One of the most important part of our lives, unfortunately a necessity, is finance . We are all in different circumstances, so it will certainly depend on these, to determine how finance will affect each of us individually. Of course, our “individuality” might be in fact the way that a partnership like marriage would view a financial situation and thus determine what sort of lifestyle that could be followed.
Finance for most people, firstly and foremost, would constitute a salary. This in itself has a major bearing on how we lead our lives. The days of the cash pay packet seem to be dying out. Probably very sensible, if only from a security viewpoint. So, there may be a day to day sortie to check balances, if finances are not in the healthiest of states, to find out exactly what cash is available at any given time. The handling of finance , quite understandably, is determined by exactly how much we earn. That is certainly the basis for all our budgets. Unfortunately, it may be said, that finance is really too easy to attain nowadays in the form of loans, exerting extra pressure to accept greater debt and therefore diminish spending power because of taking on the extra loan.
Finance may well come in other forms. We may have throughout our early lives, worked out a strict strategy in budgetary considerations, taking into account the fact that allowances need to be made for the future. It all sounds very simple, but folk need to be particularly strict with their spending habits, to fulfil their aims. However, this is achievable in many cases, by perhaps using some of our earned finance by investing in say, shares or some other form of stock.
At different times of our lives we need to be more aware of finances . The very fact that within relationships, children do come along, may indeed put an extreme strain on finances and also in these set of circumstances, care has to be taken when budgeting for their clothing, upbringing, education, allowances etc. Finance has a way of being very unforgiving if this allowance is not made in a number of eventualities. Children being a prime example.
Once the family grows up, we have to plan other things. This is as sure as night follows day. We need to look to preparation for old age. We have used our finances to buy homes, raise children, take a few vacations and with luck, save a few dollars, we now have to try and think about our retirement benefits.
If we have been frugal enough in younger days, there is a good chance that we have allowed from of our finances , a sum to be placed in a fund for us to use when we reach whatever retirement age we have chosen. Self-financing seems to be the vogue when making the decision on how our money will look after us. With luck there will be enough to see through to “the end”.
It doesn’t need a genius to recognise that this necessary evil called finance , is with us at all times and if we take a look back at what we have achieved throughout our lives, it would have to be said that no decision would have been made without first considering the financial implications.