Are You Keeping Your Personal Finances in Check?

author/source: Elizabeth Carney

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Are you keeping your personal finances in check? It’s not enough to say that you are going to make some changes in the future, the changes need to start now. If you know that you’re not doing everything that you can be, you’re not helping yourself. Too many people avoid talking about money because they find it uncomfortable, but this is how people end up in debt and unable to climb their way out. 

If we would talk about this openly, then maybe people wouldn’t be so ashamed to seek the help that they need. Today, that’s what we’re going to be doing! We’re going to take a look at some of the ways that you can keep your personal finances in check.


Budgeting is the first thing that you should do if you want to improve the way that you manage your personal finance. This doesn’t mean endless spreadsheets and pieces of paper, it just means that you need to get all of your finances written down. Create two lists, one that has your outgoing expenses, and one that has your incoming expenses. To ensure that this is accurate, you either need to make sure your list of outgoing is written to the penny, or you need to round up to the nearest whole number. You should, however, never round up your incoming. It’s always better to have a little more than you thought left, rather than not enough.

This will be the base of your budget now. You can ensure that you can pay all of your bills first, and then the money that is left is yours to do with as you please. You may want to put some of it in savings, you may want to spend it on certain things. Just don’t go over what you have, as this is where things start to go wrong. 

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Then we move onto saving! Are you a good little saver? Are you an okay saver? Or are you someone who has no savings because they either don’t have enough money left over or you just don’t want to? If it’s the last option, that’s not going to fly when you need that money down the line. What if something happens to your home and you need to hire someone to come and sort the issue for you? 

Let’s say you need to hire a flooded basement cleanup service, for example, you need to find the money for this, but where is it going to come from? It’s not exactly cheap and if you don’t have the money available to you then you might find yourself struggling. Saving can help by taking some of the financial burden off of you.

Planning For the Future

Planning for the future is also something that you need to do if you want to keep your personal finances in check. You need to have some kind of plan so that you can stay on the right path. Are you going to be purchasing a home? Are you going to be purchasing a car? It’s things like this that you need to think about.

Do you have the right insurance policies? Have you got your affairs in order in case something happens to you? All of these things are important, and you need to make sure that you are getting them sorted.Photo Courtesy of towfiqu-barbhuiya

Paying Off Your Debts

Debt is a tricky thing. Some people end up in debt because they have no other choice, whereas other people end up in debt because they didn’t think things through before they did them. At the end of the day, the why doesn’t really matter, as long as you are working to get yourself out. Call your creditors and set up a payment plan with them. Make sure that these payments are affordable to you, make sure that you are paying them on time, and eventually, you will be able to clear off your debts. This means that the massive rain cloud over your finances will be gone, and you will be free!

Keeping your personal finances in check is not always going to be the easiest thing in the world and we know that. There are so many different factors and it can be quite difficult to keep track of them all at the same time, but it’s important that you try your best. We understand that there are people who just want to live their best life and deal with the consequences later, but this isn’t a practical way to live.