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Simple steps to help you with your personal finance

  1. 1. Simple Steps To Help You WithSimple Steps To Help You WithYour Personal FinanceYour Personal Financeby imjetred | on April 12, 2013
  2. 2. A premier cause of depression is financialA premier cause of depression is financialdisarray.disarray.“Maybemoney can’t buy happiness, but it can certainlyprevent debt-related stressand anxiety. Fewermonetary concernsallow usto sleep moresoundlyand feel lessstressed. A premier causeof depressionisfinancial disarray.”Take a look at the advice below to stabilize yourfinances and spare yourself that sort of irritation.
  3. 3. Debt should be your last resortDebt should be your last resort• Debt should be your last resort, because debt can lead to poorpersonal finances. There are certain types of debt that you cannotescape like mortgages. Yet you should not opt to take out creditcards and build debt that way. Loans and credit cards chargeinterest and fees; therefore, it is important to try not to borrowunless it is absolutely necessary.Educate yourself on old debtsEducate yourself on old debts• If you are struggling with very old debts, educate yourself on whenthey expire. Talk to a professional about the timeline for yourdebt to expire. Know these deadlines and never pay out tocollection agencies that attempt to collect expired debt.
  4. 4. Use a flexible spending accountUse a flexible spending account• Make sure you use a flexible spending account. Flexible spendingaccounts can really save you cash, especially if you have ongoingmedical costs or a consistent daycare bill. Flexible spendingaccounts are pretax monies put aside for medical and daycareexpenses. There may be terms and conditions with these types ofaccounts. It is in your best interest to talk with a tax professionalif you do not understand how flexible spending works.Be thorough in your disposal of sensitiveBe thorough in your disposal of sensitivedocuments and informationdocuments and information• Make sure to have a safe method to get rid of important financialdocuments. Getting a paper shredder is an effective way to handlethis. You could risk fraud and identity theft if these documents arenot properly disposed of. Be thorough in your disposal of sensitivedocuments and information.
  5. 5. Investigate your insurance policiesInvestigate your insurance policies• Fine-tuning the options within your insurance policesmay be a way to free up some money. It makes senseto investigate bundling options and the possibility ofallowing excess coverage to lapse. This will save you aton of money over time.Take advantage of alert servicesTake advantage of alert services• Take advantage of alert services that many banks offerto online customers. It is rare to find a bank that doesnot send out emails or texts to alert of you of accountevents. Having a large withdrawal or low balance alertwill protect you from fraud and overdraft.
  6. 6. Use computer to categorize expensesUse computer to categorize expenses• If old-style checkbook balancing sounds lame, let your computerdo it for you. There are websites out there that have softwareprograms that you can use to categorize expenses, track cashflows, and calculate interest. All of which you can use to create areasonable budget for yourself.Save regularlySave regularly• Putting money aside in a savings account is an important part of ahealthy personal finance plan. You can save money for buyinglarge purchases like a new TV or a new car. Additionally, you needto save money so that you can enjoy a comfortable, stress-freeretirement. Whatever your reason, saving regularly is a great idea.
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  8. 8. • Have a financial planHave a financial plan• Setting a firm, ambitious goal for your future spending can help motivate youto take care of your financial situation in the present. An effective tool is afinancial plan, it keeps you on-track and will help curb impulse purchases.• Have a emergency fundHave a emergency fund• Your emergency fund should have at least three months of income in it. Setaside 10 percent of every paycheck and invest it in a savings account thathas a high return.• Surely the ideas in this article have given you quite a few ideas on how tomanage your finances better in the future. Staying in control of your financeshas plenty of long-term gains that make the patience, effort and upheavalsrequired to fix financial problems worth it. These two factors can help withyour happiness!Click here to read more of personal finance articles.Good luck and happy blogging!
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