It’s been a whirlwind of a year so far, and it is really important to be proactive as soon as possible to try to enhance your life in the future. Come up with great ways to make better financial decisions and secure your family’s future. Financial worries often get the better of us all, and especially since the global pandemic hit many bank balances hard. Making changes in order to boss your finances is one of the best steps you can take for the future.
Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a lecture about how you spend too much on takeaways, or how you didn’t really need that pair of shoes, even though they were on offer! Instead, we’re going to focus on some simple yet effective tips to help you take charge of your finances, increase your income, and generally make your money stretch that bit further.
Start a Blog
Blogging could actually be more lucrative than you might think! Of course, most people who start blogs don’t do it to get rich, they do it because they have something to say. But, there is no reason why this can’t incorporate both for you, and that’s pretty exciting. A successful blog will be one that broaches interesting topics in unique ways, regularly updates, and has a strong following. In order to start making money from your blog you will need to look into monetising and try to implement this process as much as possible. Things like blogger outreach and affiliate links are among the most effective ways of monetising the blog, and these are what you should aim for.
Sell Your Unwanted Items
We’ve all got clutter lying around the house of collecting dust in the loft, and it could be time to wave goodbye to it. If you haven’t used something, or had reason to use it, in a few years then there’s a good bet you can probably flog it! Selling your unwanted items on sites like eBay is a wonderful way of embracing minimalism whilst also making some extra money on the side as well. Having a clear out can do wonders for helping you gain a fresh perspective on life, and your bank balance will thank you for it!
Put Money Away
Look, let’s be honest here, for most of us, the hardest part about being financially savvy is being able to save money. For many people, money is spent before we’ve even got it, and the cost of living has increased in recent years. So any techniques you can implement to help you make better savings are going to help enormously. Trying to save a specific amount each month is a good place to start, and cutting back on the non-essentials in your life can go a long way towards helping you free up some cash to start banking!
Reassess Your Finances
Taking stock of your financial situation should be the first port of call if you have any worries or concerns. By doing this, you are able to see the state of your financial health, as well as plan future moves that will help you and the family to be more financially comfortable. Budgeting is a key part of this, and, as laborious as it is, it can be a lifesaver when typing to figure out incomings and outgoings. Make a decision about the financial steps you’re going to take for the future, whether it be considering Buddy Loans or switching energy suppliers, there are plenty of moves you can make that will help you get better control of your finances right now. Reassessing the family finances is so important for helping you gain financial clarity and stability today.
Use Government Support
We are highly fortunate that in a time of such economic turmoil many of us have government aid to help ensure we still have money coming into the home. You need to make inquiries to find out what you (and your family) might be entitled to at this time. There is the government furlough scheme for employed people, which you should speak to your employer about, which the self-employed can make use of SEISS grants. These are expected to be extended by the Chancellor for a while longer, so please ensure you do your research to see if you are able to make claims and get support. It is important to ensure you have enough cash coming in that you can keep up mortgage payments and put food on the table. So try to take advantage of government aid as much as possible where you can.
Become a Super Scrimper!
Becoming a super scrimper is a pretty amazing way of saving and reducing expenditure! And it’s also something that can be done with just a few tweaks. Look, we aren’t suggesting using £100 worth of coupons and standing at a checkout while every single one is scanned. But there are a lot of things you can do to cut down on your outgoings each month. Stuff like reducing your phone bill and energy bills can be done with a couple of phone calls. Do you need the TV package you have, or can you reduce it? Try to make home cooking a more fun and exciting experience so you spend less time and money eating out. Shopping the sales and only buying essential items would be a simple approach to take when it comes to trying to scrimp and save.
As you can see, there are a lot of ideas that you can use that are going to help you improve your financial situation. The more tips and techniques you can implement, the easier it will be for you to curb your spending habits and save more. This will become second nature to you over time, but it’s certainly going to be tough to achieve when you first start out, and this is the point of these tips! You need to try to make the right financial decisions for your family’s future, and this means being proactive with your money, starting right now!