Money Management: A List of Quick Tips

Effectively managing your money is one of the most important skills you must learn to become a successful adult. If you’re like most people, you struggle a bit to control the financial side of your life. The following list of tips gives a quick list of tips that may help:

1. Long  imagesterm mastery of your money requires discipline. There is no short cut to acquiring self-discipline, except making the decision to do it.

2. You alone are responsible for your current financial state. This is a hard one for a lot of people. Accept responsibility for where you are now and move forward. Learn from the past and then let it go. Worrying or complaining about other’s actions saps your power – take control of your own life and let others worry about their’s. If you’re married, treat your spouse as your other half; you both need to get on the same page with accepting responsibility and manage your money as a team.

3. Create a budget. Any budget is better than no budget! If you think you don’t have the time to do it – that’s just fear talking. Five minutes twice a month can easily grow a rudimentary but effective budget.

4. Stop using your credit cards and get out of debt. The idea is to keep money in your pocket and not give it away to credit card companies – their profit margins exceed all other industries for a reason.

5. Use cash for small, regular daily expenditures to become more aware of how much you’re spending. It’s harder to hand over cash than swipe a card.

6. Once you’ve become largely debt-free, pay yourself first. Save at least 10% of your gross income. Invest it wisely to maximize the chance of a good but safe return.

7. Practice growing your self-discipline and learn about its direct effect on your bank balance (and your life in general) by attacking every addiction and flaw in your character, one by one. Addictions like smoking, excessive drinking, overspending and others sap your time, energy and money.

8. Realize that becoming good at money management is about a lot more than just the money. It’s your whole attitude about life – what goes on in your head – that really matters. Think positively about money. Visualize yourself successfully living the life of youimagesr dreams, with all money matters firmly under your control.

Quick tips? Yes. Easy? No. But, if you can take to heart the above money management tips and start to practice them, you will not just be better at managing your money. You’ll be better at managing your whole life.

Brad Homer offers free-to-try budgeting software [http://www.homerworks.com] which can help you easily generate a plan to become debt free and more. At his website you can also find more personal finance articles [http://www.homerworks.com/personal_finance_articles_2.html] like this one.

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