With the economy being at its worst in years nobody is immune to facing financial troubles. Therefore it is important that you do what is in your reach to better your situation. Managing your income the best way possible is the best step to take in improving your finances. Here are some steps to take to save and manage your money.
Make a payment plan. At the beginning or end of each month (whichever works best for you) sit down with all your bills and make a list of bills with most priority based on when they need to be paid. As you go through your bills set a date to pay them, keeping in mind their due date and making sure you send the payment on time.
Open a Savings Account. If you don’t already have one, open a savings account. Make it your goal to save as much as you can. If you are able to set an amount, start small at about $50 per paycheck and as you get rid of your debt increase the amount. This money will be useful. Either to live off of or to help pay bills and unexpected expenses you may face.
Keep a budget. There are inevitable expenses we all have such as: food, gas, rent, and utility bills but there are expenses we all do that we can live without. Avoid any money spent on unnecessary shopping, or entertainment. If you can’t afford it most likely you don’t need it.