FOLLOW 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.
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FOLLOW FOLLOW A Definition of Personal Finance Personal finance is about managing your own money - how much you spend, save, get into debt, and invest.
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Best Personal Finance Books The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason. The message of this 1926 book is that rich people are rich because they save their money and don't get into debt. Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. This book will change your relationship with money. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, by Jack Bogle. This book is about index funds. Jack Bogle founded Vanguard and created index funds. The 4 Phases Of Personal Finance
Consider where you find yourself as each phase requires a different strategy.
From nothing to something. This is where you live from paycheck to paycheck without any savings. Try to build a financial buffer of at least one month of expenses. Gaining traction. Once you've saved at least one month of expenses, aim for saving six months of expenses. Peace of mind. Put your money in a savings account and don't touch it. Everything else you save from now on is meant for investing. Financial freedom. This is the stage where you have enough cash and investments to cover your cost of living. FOLLOW Myth: Shop Early for the Best Deals
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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.
buying wholesale perishable items like fruit and milk might mean it goes to waste if you can't consume it before the expiration date. Deepstash is better on the app. Discover new ideas and get inspired daily. GET THE APP SIGN IN