Jun 252017
 

If you ignore your personal finances, you can be negatively affected. Here’s some advice to help you keep your finances in good shape.

The key to being successful is learning how to manage your money. Profits need to be protected and reinvested as capital in the business. Finding a strategy that works for you can really help you to stay ahead of the game. Set a rule for what profits you keep and what profits go into capital.

To understand how you spend money, keep a journal listing every cent you spend for one week. Having said that, it is useless to write this down into a small notebook that you usually keep out of your sight. A better option is to track expenses on a large whiteboard that sits out in full view. This serves a more visible reminder and will help you to stay on track.

If you want to start improving your finances stop paying full price for things. This is not the time for brand loyalty. Buy items for which you have coupons. If your family usually uses Tide, for instance, but you have a good coupon for Gain, choose the less expensive option and pocket the savings.

One way to improve your finances is to refuse to pay full price for anything. Stop buying certain brands unless there are coupons for them. If your family usually uses Tide, for instance, but you have a good coupon for Gain, choose the less expensive option and pocket the savings.

Typically owning two to four credit cards that you regularly use and pay off will help keep your credit score high. Building a credit history with a single card takes a long time, but having more than four open cards is a sign that you cannot control your finances. Start with two cards and build your credit by adding new cards when needed.

It can seem overwhelming to try to rehabilitate your finances after years of neglect. But with determination and patience, you can do it. The key is having an ability to research what others have accomplished and learn from their success and mistakes. You may be well on your way to making good financial choices after reading the tips this article has shared with you.

A lot of products will come with a warranty, and chances are, if the product is going to malfunction, it will do it in this time period. Extended warranties are just a way for the business to make an extra buck, but they’ll rarely be worthwhile for the user.

CLE - Personal finance model

Learn about Stocks and Flows to build a personal finance model using STELLA. Continue the lesson with Dollars and Sense (http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/dollarsandsense/) from the CLE. More details about system dynamics, modeling, and teaching about financial structures to K-12 students is available at The Creative Learning Exchange (www.clexchange.org)
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