Manage finances is not easy. Even though we have received a salary or income, sometimes it is still difficult to make the money we have continue to grow. Especially if we get the same income but the expenses are getting bigger every month.
The bad habit of us is that we tend to waste money at the beginning and skimp on the last dates. If it continues like that, maybe there won’t be a chance for us to be able to save. To avoid these things, we need planning in managing finances. Here are tips on managing your finances so that your savings continue to grow.
1. Record income and expenses
Often we don’t care about our receipts and expenditure records. Even sometimes at the end of the month we are confused where our money “goes”. By recording income and expenses, we can more easily track our monthly finances. This can be done with simple bookkeeping in small notes. Currently, there are also many applications on devices that can accommodate and simplify financial recording.
Record your income for one month, then make expenses. Make a list of expenses and targets for each of these expenditure items regularly every month. That way we can see posts that exceed the target and can be our alarm in spending money. This will make it easier to manage our finances.
2. Pay attention to the little things
Don’t take the little things for granted. We usually take the small expenses we make for granted, like spending on our morning coffee, or afternoon snack for example. Most people are very careful and tend to think carefully about buying expensive things, but lack control over spending on small things. So be more careful when spending, especially for small things.
3. Don’t shop for prestige
Currently branded goods are very popular. Usually we buy it to fulfill prestige and follow the lifestyle. It would be better if we could use it to increase savings and buy things we really need. Not because it’s a trend let alone because of prestige. It should be realized that the development of trends and prestige will never end if we continue to follow them.
4. Prioritize needs
Make a priority list of needs from the most important to the least important. Start from the very urgent ones to those that can still be postponed to be fulfilled. By making a priority scale we can more easily manage expenses. In addition, we can also learn to be more efficient and organized.
5. Set future targets
One effective way to manage finances is to set targets for the future. By setting a target, it means we are also ready to start and carry it out.