Saturday, June 27, 2015

How to Teach Your Kids to Handle Money Effectively

Do you have kids who spend  money like crazy? It is not yet too late to teach them how to manage their money effectively regardless of their age. As a parent, you just have to be determined to teach them financial skills from which they can benefit for the rest of their adult lives. So, how do you start with this? Here are some ideas.

Introduce piggy banks - Instead of buying the toy they want from your spare money, encourage them child to save up in a piggy bank. Use the toy as their goal for saving up. This will teach them a lot of skills and virtues as well like delayed gratification, patience, self-control, frugality, planning and budgeting.

Teach your kids the value of earning their own money - When they get older, kids cannot spend their whole lives depending on you for their needs and financial problems. Is there a chore that they are capable of doing after school hours or during weekends? Encourage them to accomplish those chores regularly in exchange for a few dollars. You can also recommend them to your friends, co-workers or churchmates who might need babysitters or helpers for the day. They can gain confidence about earning money on their own through this.

Open a savings account for your kids - Open an account for each of your kids with the least amount needed. Teach them that their bank accounts are for saving money for future expenses. With the money that they're able to save, they can buy their first car or pay for their college tuition. Instruct them to deposit a part of their earnings in their bank accounts, but it will be better if you model it in front of them too.

Talk about money with them - Well, you don't have to let your kids know everything about your money or personal earnings and savings. Just give them an overview about your family's monthly expenses and budget. This will open their eyes to the reality that they can't buy just anything that they want and to prioritize the things they need to spend on.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Six Steps to Managing Your Low Income

Dealing with a low income is challenging but doable. There are a series of practices which you will need to observe with regards to this. These practices will require you to make huge adjustments that can change your lifestyle and spending habits.

Plan ahead for bills - No matter how big or little our income is, we'll definitely need to pay bills monthly. Save for the payment of your bills as soon you receive your paycheck. Paying your bills promptly will keep you from paying penalty fees which are added expense.

Budget your income - A budget will show your exact earnings and your expenses. A budget will show you if you're spending more than what you earn. Hence, it will be easier for you to check if you're about to be in debt. Create a monthly budget and stick with it.

Prioritize your necessities - Label your basic needs in life. You will definitely need food in order to survive and be able to work daily. So, place it on top of your list. If you're taking medications, you can place it next to food. If not, list down shelter next. Don't forget your utility bills and  your transportation allowance for going to work

Be organized - Try a budget planner in order to manage your finances effectively. If you get your budget intact and organized, stick to it. Never put your dollar on trivial things.

Stay away from unnecessary spending - Avoid shopping randomly or impulsive buying. Spend only on the things that are important to you. Oftentimes, unnecessary spending springs from boredom. Make yourself productive and you will forget about spending your money.

Unnecessary spending springs from boredom...Make yourself productive.

Invest on value - When at the mall, look around for some value in your shopping.Shop for the best price. Wait for  a sale if you need to purchase a major item that will cost you much money. This is quite time consuming and stressful but this will allow you to save money.