How many of us can say in all honesty that we’re happy with our finances? Would you like to earn more? Do you have your debts under control? Do you feel guilty about going shopping and spending too much? A lot of people live under the constant pressure of financial planning, which may even result in serious mental health issues.
Don’t write yourself off as someone who’s terrible with money. Most of us fail to save and spend a lot. The good news is that we can all manage our cash better and feel better about our finances.
Admit You Have a Problem
Admitting there’s an issue, big or small, is the first step for an effective problem solving. Remember that nothing will change if you continue to do whatever you’ve been up to. If you have a small issue, you’ll be able to deal with it on your own, but if it’s gone bad, you might want to seek professional help. There’s nothing wrong with that. There are people who know what they are doing and how to help you. You don’t have to go through it alone.
When to Seek Professional Help
You must seek professional advice if you have debt problems. That is especially true if you have uncontrollable debt. Doing something now will not only save you from all the regret later but also help you save money in the long run.
Setting Smart Goals
Let a closed one or a friend know, get yourself a financial diary… and start setting goals, one at a time. Your financial goal may be saving a particular amount of money or paying off a debt. In no time, you’ll feel great about every single financial accomplishment.
Clear Goals Above All
Setting financial goals, try to be as clear as possible. Don’t try to save some money or pay something off. First, you need to know exactly how much money you have left after paying your bills, living costs, etc. Then, you’ll be able to set a realistic goal, say, save 100 euro or pay off 300 euro of your credit card debt.
Which Brings Us to… Having a Budget
Having a budget is the one of the most important steps in taking your finances under control. You need to know how much money comes in and goes out. If you’re planning – or really need – to save money, think about which expenses you can cut. Can it be that you’re used to buying Starbucks coffee once a day, every day? Do you have free coffee at work? There you go! That’s the simplest tip to cut expenses and start saving – at least – some money.
A great way to work out your budget is with a budget planner, many of which are free and easy-to-use. Write down how much you spend on bills, living costs, travel (public transport, car. etc.), and basic entertainment (cinema, restaurants, or else). Then, you’ll have a clear picture of how much you can save, pay off, spend investing – you name it.
Oftentimes, it is easier said than done, especially if you have uncontrollable debt, but even the worst situation is not the end of the world. Even if you have a lot of debt, there are companies who will handle your creditors for a single central payment a month. Instead of nervously making payments to all your creditors, and writing to them, you can make a payment to such a company and let them handle all the related communication.
Positive attitude helps you go on, set goals, track your progress, and enjoy your achievements to the maximum. It’s okay if you slip once or twice, saving 50 euro instead of the planned 100. Saving 50 euro is also a good start!
We hope our blog post encouraged you to think about how well you manage your finances. Good for you if your current financial situation couldn’t be any better, but if there’s anything you’d like to improve, go ahead and start today!
Have a blast, see you next week!
The CoinMetro Team