Properly Manage Your Money Today

Learn the quick and easy ways to save yourself a few bucks, it isn’t as complicated as one might think.

If you are a frequent flier, you may find it a worthy investment to enter a frequent flier program. It is not uncommon for credit card issuers to offer incentives like airline miles for your purchases.  Some credit card companies offer multi-thousand mile bonuses for initial sign-ups. Frequent flyer miles can also be redeemed for all kinds of rewards, be it gift cards or even cash.

Build off the previous tip, a credit card can a good alternative to a debit card, that is if you pay it off in full each month. When you get a credit card, make daily purchases, such as groceries or gas.  I currently use my Discover Card everywhere possible.  I receive up to 5% off select purchases each month.  Heck, I am even paying a chunk of my wedding with this card!

Stay current and organized with your paperwork, especially with tax documents. Develop a good filing system, both within a filing cabinet and electronic. Simple organization can be a money saver in and of itself.  This involves keeping receipts for write-offs at the end of the year, or keeping gift cards readily available.

Do not ever pay the full price for products if you are looking for ways to cut your expenses.  Discounted gift cards, and online shopping are great ways to accomplish this. Also, stop buying certain brands unless there are coupons for them, or better yet, buy generic brands!

Treat your private finances like a public company, and create an annual budget at the beginning of every year.  Laying out your finances ahead of time can save you money, and prioritize your spending as the months roll along.

Do not dwell on your financial mistakes; learn from them instead.  What’s done is done, and the only way you can benefit is to move forward and remember the error of your ways. It takes time to get out of debt, much more than it took you to get yourself in it.  Recognize there isn’t an easy way out, and set a budget and stick with it.  Pay off your high interest rate cards first, and spend less than you save.  It really is that simple!

As I first said, it isn’t very complicated to right your finances.  Follow a few simple personal finance rules and you will find yourself better off.

 

Comments

  1. John | Married (with Debt) says

    One of my favorite money mindsets is to treat household income and family like a small business (one that doesn’t borrow and borrow, though). Not dwelling on mistakes is one of the hardest skills to learn. Congrats on the new site guys!

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