Christmas is gone! New Year is gone! Now what it probably left behind is the ability to balance your personal finances and get back to the normal daily spending after the “late rush Christmas shopping”.
The period after Christmas and New Year celebration is usually when household counts their loss and gain; when they check out their shopping and probably find out that there are some stuff they should not have bought.
It is very important to understand why household spending some times goes out of control during festive period and implement the right steps to ensure proper look into what you buy. Getting back on the right track is very important as otherwise your finances are sure to get drained.
Planning personal finances is a life long thing and you need to make it a daily routine of your life as it will help you save money and also prepare you for unforeseen and unprecedented financial problems in the future.
First and foremost, have a clear understanding about the bills you need to clear off. Which bills are you going to settle first? People, who do not plan their personal finances, keep paying bills and more bills.
Once you have understood this, you need to set aside some percentage for yourself. This saved money can be invested or spent, depending on the requirement. Ideally, you should save it or invest it as it will be use in the long term.
Though this might be difficult for shopaholics, you need to understand that there are many things which we end up buying which are not at all necessary. People with a spending problem will always be short of cash. If you are amongst those who never spend, you need not have to worry. Try cutting down your expenses by at least thirty percent. This can be achieved only if you shop wisely and frugally.
Refrain from carrying the credit card
If you do not have the cash to buy things, then do not buy it. The plastic card trend has gained so much popularity that people shop with credit cards and debit cards. They end up buying everything that they see and later on have this big bill which they have to pay. The lesser they use the credit card, the greater are the savings. It has been researched and established that people who do not have a credit card or do not use it quite often save a lot of money as compared to their counterparts and they always have a steady cash flow.
Plan, plan and plan
Set a financial goal for the year. Write down the plan so that you get an idea of what you want to achieve and how you are going to achieve it. Writing down your financial plan will help you grow, save and achieve prosperity. You can always make modifications and alterations to this plan depending on the situation, but you at least have the satisfaction of knowing what you want to achieve this year. Having a flexible and humanly achievable financial plan is what you need to chalk out.
Setting aside a budget
Understand and get educated on how to budget for the year. If you are amongst those who spend lesser than what they earn, you need not have to be necessarily worried. But if you are the spendthrift type, then you need to have a budget which would be of great help.