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3 Tips To Make Better Financial Decisions

By Natalie Wilson

Throughout our lives, we will come across many situations which require considered or large financial decisions to be made. Many people think that it is these situations alone, such as buying a house, getting married or starting a business which require the ability to make good decisions, but actually, being able to make good financial decisions comes from the everyday things you spend money on.

Most financial decisions you are faced with in life will be relatively straightforward to make, but it's worth learning more about your financial situation so that you're more confident when these times come. It also helps you to be more confident with your money and helps you to avoid making bad financial decisions which could impact your future. Let's take a look at 3 tips which can help you to make better financial decisions.

Always Know Your Financial Situation

Some of the best decisions you can make come from a position of strength and knowledge. It's important to have all the information you need, rather than consistently relying on guesswork, which can play a big role in helping you make the right decisions when they are needed. One of the best places you can start is by keeping regular tabs on your financial situation and knowing what money is coming out and when. Knowing where your money is and where it's planned to go can help you have a better idea of what financial decisions will have an impact on your current situation.

As well as this, it's always important to know your priorities. For example, you might have a scheduled payment due to go out on the same day you have plans with friends. If you know that you can't afford both, then knowing when you should make priority decisions can help protect you financially.

Budgeting Is An Essential

Budgeting is one of the many financial terms which, over time, has become a bit of a dreaded word for those looking to better protect their finances. But, it is something which is tried and tested in being essential when it comes to looking after your finances and ultimately helping you to make better decisions. With budgeting, it's all about you taking control and telling your money what you want it to do and there are some key things to remember:

Every Month Is Different

There are some months when you will have to budget for things such as holidays, house repairs or MOTs, so it's important to keep in mind that every month is different, so your budget will need to be flexible to work. What works for one month might not work for another.

Budget Your Way Down To Zero

Before the month even starts, have a plan for every single that you get paid. This is known as a zero-based budget, but it doesn't mean that you will have £0 in your bank - it simply means that you don't spend any money by accident or have money left over at the end of the month which you end up wasting. This way, you know where all of your money is allocated and aren't surprised by any payments you need to make.

Start With The Most Important Categories First

Once you receive your monthly pay, start with the most important categories first when budgeting your finances. Food, utilities, shelter and transport. Once these necessities are taken care of, then you can budget the rest of your money to the categories you see as appropriate.

Regularly Review, Monitor and Adjust Your Finances

A lot of people put off reviewing and adjusting their finances, but it is important to schedule regular checkups on your bank accounts. A lot of people only tend to review their accounts when something is wrong, or when they are suffering financially, but once a year is regular enough to be checking and reviewing your outgoings and savings accounts.

If you feel as though there are any areas of your finances which need more work or attention, then you can take the time to look into the best options by regularly checking through everything, rather than spotting issues or errors and then panicking because you've only just noticed. You can instead take a calm and collected approach and get everything in line.

If you find that you are struggling with money, then there are plenty of resources available to help you plan and better manage your finances. Whether you just need advice on budgeting, have got yourself into debt that you are struggling to get out of or would just like to speak to a financial debt advisor, then there are many different options online. Alternatively, you can always arrange a call with your bank to discuss your options.


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