Most times, we overspend whenever we have funds, whether in cash or credit. But often times we fail to see the effects of our overspending and we end up with piled up credit card bills.
One of the simplest things to get out of debts and credits is to start budgeting. At first it may be too challenging since you need to adjust y finances, but in the end you will have a greater benefit.
Here are some practical ways to start managing our resources and budgeting our finances.
1. "Cash Base" living. It is better to spend cash than credit since cash out flow is easier to monitor. When you don`t have money in your pocket, then you know you can`t pay for a purchase. On the other hand, with a credit card, you have a higher credit limit than what you can actually afford; hence, spending is not limited. Aside from this, paying in cash spares you from paying interest rates and other charges.
2. When planning to buy appliances or expensive equipments, try to canvass first. Visit stores that offer items on sale.
3. Always account your expenses - from debt repayments, bill payments, groceries, fare expenses, and savings and others. Keep a record of any transactions you had in a day. This helps you monitor your daily and monthly expenses.
4. Keep only things that you need. You can put on garage sale things that you no longer could do with.
5. Spend only what you have. Most credits and debts are incurred due to overspending. Be a wise spender. You may decide to compile coupons which can help you purchase items on a lesser price. Remember, do not bite more than what you could chew.
6. Plan a weekly meal. If you`re an avid cook, planning a weekly meal saves you more travel time rather going to the grocer everyday, thus saving you gas. Make a list of the things you need to buy from the grocery. This way, you can stop yourself from impulsive buying.
7. Buy energy saving appliances, lights and light fixtures. Newer appliances consume lesser electricity which then leads to a lesser the electricity bill. Aside from this, there are several states which provide tax rebates for individuals who invest on Energy Star appliances.
Moreover, it is also important to unplug appliances or devices when you`re not using it since plugged devices still consume energy even though it`s turned off.
8. Make an annual budget plan. This will help you forecast your yearly activities like vacation and holiday plans and big purchases such as car or room expansions. You can also set aside budgets for events and occasions.
9. Before engaging in business, always consider the feasibility, accessibility, and return of investment. A wrong business deal may lead to a bigger liability.
10. Never have more than one credit card. It is still best not to have one either.
11. Save on gas. Why not walk especially when your destination is only a few blocks away. Or perhaps take your bicycle for a ride. Make you start a healthy living while saving.
Many experts can give you tips in saving, budgeting and getting you out of your debts. But the only thing that they will require you is this: The best way to start is to begin; the best way to begin is to start.