Personal Finance Advice

October 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Debt & Credit Free

Knowing the way to properly manage one’s personal finances is not an ability that people are born with. To acquire the most out of your money, and manage your personal resources in a way that protects your financial safety, it does take a bit of instruction and familiarity with certain concepts. The information in this article is intended to help you better manage your individual assets.

 Buying used can save you a substantial amount of money. Cars for instance, lose at least 20% of purchase price just by signing on the dotted line and driving away. Let someone else pay for that devaluation by acquiring a vehicle that is a maybe a year or two old. It will usually have low mileage and still have a partial manufactures warranty.

 When selecting a credit card you should consider getting a rewards credit card. Contingent on your lifestyle, you might select a card that offers cash back for your purchase. If you travel select one that provides maximum airline miles. Choosing a card that best fits your spending behaviors will return money to you for buying products and services that you already purchase. It is critically important you pay the balance in full each month and don’t be tempted to spend more money than you can pay back.

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 Pay attention to any changes in the bank’s policy, adding fees and additional charges is a good indication that it might be time to examine other choices. Regional banks and credit unions typically offer more options and better rates than large national banks.  In the past buyers were permitted to write off the interest paid on their credit cards on their tax return,  for some years now this has no longer been the case. For this reason, the most important habit consumers can have is pay off as much of their credit card balance as possible.

 If you have regularly made your credit card payments on time, you may have some leverage to negotiate better terms, for example a lowered interest rate or an increased credit limit. Of course, only go for the latter option if you have a real need to do so.  

 Be diligent in keeping your checkbook balanced. If this is done regularly it will save you the expense and humiliation of a bounced check and the fees that are charged. It is much easier now that we are in the digital age as most of your accounting chores may be done on line.

 As was mentioned earlier, people are not born with the knowledge to effectively manage their individual finances. Successful financial management is an ability that is learned and practiced. Do try some of these suggestions and they could help you find your way to financial freedom.

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Knowing the way to properly manage one’s personal finances is not an ability that people are born with.

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