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How to Start Managing Your Money, For Those Who Never Learned Growing Up

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How to Start Managing Your Money, For Those Who Never Learned Growing Up
How you manage, spend, and invest your money can have a profound impact on your life, yet very few schools teach these important skills. Learning financial savvy can take a while, but the basics are fairly simple and never change. Here's where to get started.

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The Golden Rules of Personal Finance

The Golden Rules of Personal Finance
  • Spend less money than you earn
  • Always plan for the future: you should always look forward beyond the current month
  • Make your money make more money: invest, start a business or invest in your education.

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3 Financial Basics

  1. Create a Financial Calendar: prevent yourself from forgetting quarterly tax payments and to get credit reports.
  2. Check Your Interest Rate: Pay off loans, open saving accou...

Budgeting Like a Pro

  • Consider an All-Cash Diet, as limiting yourself to physical currency combats overspending.
  • Set aside 1 minute a day to check on your financial transactions, to identify problems, track goal progress and set your spending tone.
  • Allocate at least 20% of your income to financial priorities like emergency funds, debts and retirement fund.
  • Budget about 30% of your income for nonbasic spendings, like entertainment. Abiding by the 30% rule, you can save and splurge at the same time.

How to Get Money Motivated

  • Draft a Financial Vision Board, it motivates and helps you to stay on track with your financial goals.
  • Set specific financial goals stating the reason, the way, numbers and dates.
  • Adopt a spending mantra, a phrase that serves as a rule of thumb for how you spend.
  • Love yourself. Taking control of your finances is part of that.
  • Make bite-size money goals. Make the bigger ones but also small step goals to get there.
  • Don’t be a financial fatalist, and switch to more positive mantras.
  • Get your finances and body in shape. The discipline associated with regular exercising translates to managing your money well.
  • Appreciate what you have now, instead of being a consumerist.
  • Get a Money Buddy. Studies indicate people pick up good habits from friends with similar traits.

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Myth: Shop Early for the Best Deals

Myth: Shop Early for the Best Deals

While early holiday shopping can snag you discounts and the best selection, you are most likely to get the best deal just before holiday shopping.

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Myth: Buy Coupons for Huge Discounts

Coupons are sold in lots to allow couponers to stock up on the best deals.

While coupons are great to save money, it does not make sense to spend on coupons in order to save. Coupons vary greatly by geographic location and store, and may not apply to your geographic area. Instead of buying coupons, get the Sunday paper for better ads, download an app or keep a coupon binder to stash extras.

Myth: Always Buy in Bulk

It makes sense to stock up on non-perishable items such as soap and canned goods.

However, buying wholesale perishable items like fruit and milk might mean it goes to waste if you can't consume it before the expiration date.

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Automate Your Savings

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Self Control And Laziness

Will power and self-control are like a muscle that can be strengthened. The more we practice self-control, the better we become in implementing the same.

Our laziness too plays a big part in hurting our wallets, like forgetting to pay bills that incur late fees, or overspending on credit cards and paying for subscriptions that are not in use.

Brain On Autopilot: Tiny Habits That Work

Automatic behaviours trigger better decisions and make the entire process seamless. One thing compliments the other, and good habits give space to other good habits.

Example: When a person is dressed up nicely, they tend to work harder.