4 Financial Lessons to Set You Up For Success in 2022
You’ve most likely heard the phrase “work smart, not hard.” The idea behind the phrase is that you need a strategy to excel in life. You can apply that same principle to your finances. Achieving financial stability is the first step in a strategy towards financial success.
Regardless of what your financial goals are––travel, retirement, college fund, purchase of a home––you’re going to need to establish smart behavior patterns when it comes to stretching your dollars. The road to financial stability could begin with something as simple as halting impulse buying or building an emergency fund.
Here are four financial lessons to help set your strategy in the new year.
1. Strive to Save
Asking for a raise at work is a logical way to improve your financial situation, but building savings can also keep you from money woes. It doesn’t matter if you plan to keep your savings for an emergency situation or use it to make a large purchase. The important thing is that you’re setting a pattern of avoiding debt.
Having some financial cushioning gives you more chances to take advantage of investment opportunities and help others through charitable giving. Not to mention, the peace of mind that comes from having cash in savings can help reduce stress, which is known to lead to impulse buying.
2. Reduce Debt
Another way to take charge of your finances is by paying extra towards credit card debt or transferring credit card debt to a no-interest account. If you have outstanding accounts, like medical bills, often the account holder will negotiate a settlement to get the bill paid. Another cost savings tip – do a little research to make sure you’re getting the best rates on auto and home insurance.
3. Prioritize Spending
Activities like eating out and traveling are important. But maybe even more important than leisure is buying that new set of tires. Try to prioritize your spending by putting essentials first. That means bills, medical procedures, and car and home maintenance get handled before making those less essential purchases.
Preemptively making essential purchases that you know are looming can put you in control of your spending. Unfortunately, when you make emergency purchases unexpectedly, you rarely have time to shop around for the best deal, which often means paying more out of pocket.
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4. Consider Sustainability
Cutting back on shopping and waste is another approach that can contribute to achieving financial freedom. When you choose to purchase reusable items rather than disposable ones, you save money in the long run. Consider switching out those cases of bottled water for a filtered water pitcher. Even items like paper towels and wet wipes aren’t essential when you have towels and washcloths on hand.
And shopping at consignment stores for clothing and furniture saves you from paying the mark-up value at big box stores. Even manufacturers are enjoying the financial benefits of adopting environmentally-friendly practices.
With a little planning and serious commitment, implementing a few simple practices can set you on the road to financial success. If finding a job is at the top of your list, talk to the staffing services specialists of Star Staffing! Visit our contact page today to learn about how our job placement services can help you.
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