Friday, March 31, 2017
Protecting Your Money For A Sunny Day
Whether you’re new the working world or you’ve been in a career for twenty years, money is always a worry at the back of everyone’s mind. We rely on it for every element of our lives, so it’s no wonder that it gives most of us sleepless nights. Most importantly, there seems to be no unified answer as to what the most sensible thing to do with your money might be. There’s no holy grail of advice in terms of protecting your funds in the smartest, safest manner.
We’re all stumbling in the dark and hoping that we’re keeping our financial future as bright and sunny as possible. Adult life is a whirlwind of emotion, and nobody has definite answers. Still, if you’re feeling a little lost with your funds, whether they’re sizeable or small, then here are some tips which might help you better protect your money in order to bring about some sunnier days in the future.
Watch your expenses.
The smartest piece of advice I can give you to look after your money is to watch what you spend. You need to pay for rent, utilities, food, taxes and a whole host of other fees which are unavoidable, but after all that, everybody has some disposable income left over. Some people have a lot of disposable income, and some people have a very small amount. That isn’t what matters. What matters is how you choose to use those spare funds each month.
Spending your available cash on clothes, nights out or other treats isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as life is for the living, but spending all your disposable income every single month isn’t the wisest use of your money. You should be setting aside at least ten percent of your income every month as a safety net in case of an emergency, but perhaps also for a savings account.
This may seem like a strange suggestion for somebody looking to safeguard their financial future, but the smartest thing to do with your money might be to create further financial opportunities out of it, rather than letting your funds sit around and gather dust. You could look into real estate options, for example, if you’re somebody with the right drive and passion to turn a small amount of money into a sizeable enterprise.
Perhaps you could even take some of your money and put it into an ISA, as that’s looking like a very smart financial option for young people at the moment; the government can help you turn your meagre funds into something substantial for a house in the future. Money is something which does more than pay the rent and utility bills. It could set you up for a smarter future if you do something with it. Protecting your money doesn’t always mean hoarding it in a bank.
Take advantage of special deals.
It’s not cheap or tacky to take advantage of freebies or great offers. If you want or “need” some new shoes, then it doesn’t hurt to exhibit some patience and search around for a great deal. If you like to go to the cinema, then it doesn’t hurt to use vouchers or head there on certain days when the best deals are on. Buying a subscription to Netflix rather than paying for individual films or TV shows is another popular option for most households now. The point is that it’s fine to treat yourself, but it’s also fine to take the cheapest route towards doing so.
Focus on what you can control.
This is the final and most important piece of advice. You can control your spending, but you can’t control necessary external costs such as taxes. You should be striving to cut down your costs every day and always plan ahead with regards to your finances. Never exceed your means and you’ll never end up in debt.