Archive for the ‘Emergency Fund’ Category

8 Tips for College Student Budgets

Monday, July 6th, 2009

#4 Pace Yourself

Below are eight tips for college students about money and finances.

1. Track your Expenses

If you track your spending for a few weeks, you will be better able to figure out where your money is going. Are you spending an exorbitant amount of money on Starbucks? You may want to cut back. Most college students do not realize where their money is going until they really take the time to pay attention to their receipts at the end of the week.

2. Formulate a Plan

The best way to manage your finances over the course of a semester is simply to sit down and really take the time to map out a budget. List all of your sources of income, tracking potential income and actual income earned. Then list all of your expenses, including tuition, books, groceries, and so on. When you have a plan formulated, you can better track money coming in and going out.

3. Make Room for Good Time Money

You need to make plans to have a little bit of personal spending money for entertainment purposes, eating out or other special purchases, otherwise you can easily throw your entire budget plan out of whack. Make some room for entertainment money and just vow to stay within your budget from month to month.

4. Pace Yourself

If you spend too much money at the beginning of the semester you will run out of money before the end. Give yourself a weekly spending limit based on how much income you have, and stick to it so you don’t end up tapped out by the end of the semester.

5. Go Easy on Credit

Credit cards are nice, and useful, but only for some purchases and not all. One quick way to spend way beyond your means is to use credit in the wrong ways. Use your credit cards sparingly if you have them, otherwise you may end up hooked on charging things, which is a great way to rack up unavoidable, unnecessary debt.

6. Set a Personal Credit Line

Just because your credit card has a limit of $2,000, that does not mean you have to spend that much. Only spend what you can actually pay back. If you only have $500 to attribute to paying back a credit card, only spend that much on the card and you will be fine.

7. Be Realistic

You can do what you want to do, but you cannot necessarily do everything that you want to do. Make some choices and be prepared to make some sacrifices because doing things and buying things is going to make a dent in your wallet, but some expenses can be easier on the wallet than others and provide just as much return on investment.

8. Plan Ahead for Emergencies

If you bust your entire budget this week on something you want to do, make sure to make up for it next week. If you constantly spend your entire budget frivolously, you can end up unprepared for emergencies like auto maintenance costs, course materials, health costs and so on.

Photo Credits: 1

Originally posted 2020-11-06 05:11:31. Republished by Old Post Promoter

Related Articles
  • 3 Ways to Increase Your Cash Flow If you’re finding it difficult to get by, one of the easiest ways to combat this issue is by increasing your monthly cash flow. While you may not be able to make a huge difference right away, slowly building up the amount of money that you have coming in, building……
  • Personal Budget Planning /caption] The key to your financial success in life is your own personal money management skills. Your personal money management practices make up your own personal method of reaching both your goals and your dreams. No one likes the idea of personal budget planning, but you will never know if……
  • Loanio Roundup – Dia de Los Muertos /caption] Good morning and welcome to the Dia de Los Muertos edition of Loanio’s roundup. Dia de Los Muertos is a holiday celebration that takes place primarily in Mexico and celebrates the dead. It goes by Day of the Dead in English and correspondingly it matches the Catholic holidays of……
  • How Do I Plan For Retirement? One of the most common questions people have is how do I plan for retirement? Whether you’re looking at retiring in five years or thirty five, it is important to come up with a plan that will provide you with more than enough to live comfortably. It is no longer……
  • 3 Tips for Teen Investing Parents like to complain that their teenage children do not listen to them. However, when it comes to matters dealing with money, the opposite is actually often true. Teenagers often welcome the advice that their parents have to give regarding finances, money management and investments. In the past few years,……
Related Sites
  • Has the Recession Created a Long-Term Change In Your Money Habits? Obviously, the current economic condition has tightened just about everyone’s purse strings. The savings rate is up, spending is down, and people are becoming more educated about their finances and how to stretch their dollars as much as possible. But is the change real? Many people are being forced to……
  • The Dave Ramsey Baby Steps: Everybody’s a Critic It seems a bit like a rite of passage for every personal finance writer to share their opinion of Dave Ramsey. That alone speaks volumes about Ramsey’s reach in the personal finance sector, but not all of the reviews have been glowing. I personally consider his book, The Total Money……
  • budgetEasy Personal Finance Tips When you’re trying to save for the future and still manage to eat, it can be tough to find that right balance. We all need to plan ahead and having a savings account really is essential. This can be a cushion or that “rainy day” money that you need, and……
  • 7 Ideas for Your Income Tax Fund  You may be relieved to hear the tax accountant tell you that not only do you not owe in to taxes but that you are, in fact, getting a refund. The word refund means basically that you lent the government money and they must give it back to you sans……
  • business-officeHandle Your Personal Finances Like A Business Trisha Wagner is a freelance writer for DestroyDebt.com, a debt community featuring debt forums. Trisha writes regularly on the topics of getting out of debt and personal finance. Photo Credit:  Alex Osterwalder Is it time for you to get a grip on your finances? Or perhaps you are just starting……

Should You Be Worried About the Economy?

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

If you are worried about gas, try carpooling.

If you follow the news, chances are the state of the economy may have you a little concerned. Bad news is rampant, the housing market is shaky and doom appears to be around every corner. While there are some definite problems with the economy right now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to start panicking. Smart money management is always important, but if you find that you are overly worried about the state of the economy, there are a few steps that you can take to shore up your financial defenses and stop worrying.

The first step is to take a hard look at your mortgage payments, car payments and any other loans that you may have. If they are calculated under a variable rate, now is the time to start allocating a little extra each month to ensure that you have enough to keep up with the payments. If your mortgage payment looks like it is going to be too high, act quickly by negotiating with your bank for either a payment deferment or even a refinance. No one wins in a foreclosure situation and most banks will be willing to work something out with you.

The second step is to think about consolidating your credit card bills if necessary. If you are paying on multiple cards that all have high interest rates, you could be wasting a lot of money each month. Take advantage of a low or no interest card that will allow you to transfer those high balances into one. Just make sure you read the fine print to see how long the interest rate will remain low. Or use Loanio to receive a loan from lenders, this is easy and painless to do. This not only helps you save money on high interest fees, but you can also save time by paying only one bill every month.

Next, you can take a look at what you’re spending and how rising prices are affecting you. For example, the cost of gas right now has many people worried. You may find that you’re spending more to get to work than you may make for the day, or the ratio may have changed dramatically. If this is the case, consider setting up a carpool with other workers to save money, or you may even be able to arrange to telecommute. There are many ways that you can reduce your monthly expenses and free up more money to handle the rising cost of necessities.

This is also a good time to think about setting up an emergency fund. This is a very beneficial type of savings account that can tide you over if you run short during the month, or if you end up with a personal crisis on your hands. When you have the security of a savings account, emergency fund or other means of income, you’ll be in a much better position to weather any economic storm.

While the economy has been better, there is certainly no need to start panicking right now. Simply follow smart money practices, and you’ll be in a position where you can withstand whatever comes.

Photo Credits: 1

Originally posted 2020-10-28 20:01:41. Republished by Old Post Promoter

Related Articles
  • 3 Types of Safe Investments /caption] Given the shaky financial markets across the world today and the extreme ups and downs that are being seen from one day to the next in the US market, you might be wondering what are safe investments, and how can I be sure I won’t lose all the money……
  • Child Savings and Investment /caption] Having children is not cheap by any means these days, especially when you consider the long term basis. The older your children get, the more they will end up costing you, especially when you consider education costs which are rising with every passing year. It may seem easy to……
  • What Are Legitimate High Yield Investments? In this day and age, everyone is hurting for money, and locating legitimate high yield investments is not easy. Aside from scams, another consideration that needs to be made is the potential return on any investments that you make. Despite the fact that there are many attractive investment opportunities available……
  • Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early? With the trouble in the housing market, those that are financially stable are left wondering whether now may be a good time to pay off their mortgages. There are some definite pros and cons to early payment, and this strategy is one that must be carefully considered before taking action…….
  • Do You Ask Yourself, How Do I Plan for Retirement? /caption] Don’t you think that every working man and working woman is entitled to enjoying a secure and comfortable retirement once they are no longer working? Due to the fact that we have taken so many strides in health care and in medicine, many people are living longer and healthier……
Related Sites
  • credit-crunchTips To Survive The Credit Crunch Today’s article is written by guest blogger Trisha Wagner. Does the economy have you feeling down?  It takes a boat load of positive attitude to look at the current credit crunch and not feel a bit of apprehension regarding your finances.  So if you find yourself worrying about what the……
  • robotTwo Ways To Wisely Spend Your Tax Refund Start or add it to your emergency fund. You should do this first if you don’t have at least $1000 in your emergency fund. One great place to put it is in a high interest savings account, some of which ae several times higher than many brick and mortar banks. There’s also HSBC……
  • successAre You Ready to Be a Financial Success? There comes a time in everyone’s life where they begin to take a hard look at their finances. If you weren’t born into wealth, you’ve worked hard to get where you are and it can be frustrating if you feel as though you’re only treading water. Every single one of……
  • stock-marketFixing your Finances: Get Started on Just One Thing I’ve been talking to a lot of people around my neighborhood and  many are concerned about their finances in this economy. They are worried that they might lose their job (if they haven’t already, I have to buddies who were laid off in the last month, one was an engineer,……
  • How Should You Spend Your Tax Refund? First things first; the tax refund is just that – it’s YOUR money being returned BACK to you.  It’s not new money. It’s money that ideally you wouldn’t have lent to the government in the first place. Talk to your employer’s accounting department (or whomever handles the tax reporting) about……