and sum up your expenses weekly and you’ll never be shocked again.
When you keep the receipts and can refer back to them to see how much your bill is going to be, you can make good decisions about spending more that month or waiting a little bit longer to purchase something.
Don’t forget to track your cash spending as well. If your cash spending is out of control, you might want to give yourself a cash budget.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to start fixing your finances. You might not think about how your current finances can affect your future, but they do have a big impact on your peace of mind and the future of your finances.