I'm committed my life and career to connecting people, knowledge and resources needed to be financially successful.
Once people get money, I've noticed it's easily squandered.
People find it hard to manage their finances and often make spending decisions without thinking them through.
I've also observed how some proper planning and financial habits can change people's lives.
By being resourceful, you can use your money better and get more out it.
I've put together a list of my top tips for getting better with money.
Follow this simple guide and you'll start noticing your bank account growing.
Have a budget.
For me, this is the most important tip I can share. Creating a budget is like making a business plan for your life.
Figure out exactly how much income you have after taxes each month.
Then identify all your regular bills and unavoidable expenses like rent, your cell phone bill, etc. Call this your essentials.
It should take up about 50% of your total income.
Finally, make targets for how your disposable income (everything other than your essentials and financial goals, like paying off debt and/or savings) will be spent each month.
This disposable amount should equal to about 30% of your monthly income.
Finally, take the remaining 20% and put it towards paying off your debt, your emergency fund, or savings accounts.
I know it sounds overwhelming but it really is not—and I've got some great tips for stress-free budgeting.
Stick to the budget.undefined
Track your spending.
There are lots of smartphone apps for tracking expenses.
Check the apps each month for everything you spend on, so you can compare it to your budget.
You might be surprised where you overspend and discover ways to keep it in check.
Shop around for the best prices.
If you're making a purchase, look it up online and compare prices.
There could be discounts or coupons available.
Save for big purchases instead of buying them on credit.
This accomplishes two things. First, you have more time to shop around and find a great price.
Second, you have time to consider whether you actually really need to buy it or not.
Don't use credit cards for stuff you can't afford.
Follow the 30-day rule, where you wait 30 days before you buy a big ticket item.
Going into debt for stuff you don't need is not worth it.
Save money regularly.
Set up a savings account. Transfer a set amount of money over from your checking account monthly and don't touch it.
20% of your income is a good savings target, but really, ANY amount is better than going into debt.
Don't just save. Have a savings goal.
It's easier to get motivated to save if there is a milestone to reach. Having three months' salary put aside—as an emergency fund—is a great first savings goal.
Invest your savings.
As the savings account grows, start making regular contributions to an IRA (Individual Retirement Account).
Making a budget is important, but it's useless if you don't follow it.
Make your spending decisions based on the budget.
Live a little! Set a limit for unbudgeted spending, and have fun with that set amount.
You won't be taxed on income you contribute to an IRA until you retire and cash it in.
Get better with money starting today
Read over my simple guide for getting better with money a few times.
If some tips stand out for you, you can start to apply them today by following a few steps.
Pick one tip and apply it today. The following week, try another.
Measure your success.
Try to keep track of savings you've made by applying the tips.
Give yourself a treat when you reach a savings milestone or make a money-saving decision.
It takes discipline to make these changes and you should be proud of yourself.
How do you handle money?
Do you have any tips that are worth sharing?
Let everyone know in the comments below!