Jan 28 2021

How to Better Understand Your Personal Finances in 2021



The New Year has kicked in and is already more than 20 days old. At the start of a New Year, many people make all sorts of resolutions from health to finances. Whether you are running balances in your credit cards or finding it difficult to manage your finances otherwise, it is the perfect time of the year to have a closer look at your personal finances. You will develop a better understanding of your financial condition by analyzing and by making smart financial decisions. 

Develop the Habit of Budget Making

Do you always find yourself running short of cash at the end of the month with a few unpaid utility bills? Have you ever thought about why this happens to you? It happens because you don’t have a budget and you have no knowledge about your finances. A budget is at the root of all financial planning. 

You need to make a budget based on your earning and spend money wisely, knowing your limits. Creating a budget is easy, and as any quality money management course will teach you, the first step is to exercise until budgeting is a routine. By having a budget and making entries in it, you know about the money you have coming in and the amount of money you are spending. You will find that you are not running out of cash like before and have the money for essential things. 

Try Paying Off Old Debts

You cannot come out of the dilemma you are finding yourself in until you make a start. You are paying a high-interest rate in penalties to your credit card companies if you are running balances in your credit cards. Make a list of your debts and pay off the debt, forcing you to pay the highest penalty interest rate. You will face some difficulty when you pay a debt, but you reap the rewards later on. Once you have paid off all your debts, you will feel light and happy and enjoy even with the small monthly income you are making. 

Resolve to Save Money for Emergency

So you have some cash cushion to fall back upon in case of an emergency? If not, then make a resolution to save money every month so that you have a sizable amount of money to face any emergency. If the Covid-19 pandemic is not an emergency, what kind of crisis are you waiting for? If you earn $1000 per month, make it a habit to save at least 10% by cutting down on unnecessary expenditure. Within 7-8 months, you will have a sufficient amount of savings to confidently face any emergency. 

Start Investing your Money Smartly

Don’t allow your savings to rot in your savings account. This money will earn very little interest, which is offset because of inflation. It is better to invest the savings into an investment scheme that is also reliable to make money on your savings. 

Follow these simple steps of fiscal prudence and see your money and confidence growing. You will enjoy better control over your finances when you start to make a budget and stick to it. It is always better to start late than never. 

Tags: Budget Making,Personal Finances