How to take charge of your finances

There are a number of ways you can improve your financial health, achieve your goals and be prepared for any unexpected emergencies. The key is to pay attention to where your money is going. Here are five things you can do to take charge of your finances:

Make a budget

We’re sure you’ve heard this one a million times already, but making a budget and sticking to it is key to managing your finances. People generally know how much they earn but are always surprised to find out where their money goes. So be reasonable with your budget; otherwise, it’s going to be difficult to stick with it. 

Manage your debts

Managing your debts is another key component of good money management. It’s much easier to achieve your financial goals when you don’t have a lot of debt, so be mindful of how much you’re borrowing and what it is for. Keep in mind that there is good debt and bad debt, so consider whether borrowing money for an item that will depreciate (bad debt) is really worth it. 

Save and invest

Regularly saving a portion of your income can help you with big purchases, and can give you peace of mind that you’ll be able to handle any unexpected purchases. Whatever your goals, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of saving regularly. It’s never too late, and be sure to include this in your budget! 

Improve your credit score

Improving your credit score is important if you wish to borrow money someday. Ensuring you pay your creditors on time is one way of getting a good credit score. Also, having a good credit score means you will gain access to better loan terms and lower interest rates. 

Have an emergency fund

Saving for a rainy day means setting aside around three to six months of your living expenses. Remember, this money should only be used when there is an actual emergency, such as losing your job or needing to pay for expensive medical bills.

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