David Lerner Associates: Financial Wellness Basics
Ask one hundred people, and you’re sure to find that the great majority of them would agree.
We all want more stable finances. We all want what is now being referred to as “Financial Wellness.”
We aren’t talking about the difference between wealth and poverty here. We aren’t talking about hand-to-mouth versus upper affluent income brackets. We’re talking about a quality of life and a healthy financial life.
Here are some things that will get you there:
1. Financial literacy
The more that you know, the more you can control and be responsible for. Taking control of your own financial life begins with learning and understanding the ABCs of finances. This could be as easy as finding a local community financial education class or researching online. But the point is that you are educating yourself.
2. Get sound advice
Find someone whose advice you trust and know has your best interests at heart. Someone who will not push you into risky investments but rather a conservative approach to taking care of your money.
Know how much is coming in and how much is going out. And stick to your budget. Don’t get extravagant with your finances. That’s not to say you can’t treat yourself now and then, but make sure you have it in your budget before splurging.
Take a good look at your finances, and divide your spending into categories -- food, education, necessities, luxuries, etc.
Use the technology available to you. Nowadays we can access our account online from our phones, and move funds between them. This avoids being overdrawn. There are also all kinds of budgeting apps and calculators available.
4. Credit cards
Look at ways to get better interest rates on your existing cards and loans. This could mean the difference between being debt free and being buried under endless credit card bills.
5. Change your mind
This is a simple attitude shift towards your own financial scene and your own financial future. There is hope. Don’t feel ashamed or guilty about your finances. It’s a state of mind. Change your attitude, and take control of your own financial future.
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