Personal Budget: keep yourself out of trouble!

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The personal budget topic is a serious one. We already discussed the importance of having one, how to create it, what to do with it, and a variety of tips about how to manage it. Now, let’s talk about those things that you need to be cautious about to avoid hurting the budget.

Most of the time, our spending habits are not good for our budget management. We need to take time to analyze them and try to change them.

The following are a list of things to keep in mind since they can affect the results in our budget.

Do not spend more than what you earn

This is quite obvious and nothing good comes out of it. But even then, a lot of people have problems with this one. We live in a society where it is incredibly easy to get and use a credit card. A misused credit card is like an illusion. It might look as if you have more money, but it’s not the case. A credit card lets you borrow money at an exaggerated interest rate. You will have to pay a lot more in the future than what you are borrowing today.

If you need to use your credit card for regular expenses like food or pay the rent, you are in serious problems. This means that you are not able to cover these expenses, which are basic for living. If you ever encounter yourself in a situation like this, you need to analyze your budget (or create one since you probably don’t have one yet) and reassign your money to cover primary expenses first.

Investing in instruments that do not cover your needs

One of the good things about investments is that there are a LOT of options. Every person has different needs when it comes to investing. It will all depend on your current short, mid and long term objectives and also how much risk you are willing to take.

For example, investing in stocks is used for mid and long-term goals, because the stock market might move against you. If you give it enough time, the chances of getting a good investment return is higher.

But, if you invest in stocks when you are trying to buy, let’s say, a car in 6 months, the stock market might go down in that time. And when you try to sell your stocks to buy the car, you will have less money than what you invested at first.

For this reason, it is extremely important to find a good advisor before you start investing. Someone that can help you to decide what is the best thing to do for you, taking into consideration the points mentioned above.

Do not acquire excessive debt

As mentioned in a past post, don’t be afraid to acquire debt, since it is not always a bad thing to do. But, acquiring an excessive amount of debt will be extremely harmful for your personal budget. By doing this, you will have to assign more money in your personal budget to cover this debt. Remember that paying off debt should be a top priority with the leftover money at the end of each month.

These are some simple tips what will help you not to sabotage yourself by affecting your personal budget. Remember that it’s all about discipline and being objective. After all, it is your hard-earned money that we are talking about!