Many people find it hard to manage their money. The only thing that seems to pop into mind when they see money is spend it, and then some. However, that is not right. You need to know a few things about personal finances and money management. Continue reading this article to understand what we mean.
You cannot make a proper budget if you do not know how much money you spend and how much money you make every month, every week or so. Note that, if you are smart, your expenditure should be less than your income.
Usually, a smart person will seek to know the total expenses that he has to face every week, every month, every day or at a given time span. That is what you are going to do. Take a pen and paper and list all the expenses that you have to take care of. How can you even start writing a budget if you do not know how much money you spend.
Now, listing the expenses and the income is not enough. You still need to do much more. For example, you need to revisit the expenses and find out what you can do to cut them out. For example, do you really need that Starbucks coffee every day? Try making some at home? You will save more money that way. When planning your budget, take care of everyoneâs needs in the family, all of them. You know how much you spend, that is, per person in the family. We now have to look at the amount of money that you spend on the home itself. How much do you pay in utility bills per month? A lot? A little? Let us look at it.
Old appliances do not use electricity; they guzzle it! Thus, you need to take care of them. Thus, if you can get rid of them and get new ones that are Energy Star rated, you will be amazed at the amount of money that you can save every month.
If your doors and windows are poorly sealed, if your roof needs repair, then it means that your HVAC could be using much more energy than it should. Thus, you need to look into it. Get a professional, a technician to look at the windows and doors and if they need resealing, let them do it. Add more insulation to the roof and the windows if there is need for that. You will have an easy time with the electricity bills.
But, you may ask, why should you spend all that money on the new appliances and insulating your home, if your intention is to save money? The truth is that it is better to spend more money in one year and then save money for ten years. It makes more financial sense, doesnât it?