It’s unfortunate that it has to be this way, but everyone inherently knows that cash seems to make the world go around, and poor money management can lead to poor living conditions, less overall happiness and the inability to realize many of the hopes and dreams we have for our families and futures.
Don’t get us wrong; money does not necessarily equal happiness, and there are plenty of people out there with perfectly content lives who don’t make tons of cash. But learning how to effectively manage your money, and make the most of your cash, can go a long way toward helping to set your children up for successful adult lives, as well as improving your overall quality of life, too.
Fortunately, learning how to take control of your cash situation and save money for a better future is both east to learn and simple to implement. Unfortunately, however, the minimal amount of dedication and fortitude that it might take to initially break yourself from bad cash habits is enough to stop most people from taking the time to learn these simple methods.
Without speculating on reasons why, our society at large has become used to quick fixes, limited responsibility, and an “I want it right now” attitude. None of these translate into good money management, and have in fact led to an overuse of high interest credit cards and a market that has seen a steeply increasing number of defaults on loans of all types, from mortgages to student loans.
When it comes to saving cash and putting yourself on a healthy monetary circumstance, not nearly enough praise can be given to the action of setting up a responsible budget that will let you meet all of your essential monthly bills, allow you some minimal cash for fun and recreation, and still leave you with enough money at the end of the month to put into a savings account.
A healthy savings account is vital for anyone who wants to stabilize their finances, and there’s nothing like watching the amount of cash you have in savings grow over a period of time to make you feel more secure and responsible. And it really doesn’t matter how much you can afford to sock into savings; even if it’s only a couple of hundred bucks a month, that still can add up to some substantial money over the course of the year.
The second most effective method to get your cash situation under control is by paying down your existing debt. Yes, I know this tip is rather cliche money advice, but it can’t be repeated enough. A huge number of consumers in this country are drowning in debt, and a large chunk of their monthly cash is being dedicated to covering minimum payments that do nothing to reduce their overall burden.
Rather than only paying minimums, wait until you have built up more than three months’ worth of savings in your savings account, then spend the other chunk of that cash on paying down a credit card or two. This might take some self discipline, but you’ll be thankful for it in the end!