Most 20-somethings have a struggle with saving and planning their future. You feel you have so much to lose, by saving money. In reality, it is the other way around. You have so much to lose, if you don’t save and plan for your future. For those that are already planning for their future, congratulations. You are ahead of the crowd. You should be treating your personal finances, like a company manages their balance sheet. The key way to increasing your assets is by investing and saving. Also minimize your liabilities by limiting your use of debt and credit.
Here are key tips you can apply to managing your finances. If you learn and follow these steps now, you will have a strong financial future.
Determine where you are headed
The number one goal is to always set goals for yourself. If you are just sporadically saving money, whenever you feel it is convenient, then it is too easy to stop and no longer save money. Your goals will not be a perfect map, but you should be able to clearly define them and realistically achieve them. By being specific, the goal is more obtainable. Instead of simply saying you need to save more, you can say I want to add an extra $20 every paycheck.
Obtaining the Right Debt
It is important to know that debt should be your last resort. It is best to have a vision to never touch debt. In reality, you may enter situations that force you into acquiring debt. When this happens, it is best to acquire debt with the lowest interest. At same time, having finances that will grow in value over a period of time. This is called an appreciating asset. The best example is the mortgage for a home. Even taking out a loan for your business could be considered a good debt.