Proper financial planning begins with YOU. You are the sole person responsible for the state of your bank account. Before any kind of money management begins, this is one thing you have to understand. Your family and career will benefit only when you are free from financial worries. So what is it that you need to do to secure a sound financial standing. Well the road to financial bliss is not easy but there is a start and that is to first discipline your spending habits.
Observe how you spend and where you spend, you will have answer to all your questions. Most of the time it so happens that a person does everything in his power to accommodate short term savings but finds himself broke when it comes to paying off a major debt at a future date. This happens because while most of us are aware of the concept of saving, we don’t know where to invest the money in.
Investing in stocks, bonds and securities result in savings but they deny you the freedom of using your savings when you want. This is in fact a good thing. Having money lying around in your back account will only give you the feeling that you have money at your disposal and thus can spend it the way you want when you want. Instead, if your money is locked up in securities, you can be assured of securing your savings and earning a bigger chunk in the future.
Organizing and managing your finances does take your time and effort but most of the time it is about your commitment to the cause and what you wish to do with the resources you have. If you think you can save a few months and then take it easy for the rest, you are slowly undermining your ability to derive future returns. Though this may seem like you are being hard on yourself, don’t forget about the fact that saving and investing today is the only way to secure your future.
If you are just starting out your career, it is very likely that you are diverting money from your income to pay off your college debt. While this may sound like the most obvious thing to do, it is not the smartest. If you are worried about your future, it is your future you should be looking at and not dwell in the past. By securing your finances today you will be in a better position to pay off your debts in the future.
If you are hell bent on clearing off your debts as and when they are incurred, you will be doing a grave mistake of potentially damaging your net worth. Your net worth determines your ability to earn and if you are jeopardizing this very notion then you may have to suffer serious consequences in the future.
So, be wise about the choices you make because more often than not your choices will determine your destiny. Also, discipline your efforts and approach towards managing your finances.