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10 Top Tips for Managing Your Money

By Benjamin – on in News, Thrive

Managing your money correctly is a skill that takes time to understand and put into practice. Here are 10 simple-to-follow tips to help you manage your money more efficiently and make the most of your cash flow.

1. You need to have a workable budget.

Setting a realistic budget is essential to ensuring you maintain low debt levels and have the ability to save for future expenses such as buying a house or a car, or getting funds in place to support your retirement. An effective budget will bring balance to your financial life and give you a solid plan to follow.

2. Keep a sharp eye on your expenses and income

Make a note of everything you spend and try and identify areas in which you can save money. Keep all your receipts and reconcile them with your bank statements on a monthly basis so that you know where your funds are going.

3. Never spend more than you make

Work out what your total monthly expenses are and compare your outgoings with your income. If you spend more than you make on a monthly basis, you will be continually building up debt and this will mean you will never be in a position to save or pay of any existing financial obligations. Try to identify where you can reduce your spending and expenses.

4. Get your debts under one umbrella.

If you are struggling with various debts, which include credit cards, student loans or outstanding medical expenses, consider an unsecured loan. By combining your debts, you will save on interest costs, and only make one payment per month.

5. Get rid of unnecessary expenses.

If you keep an eye on your budget, you will learn how to manage your finances better by cutting down, or removing, unnecessary expenses.

6. Add an emergency fund

When sit down to compile a budget, make an allowance for emergency funds to use in an emergency situation only. There may be a sudden need for cash for an unexpected expense such as dental work, or a vehicle breakdown – for example.

7. Put away something for your retirement.

Unless you have a specific retirement plan in operation, studies have recommended that you try to put aside about 15% of your income for your retirement. Make saving for your retirement a priority.

8. Understand analyse your credit report.

Your personal credit score is very important if you want to finance something like a home or a new car in the future. When you begin to settle your debts, your credit score will improve.

9. Make your life easier by using a financial app.

There are several free apps you can download that will help you succeed in your money-managing efforts. Look for a tool or app that will most suit your needs. The app can do a lot of the donkey work and free-up some of your time for other things.

10. Keep up to date with any new ideas.

There are always new ideas coming up when it comes to managing one’s money. Make a point of keeping abreast with the latest resources and take note of those which will benefit your particular situation. The more you learn about managing your finances, the better organised you will be.

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Benjamin completed a bachelor's degree in finance and a certificate in administration. He likes everything about money and managing it, which is why he writes for Get-Finance when he is not taken by his job as a consultant.