25 Personal Finance Tips To Help You Get Your Money Right
A few quick tips on how to do things better can make all the difference when it comes to your personal finances and so I've put together these 25 personal finance tips to help you get your money right.
There's bound to be at least one or two things you can put into effect to help improve your finances! So here goes -
Here are 25 Personal Finance Tips To Help You Get Your Money Right
Go through your closet and your house, sell the things you don't need or use and put the money you earn in savings or towards debt.
Do an inbox detox - Unsubscribe from retailer emails so you don't get tempted to make impulse purchases every time they announce a sale. There will always be another sale.
3. DIY your hair & nails
Cut your salon visits by half and do your own hair and nails instead. You'll save a ton of money and you'll still look beautiful.
4. Consider cost per wear
For every clothing purchase you make, ask yourself - "how often will I wear this"? Consider your cost per wear. If you aren't going to wear it enough, it's probably not worth it.
5. A sewing kit is your friend
Invest in a sewing kit. The next time something rips, see if you can repair it before you buy a replacement, plus sewing kits are super cheap.
6. Join your local library
Love reading? Join your local library and borrow books for free instead of buying new titles - it adds up.
7. Get "cancel" happy
If you aren't using that subscription service, cancel it. From gym memberships to magazine subscriptions, too many people have paid subscriptions sitting around that they barely use.
8. Overspending? Freeze the plastic
Freeze your credit cards! Getting them out of ice is an inconvenience (a highly annoying one) that will slow down that overspending habit of yours.
9. Meal plan
Challenge yourself to pack lunch everyday for a week or a month. Put the money you save not buying lunch into savings or towards your debt.
10. Create a grocery list
Create a list before you go food shopping based on what you need at home! This will help you avoid impulse buys especially at the grocery store. One of my favorite apps to save money is Ibotta. I use it to see what offers I can get cash back on at my local grocery store and they send you the money via a Paypal deposit or via a gift card once your account hits $20. Always a nice perk!
11. Always compare rates
Shop around yearly & compare your insurance rates to see if you can get a better deal on your current coverage needs.
12. Keep the change
Gather up all the loose change in your house and car and make a deposit in your savings account or a payment towards your debt.
13. Go lean at the movies; Take a big bag
Skip the overpriced concession/snack stand at the movies. Pack your own snacks in your big handbag :)
14. Start a spending journal
Wonder where your money is going? Start a spending journal, track your spending for 30 days & you'll start to see where.
15. Organize your bill due dates
Stressed with different bill due dates? Call your providers & ask to move your due dates so they are all around the same time.
16. New month, new budget
Create a new budget for each new month. No two months are exactly the same, adjust your budget accordingly. Not a fan of budgeting? You probably need to try out a few different budgeting methods to find one that works for you.
17. Pay more than the minimum on debt
Pay way more than the minimum towards your debts whenever you can to accelerate your debt payoff. This includes, credit cards, student loans, mortgages etc - be sure your extra payments are going towards your principle balance.
18. Know your interest rates, prioritize your debt
Are you aware of the interest rates on any debt you have? You need to be in order to determine your payoff priority. Having a payoff priority will help you create an effective plan to get rid of your debt quickly.
19. Get an emergency fund in place
If you have an emergency fund in place, you are less likely to leverage debt to deal with an unplanned situation. Start with $1,000 and once you are able to get rid of your high interest debt, get it to 3 and then 6 months of your basic living expenses.
20. Negotiate - everything
Got a job offer on the table? Negotiate more than just your salary - think vacation days, bonuses, work hours etc.
21. Save for retirement
Start saving for retirement as soon as you are able. If your employer offers a match, take it, it's free money. Having a long term plan for retirement savings will ensure you actually live out the life you dream of having in retirement.
22. Don't wait to invest
When it comes to investing, you don’t need to be a millionaire to get your foot in the door. Start small with what you have using platforms like Acorns, Stash and a fav of mine - Stockpile. You'll be surprised how quickly things add up.
23. Get the right insurance
Be sure you have the right type & adequate amount of insurance in place - auto, health, disability life, home, renter's, pet etc. Not having insurance or having inadequate insurance can derail your financial plans in the event that something unplanned happens.
24. Become accountable
Accountability helps you stay on top of your goals. Find an accountability partner to keep you focused as you build wealth. You are more likely to succeed when you put your goals out there.
25. Remember - gratitude always
Be grateful for what you have. Gratitude makes you content. Contentment curbs unnecessary spending.
Bola Sokunbi is the founder of Clever Girl Finance and she's passionate about helping women take control of their money so they can live life on their own terms.