Finances may often feel like a never-ending game of control, in which you feel as though when you’ve finally got ahold of your money, something happens to make it yet more difficult again.
Having a firm handle on your finances doesn’t have to be stressful. Simple steps can help you to feel more confident with your financial situation.
Begin Saving as Soon as You Can
If you’ve wanted to save more substantially, then start today. Even if it’s just saving the loose change in your wallet or transferring a dollar or two into a new savings account. The only way to get serious about saving is to start.
You should consider:
- Comparing the best savings accounts for your circumstances and opening one up as soon as possible.
- Having a place to save or store any change from your wallet instead of spending, like a money tin or piggy bank (ideally something you need to break to get into)
- Decide on a minimum amount you want to save each month – then anything extra is a bonus
Don’t Save Every Penny
Choosing to save as much as possible is, of course, a respectable one – and the more you save. Naturally, the better situation your finances will be in. However, if you pay your bills and outgoings and lump every spare penny into your savings, you will eventually grow frustrated.
While saving is important, so is rewarding yourself and separating your savings cash with your available spends. Be sure to treat yourself, whether it’s a shopping trip, upgrading your possessions when needed or playing LottoGo every once in a while to unwind.
Work Out Your Priorities
There’s nothing wrong with living in the moment and living for the now. If you work hard, then you want to spend some of that hard-earned cash to optimize your lifestyle. However, taking the time to sit down and think about your goals and priorities means you can decide better where to put your money.
What are your short-term goals? Are you hoping to buy or rent a new home in the next few years? Perhaps you want to clear off your debts by a certain age or are looking for a new car. Once you know what’s more important to achieve in a certain space of time, your saving and spending habits can be better placed around that.
You’re more likely to save if you know what you’re saving for.
Keep on Top of Your Outgoings
Some people are barely aware of what is coming out of their bank account each month. It’s so easy to spend and subscribe these days, that you may be paying for more than you realize, whether it’s a forgotten gym membership or a subscription you thought you had cancelled.
Being aware of your outgoings is essential for taking control of your finances. If you don’t already use internet banking, you should because you can get a visual list of all your outgoings and expected bills. You can also keep a notebook regarding bills and payments so you know exactly how much should be coming out every month.
This also helps if you want to analyze your outgoings and see if anything can be cancelled, and therefore money saved.