While most responsible adults have steady bill-paying jobs, many don’t have savings or a budget, leaving them financially unhealthy. Understandably, working Americans live paycheck to paycheck, but they don’t have to, even if their income is not that of a millionaire. Here are six easy steps to financial stability.
No More Excuses!
We all do it; make excuses for every failure we have in life. Financial matters are no exception. Often there are excuses you are making that are hindering you from financial stability like you don’t make enough, or the cost of living is too high, or a budget doesn’t work for you. The solution is to stop making excuses! It would help if you sat down and budget to see where your money is going and where the deficits are in your income. Once you stop making excuses and use that energy to make a budget, you can make the changes to put you on the path to financial stability.
Stop Putting the Entire Paycheck in Your Checking Account!
Having a checking account is necessary to pay bills and have a central location for your money to be held safely until you spend it. But you should take advantage of direct deposit and have a fixed amount or percentage of your paycheck put into savings or investments. Another way you can save without even trying is to use apps that are for spare change investments. Micro investments can add up, and they are an excellent place to start before moving to more significant investments.
Cut Unnecessary Expenditures Now!
Cutting unnecessary expenditures is a no-brainer, but amazingly we all fail to do it over and over. There are entertainment apps, delivery apps, coffee shops, and impulse buys at the grocery store that tempts us to spend money on things we don’t need. The truth is, if we had the budget in place that was mentioned earlier, we might curb these expenses or at least have them at the forefront of our mind when we pull out our cash or debit card. When you complete your budget, divide it into necessities and non-necessities and decide those expenditures you can cut.
Set Financial Goals Like It’s Your Job!
Throughout life, we set goals. When we are young, it is to finish school, maybe to go to college. As responsible adults, our goals may change. Our goals could be to get married, get a better job, or have kids. But many people, while having personal goals, lack financial goals to get them on the path to saving for the future or even for a car or a house. If you are having difficulty setting financial goals, you may want to consider hiring a financial advisor. A professional financial expert will help you figure out what you want regarding money and your future. These advisors will further help you layout the plan to reach every goal.
Don’t Be Afraid to Invest!
Understandably, many people are afraid of investing. When people think of investing, they imagine the stock market and find it confusing and even a little scary because of the risks. However, with some professional advice and risk tolerance assessment, anyone can find ways to invest that they will be able to withstand. Many investment options are low to almost no risk.
Say NO to Credit Cards!
The best way to avoid credit card debt is never to get a credit card. If you have good credit or are a student, the credit card offers come pouring in with immediate activation. Avoid the temptation! But, if you decide to get a credit card for emergency purposes, make sure you get one with low interest and truly only use it for emergency purposes. When you do charge something to your card, pay it in full immediately. Payments, especially at the minimum amount due, generally only pay towards the interest and not the principal.
You can become financially stable quickly if you take these easy steps. If you stop making excuses, save some of your paycheck, cut unnecessary expenses, set goals, invest, invest, INVEST, and say no to credit cards, you will be financially stable in no time!About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud-hosted desktop where their entire team and tax accountant may access the QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools in an efficient and secure environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.