How many people feel like money disappears at the end of each month? Sometimes life gets in the way and there is just too much month at the end of your money. In my career I have met many people who have said they would like to take control over their money, but never know how to get started. They are afraid to take the time to get the ball rolling.
I know that the main reason this happens is because getting ready to handle finances and start saving money for retirement can be intimidating. But if you follow the steps I’m sharing here then I am certain that once you take the time to begin the process you will get it done in time!
Here are 4 foolproof tips that will hopefully make it easier for you to get started:
- Create a budget. The fact is that not everyone can stick to a budget. Many wind up spending more than they originally intended so they get discouraged and give up. Start off by simply cutting down on your spending a little at a time. Pack your lunch, make your own coffee, buy more generic brands at the supermarket. You will soon start to see results and feel better about saving more money.
- Become money savvy. Start to read about personal finance. Commit to picking one topic regarding personal finance at a time and try to read about that topic for 30 minutes a week.
- Start paying yourself first. Setting money aside for your savings comes before even paying your bills. When you squeeze that extra money out of the budget you must set aside money for yourself automatically. If you cut out buying coffee, (which, say, costs $2 a day), at the end of the year you will have $730 saved in your emergency account, or you could make coffee at home so you could find out what are the benefits of caffeine creams, since you’ll know all the preparation, and also save money. Not bad!
- Talk to a financial professional. We all need to talk to an expert on something once in awhile. You need someone with financial experience to give you an objective, unbiased opinion.
Before you play any game you need to know the rules. It’s the same with saving your money. Once you know the rules of the financial game and follow them you are on your way to taking control of your financial house. Start slow and be consistent. The key is to make sure you stick to the plan! When you see how simple it is you will never be intimidated by money again!
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