All too often people make the mistake of thinking that they are
capable of handling their own finances without any worries at
all. However, in most cases people learn rather quickly they
cannot handle their own finances without help or assistance from
anyone else. However, with some simple tips and advice people
can now be assured that they can handle their personal finances
College students are usually the worst people at managing their
money and they need the most assistance. Some college students
are away from home for the first time and they are eager to
start spending their money on the various things that they want.
Here are some tips that can help these people handle their money
better and make it last longer. When you are in college it is
very important to make your money stretch as far as it can.
There are some simple rules to personal finance that are
intended to help and if used correctly they will lead you on
your way to financial comfort and freedom.
1. You should always put money away for an emergency. The
recommended amount of time that you should save money is
anywhere between six months to a year. This should be put into
an account in which you cannot withdraw money for a specified
amount of time or for a specific reason. By having the money in
such an account you know it will be there any time you need it.
2. You should always pay off credit cards that have the highest
interest rates first. While doing this you can continue to make
the minimum payment on the card that has lower interest rate
while paying a little more each month on the higher card.
3. If you are not sure where you are spending all of your money
then it might be a good idea to start keeping a diary of some
sort where you record your spending each day. You should record
everything that you spend than at the end of the week or month
you can sit and determine where you spend the most money and if
there are any areas that you can cut out.
4. While you are trying to save money people sometimes make the
mistake of thinking that charging things to a credit card will
help them save. This is completely wrong. If you want to save
money then you need to stop charging and pay cash whenever you
can. The cash may be gone but you don't have to worry about
making continuous monthly payments.
5. Avoid pressure to spend money. IF you do not want to spend
the money then don't. That is the simplest of all rules. Do not
let others pressure you into spending money unnecessarily.
About the author:
James Hunt has spent 15 years as a professional writer and
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