• Saturday, July 13, 2024
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Even with financial adviser, take responsibility for your money

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There are many questions that people can ask from their financial advisers. I think the most important thing is actually not choosing a financial adviser, but deciding that you are the person who is responsible for your money, no matter who you choose. If someone is helping you with your finances, you own responsibility for those finances.

In order to save money, cancel memberships for things you do not use. For instance, if you have a gym membership, but you never go to the gym, why do you need the membership? All that this is doing is costing you money that could be spent on more important things.

This might seem painful, but if you want to save money, cut out monthly unnecessary expense. This could save you some money yearly or more, and it forces you to engage in more productive and healthy forms of entertainment again. Go outside, read books and interact with your family for entertainment.

Don’t throw away money on needless or hidden monthly recurring charges. You may be paying for services that you don’t need or unknowingly agreed to. Avoid these types of charges by carefully looking over your bank statements every month. Look for and eliminate any charges that you’re unfamiliar with, or that you no longer need.

See if your employer provides you with discount benefits. Many times, if you work for a large company, they can pass their discounts on to you for various insurance plans or even your cell phone.

Think carefully before making any financial decision. Don’t make a decision based on fear or panic. It is okay for you to stop and take the adequate amount of time you need before you make any kind of decision. That is especially true for large financial decisions. Now you just need to take a deep breath and do the right thing.

Learn to live frugally as a way of life. Consider going with only one car for your family. Your car is probably the second most expensive item in your budget, after your home. This can be a short-term strategy to help you catch up on bills and build up your savings, or an ongoing lifestyle change.

Fees are something that you will have to deal with as the year goes on, so you should be conscious of them so that they do not add up. Try to be aware of any ATM fees and drive carefully on the road so that you do not receive tickets or fines from any government officials—LASTMA, FRSC, VIO, name it—which are unnecessary expenses.

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