Getting your family’s financial picture under control can have life changing effects. It can help to alleviate stress, make daily living more fun, and provide long term security, too. Taking the steps to get your finances under control can be a confusing process. In this article, we will discuss some tried and true tips that can get you on the right track.
Re-check your tax withholding allowances every year. There are many change of life events that can effect these. Some examples are getting married, getting divorced, or having children. By checking them yearly you will make sure you’re declaring correctly so that too much or too little money is not withheld from your paychecks.
Find out if you will get a discount for making your payments automatically. Many times if you mail your payment you will be charged as much as $5.00 per month. You may find that there is a nice discount for you if you set up an automatic payment through your checking account or credit card.
When you invest in a house there are several new things that you need to know regarding your taxes. You are going to find that you are now eligible for some deductions that you were never eligible for in the past. You can deduct the interest on your mortgage and your property taxes for example.
Most property rentals, may they be apartment complexes or houses, do provide you with a mailbox. However, some places only allow a certain amount of mail that you are allowed to receive that fits within a small box. Other places have a high rate of stolen packages. It may sometimes be in your best interest to rent a postal box elsewhere. This can incur some pretty hefty yearly costs. Make sure you weigh the pros and cons, including mail, when you are signing a lease.
Pay down your most expensive debt first. For many consumers, the best way to earn a return on their money is to cut down credit card debt. Even if you could be lucky enough to earn five percent in a CD, your money is better spent paying off that maxed credit card that charges you 14.99 percent.
Keep up with highly important documents like birth and death certificates, previous tax records, insurance policies, and wills by using a scanner to scan them to your computer system. Next, burn the images onto a single CD-R disc that can be easily accessed for your reference. This makes it more convenient to track down critical information in a snap.
One of the best ways to stretch your budget is to stop smoking cigarettes. Who can afford to pay almost the equivalent of the minimum hourly wage for a pack of cigarettes that you will go through in less than day? Save that money! Stop smoking and you’ll save even more money in long term health expenses!
Sometimes one form of a good is just as good but cheaper than another. Frozen vegetables are often a great example; frozen green beans are just as crisp and tasty as fresh green beans, and often more nutritious due to nutrient degradation after travel time, but cost half as much or less, especially during the winter.
Your family should have a strong financial picture if you want to be in control of your life. Getting your finances under control has a trickle down effect on every area of your life. As we have discussed in this article, getting started can feel confusing, but it doesn’t have to. If you follow the simple steps discussed here, your financial forecast will improve and your life will, too.