Jul 17, 2009
There’s no denying that the economic doom-and-gloom from the media got really bad a few months back. Fortunately, the nation seemed to have gotten past all that and now there’s talk of economic recovery. The US is still in recession but Obama administration had said that economic recovery will happen…slowly. So if you’re in a tight bind, what should you do? There are a few smart techniques that can help you improve your personal finance.
· Learn How to Tract Spending – most people know what their income streams are but they lose track of their spending. Be aware of the things you buy here and there because its costs can quickly add up. In addition, take note of your credit card usage. If you’re using it too much, chances are, you’re spending more than you can afford. Use a spending plan as a tool to motivate you.
· Identify Your Buying Pattern – are you an impulsive buyer? Do you look for deals all the time? Or do you have a soft spot for certain products? Know what your weaknesses are and then identify the reasons why. Make an effort to stop spending on unnecessary items.
· Save Some Money – every financial guru will tell you this: you really need to save. You might not be able to save as much money with the situation right now, but set aside as much money as you can. Also, remember that having an emergency fund is a must, not an option.
· Don’t Dig Yourself Deeper in Debt – many people try to pay their previous debs by refinancing or borrowing from a new source. Eventually though, this technique may no longer be feasible. It is also becoming harder to find sources of financing so you will eventually need to face up to your obligations.
· Diversify Your Income – now, this is the best solution to your problem. But this requires a lot of planning, effort, and strategizing on your part. Some ways to get multiple income streams include starting a small business, offering your services online and offline, selling some unused stuff, or going into dividend investments.
What you should learn from all this is the fact that your financial future is actually in your hands. The economic climate might have an impact but it is up to you to change your situation.
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