6 Easy Steps to Get Ahead Financially

Infographics March 2016It’s hard to save up money. Everything is getting more and more expensive. The world is just coming out of a long recession. Many of us are paying off loans, and even those who don’t have this issue still struggle financially. In a situation like this saving up enough to get ahead a month sounds like science fiction. Well, it doesn’t have to be!

Here is a simple clear action plan to achieve financial security.

  1. Recognize that you have a problem

Admitting that you have a money problem is embarrassing, but necessary. Just do it once and you can move on to the next step.

  1. Lower the amount of money you spend

Many of us have issues with uncontrollable spending. We think that one purchase won’t hurt anyone, but expenses like that tend to accumulate. Try to stop buying anything but the essentials altogether for one month. See how it goes. If it seems too harsh, try instating a budget or a shopping limit.

  1. Deal with you debts

Many people in their 40s are still paying off loans they took out for college. Now, isn’t that scary? Almost everyone has some kind of debt. The important thing is to choose the best possible interest rates. If your interest rates are too high, consolidating your credit can be a good idea.

  1. Make more cash

This piece of advice seems a bit clueless. You’re already working so hard. It’s not like you can find a better job out of nowhere! Trust me, I understand completely. But I’m not talking about making millions. Start small! Try one of online resources or do some work in your neighborhood. Yard work, tutoring, babysitting are always needed. Or just pick up extra hours wherever you work now.  Make 50$ the first week and see how it goes.

  1. Put money away

Once you have extra cash it’s important not to waste it. You can hold a savings account which has more difficult access than your current one. Make certain that your extra money you have left at the end of each month goes directly there.  It can be your emergency fund or a first step towards the house you have always wanted.

  1. Be persistent

It’s hard to change your lifestyle, but if you persevere you’ll be one step closer to financial security.

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