If you’ve ever found yourself suddenly scratching your head over where your money went, chances are you have some pretty bad financial habits. In order to help you change that, today we’ll be talking about some smart financial steps that you—and basically anyone—can start right this day!
Tracking your spending
This is by far, one of the simplest steps you can do. By ‘tracking your spending’, this means literally tracking your spending. It’s easy to not see the high cost of the ‘little’ purchases since it’s done over time. When you track those down, it’s easy to see where your money goes and how to put a stop to the leak in your finances.
There are a lot of ways to about this step as well. If you’re more of a pen and paper kind of person, have a small notebook with you to jot down any and all spending you’ve done. If you’re more comfortable with tech, there are a lot of apps that are made specifically to help people track their spending.
Set up an automatic transfer for savings
This is something you can do online and it’s pretty great. One of the best ways to avoid spending all your money is to set up saving. With your bank, you can now set up an automatic transfer. Once your money comes in, it’ll automatically take a bit and move it to another secure account. You will be the one to dictate how much will be taken and how often it will be done.
This way, you’ll have a clearer idea of what you’re left with and you’ll be saving up without having to think about it once the setup is made.
Establish a budget and stick to it
Your money will be put to better use if you have a clear idea of where it should go. Other than tracking your spending, you should have a clear budget. This is usually a fun activity once you get used to it. Take note of your monthly earnings once the savings have been transferred. From there, plan how much goes to bills, food, gas, and others. You should also plan where personal spending should go.
This way, you’ll never be left in the dark again when it comes to your finances.