Personal finance can sound quite complex and overwhelming, but in reality it is not. It is actually fairly easy enough that anyone who is willing to put in a little work and time can easily break it all down into simple, everyday tips and tricks. If becoming rich is in your future (the word wealth used with quotation marks is actually an exaggeration, I am sorry to disappoint you, but that is how we describe the money making opportunities of today – we are not necessarily rich, but we are getting there!). Then these personal finance tips will definitely help you get there faster! Let us take a look at three important points:
First, in regards to personal finance, one of the most important but often ignored facets is your long term financial planning and consideration for future needs. This includes retirement funding, insurance premiums, health care costs, children’s education, and even the purchase of a new home or vehicle. Without proper and regular consideration for the future, these things simply cannot be realized, and you will wake up one day unable to enjoy them because you did not have the finances in place for them when you went to bed!
So what constitutes “good time” to open a savings account, make a large purchase, or take out a loan? The answer is anytime is a good time. With the global crisis, it has been a good time for you to do all three. Here are some key points from my personal finance tips to think about when you decide to take out a loan, set up a savings account, or open a new line of credit:
o Be aware that even if you do not have a serious illness now, it is never too early to start saving money for the future. This is especially true if you are at risk for serious illness in the future. If you are sick, you will need to get yourself to the doctor. Even if you are healthy now, you will be healthier after being diagnosed with a serious illness. It is critical to your personal finance and your health that you do whatever it takes to be prepared for the worst, should it occur.
o If you are planning to use your checking account for emergency purposes, do not close it. You can save money on interest and earn more interest by keeping an open account. Most checking accounts offer some kind of savings incentives, whether it be free checks cash back, or saving points toward purchases. Make sure to explore all options in the personal finance section of your checking account offers.
o You should set aside money for the emergency fund each month. Even if you work a part-time job and have no other income coming in, you should set aside money for the emergency fund each month. An emergency fund is vital for long-term financial planning. Emergency funds should be used only for truly emergency expenses and you should only borrow money that you absolutely have to pay back. In addition, if you save money for the emergency fund each month, your emergency fund will grow with compound interest.
o Try to diversify your investments. Your investment portfolio should consist of both stocks and bonds, as well as a wide assortment of mutual funds. Your retirement fund should also be composed of a variety of investments. The most effective way to make your retirement planning easier is to mix and match different investments to build a portfolio that will maximize your potential for growth. Keep in mind that when you retire, your investments may be tax deferred, which makes them even more affordable.
You should follow these retirement planning finance tips no matter what your age is. If you are young, remember that your future depends on the decisions that you make now. Keep an eye on your spending habits. If you find yourself buying things you don’t really need, or that you don’t enjoy, it’s time to change those habits. Retirement planning doesn’t need to be difficult if you take these basic finance tips into account.