New Year, New Financial Outlook

Every year we make promises to ourselves to make life better, healthier, and more prosperous. We aim to fix the problems that worry us and improve our prospects for the future. Much of this includes diet and exercise, but for many of us each year, we vow to get back on top of our finances. It’s easy to lose sight of spending, and even easier to miss payments on bills. If this has happened to you more than once in the last few months, now is a great time to regain control.

Adjust Your Budget

Even if you have a well thought out budget prepared already, it must be reviewed every quarter to ensure it still makes sense. The cost of everyday items like food and toiletries has gone up again recently. Chances are your tastes have changed somewhat too. And many of our favorite fruits and vegetables are seasonal. This means the price will fluctuate through the course of a year.

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Financial Security: Myth or Misunderstanding?

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Finances are always on our mind. It doesn’t matter if it’s about retirement, starting a business or education fees for our children, we always need to think about our financial situation and we need to make plans for the future. There are usually two types of people when it comes to managing finances; those who struggle with saving their cash and those who have no future worries. The latter camp is referred to as having financial security.

Some people consider financial security to be a myth. After all, there’s a saying that goes “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” and it’s, for the most part, completely true. It’s difficult to plan ahead for the future because you’re never sure what could come around the corner, so why waste the effort of preparing for the future when it could all be for nothing? In addition to that, there’s the problem of inflation which makes saving up your money rather difficult, so is there any reason to aim for financial security?

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3 Ways To Take A Hands Off Approach To Your Financial Management

This contributed post is for informational purposes only. Please consult a business, financial and legal professional before making any decisions.

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We’re all busy people. There are only so many hours in the day, but there are seemingly countless numbers of tasks that we have to perform in those hours. Not feeling that you have enough time to manage your life as you should can be overwhelming, and can also lead to dropped balls that take a long time to recover from.

Your finances are one area that should demand your attention but, inevitably, they can be pushed to one side during times of high stress. While this is fine on an occasional basis — we all need a break every now and then — if you find the situation is becoming chronic, then you should look for an alternative financial management strategy instead.

If you’re constantly finding that you’re too busy to manage your finances in the way you would prefer, a “hands off” strategy might be the best way forward for you. While you can’t fully automate and abandon your entire budgeting strategy, there are a few tricks you can use to help alleviate the time burden.

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Why Using a Credit Card is a Sensible Financial Decision

Article by: Melissa Taylor With more than 500 million credit cards in circulation in the United States, Americans are no strangers to our beloved plastic. Experts in personal finance spend a lot of effort trying to convince people why we should never lay a finger on a credit card. With nearly sixty percent of Americans carrying … Read more