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How to Make the Most Out of Your Finances This Year

January 11, 2019 Financial No Comments Email Email

In case managing your finances in the past year was not a success, chances are that you will need to make some changes to get more for your investment and be prepared for financial emergencies. 

There are several areas you should start paying attention to in order to make your money stretch further and take you to where you want to be long term. Below you will find a list of a few to get started.

Improve Your Career Prospects

Many of us believe that we are stuck in a dead end job and there is no way up. This means that we will have to out up with a salary that is growing at a lower rate than the inflation. If you want to change your future, it is important that you become committed to your long term life goals. Make sure that you research opportunities and invest in your education to improve your career prospects. If you decide to study part time, you can also save money with salary packaging until you get that promotion.

Do Your Research

Whenever you are making a larger purchase or a financial decision, it is important that you research the different products and offers available there. When trying to get on the property ladder, you will have to take into consideration the flexibility of the deal, the customer service, and the costs of getting your mortgage. When financing the car, focus on building your assets and try avoiding hire purchase if you know that you cannot afford the balloon payment.

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Educate Yourself

When it comes to making good financial decisions, you will have to learn as much as you can. There are some free courses online that will give you an overview of the different products and how they work, when you should use them, and how they can help you achieve your long term goals, as well as the associated risks.

Get a Saving Plan

Saving up for big purchases instead of getting yourself into debt is a promise you should make yourself this year. Whether it is the cost of moving house, a new car, or a holiday, you don’t want to end up paying for it in the next couple of years. Instead, look through your budget and find a way to reduce your outgoings by switching deals and possibly setting up a new stream of income.

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Refinance

You should also think about comparing different financial deals to see if you can save money. Just because you have been with your mortgage provider for decades, you cannot be sure that they are offering the best rates possible. Get a fixed rate financial deal to make it easier to budget every month and have the security and stability you need.

If you want to improve your finances, you will have to make some important changes in your attitude and your budgeting process. Follow the above tips and you will be on the road to financial freedom.

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