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Stretch Your Check: 5 Tips for Managing Personal Finances



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Whether you earn an income from employment or running your own business, personal finance is a topic you can’t avoid. Managing personal finances is essential for meeting your current needs but also saving and investing for the future.

Unfortunately, if you’re like many people, you may be struggling to keep your financial house in order. But you can change this situation.

Below are 5 ways to manage your money more effectively and get the most out of it.

1. Know Your Financial Goals

The first thing to do when it comes to personal money management is to establish your financial objectives. Do you want to start a business, save for your children’s college education or buy a new car?

Asking yourself what you want to achieve over both the short and long term will help you determine the right pathway to achieving the set goals.

2. Prepare a Budget

Most people know how much they take home but when asked to account for every dollar spent, they simply go quiet. If you’d like to preview your paycheck stub and have it ready to download and print, go to

Creating a budget and sticking to it is an effective way to stay on top of your expenses. Budgeting for your expenses also helps you to determine the priority and the non-priority items. Cut non-essentials from your budget.

Be sure to allocate a portion of your budget to miscellaneous expenses. You’ll probably need to spend on some miscellaneous items, but don’t forget to live within your means.

Review your budget mid-year to see if you’re on target.

3. Minimize Debt

Like most people, you may need to borrow money from time to time. One of the common reasons why people do this is to start a business. Another reason is to pay for something they can’t afford to buy outright. Taking out a home or car loan is one good example.

While borrowing money is sometimes advantageous, it can easily get out of hand. If the borrowed funds aren’t put into something that generates more money than the amount to be paid back to the lender (including interest accruing on the loan), then you may get into a debt trap. This can lead to bankruptcy, which will hurt your creditworthiness.

Limit debt and when you borrow money, and make sure it is spent on a viable, profitable asset or venture.

4. Have an Emergency Fund

Emergency situations can happen to anyone, and it’s best to stay prepared. Setting aside money for such situations is an integral part of a healthy money management plan. How much to save depends on your income and the cost of living.

Put the money in a fund that allows you to access the money when the need arises but also earns interest. This way, you can grow your savings as you await a situation that requires you to use it.

5. Seek Professional Advice

Why struggle to get your personal finances in order when you can seek out a professional? A financial adviser can help you to determine your net worth, create a budget, and provide the advice you need to stay afloat.

Managing Personal Finances Is Key to Attaining Prosperity

Managing personal finances requires that you proactively implement the right money management strategies. Keep in mind that personal incomes and economic situations are always changing, so you should make sure your money management plan adjusts to these changes.

Looking to start a business? Read our article to find out how much personal savings you should have.

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