Manage your finances How to improve your finances: 4 helpful tips

Do you want to discover how to make better financial decisions? Knowing how to manage your money is a learnable skill. It can help you reach your financial goals and bring you peace of mind. It’s never too late to start learning about money!

1. Get to know your financial personality

At the heart of good money management is knowing your financial personality type. For example, do you consider yourself a risk-taker or are you maybe more risk-averse? Do you prefer careful planning or do you buy spontaneously, on the spur of the moment? Moreover, do you sometimes experience the social pressure of feeling the need to buy things that your friends have?

As you can see, many outer and inner pressures can affect our behaviour. Understanding these factors can help you make more well-reasoned and conscious spending decisions.

2. Plan and budget for your future

Financial planning is a key to money management. It allows you to aim for your dreams, achieve your goals and manage your everyday spending. Financial planning starts with goal setting: What is it that you want to achieve and when? It’s an ongoing process that often requires adjusting and refining as life can take many twists and turns.

One great way to plan your finances is budgeting. Budgeting allows you to see more accurately where you spend your money and how much income you have available. It also helps you to figure out how to reach your goals.

3. Start saving if possible

Another essential part of financial planning is long term thinking. It often involves resisting the quite natural desire to spend money now rather than someday in the future.

A good example of long term thinking is saving. By saving you can create a financial safety net for yourself and finance the things you need in life.

Why not put a certain amount every month into savings before you pay any other bills?

Also, you can start saving even with little money. The longer your money grows, the more money you will have available in the future.

4. Know the difference between good and bad debt

It’s said that debt is like fire. When used right it can be a useful tool but when used wrong, it burns. Therefore, when taking out a loan, the key is to know how to borrow smartly and to understand how interest accumulates over time.

You know you’re dealing with ‘bad debt’ when borrowing causes you financial trouble. This includes expensive forms of borrowing such as consumer credit or payday loans that may do little to improve your financial situation.

‘Good debt’, on the other hand, refers to money that can help you reach a goal and increase wealth over time, such as student loans, mortgages, or business loans.

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