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In our day of easy access to credit cards, loans, and so many things that you must have, it is almost no wonder that so many are getting themselves into financial trouble. Everywhere we turn we face some ad that tells us we cannot live happy unless we have such and such a product. The demands are frequent that tell us we just have to have the latest or the best, but do we really have to have it? Could this be the reason for the financial troubles that so many are experiencing today – and maybe even you? Here are seven things that will help you avoid that trap of financial indebtedness.
1. Live Within Your Means
Grabbing hold of the proverbial tiger by the tail and becoming determined to reign in those out of control finances starts with a little bit of self-control. This means that you need to make a decision to buy those necessary things first, and learn to say “No” to the rest – at least until you can save for it.
2. Trying To Get Too Much Too Fast
Many financial problems seem to start right here. Young people want what their parents had, and they want to enjoy all those comforts – right now. But it seems that they fail to realize that it took their parents many years to get where they are now. They do not seem to understand that great part of having a halfway comfortable lifestyle is to do it without a lot of debt.
3. Develop A Budget
A budget is one of those things that people use who either a). do not have unlimited spending resources, and b). want to stay out of debt. It gives you a means to control effectively one of your greatest personal resources – your money, and allows you to use it most successfully.
4. Forget About Comparison Shopping
Unless you are rich (which I doubt, or you would not be reading this article), you probably have a need to save on money somewhere. Through doing comparison shopping for many of your purchases, it can help you to save money on a regular basis. Sometimes we want some things so bad when we see them, that we feel we must have it right now – even if the store across the street might have it for sale at 10% less.
6. Do Not Control Their Finances
A simple thing that many people fail to do is to seek to set their finances in order in such a way that they know where the money is going. If you regularly are asking, “Where is all my money going,” then this is probably true of you. In most cases of this sort, people who start keeping a record of their expenses often end up being surprised at how much they spend on trivial things.
7. Have No Savings For Future Needs And Wants
Every now and then, a little unexpected emergency can come up for which we need some money on hand. Whether it is a medical reason, or just a trip we can take, having some cash set aside can provide for some great opportunities and unforgettable moments. Each month, some money, at least 5% (10% is better) should be set aside for both closer goals, and some long range ones, too.
Sometimes we certainly cannot control the circumstances that could put any one of us into financial trouble, but we do not have to stay there. In most cases, steps can be taken that will help to reverse the situation – even if it takes a long time. Here are three things that will enable you to get started in the right direction.
First, reduce your debt. Once you realize that you are just about in debt over your head and about to drown in it, you need to make up your mind to not stay there. Make a plan to get out of debt. Seek financial counsel if you must. Secondly, seek proper protection for your finances – get some insurance – life and health. Finally, get some long-term investments. Set your sights on some future goals that will help you see immediate goals as being not so important – things are better down the road, when you can save for them – and achieve them.
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