Are You Throwing Your Money Away?

Are You Throwing Your Money Away?
09 Jun 2020

Like it or not, there’s no denying that money is, and always will be, a huge part of everyone’s lives. As nice as it would be to imagine a world where no one ever had to worry about money, that’s just not the world that we live in. Because of that, money can be the source of a lot of anxiety for many people, and it’s often enough of a serious problem that it’s many people’s primary concern. Thinks made it all the more difficult when you end up having to spend money even when you don’t want to on essentials. Whether it’s the kind of regular outgoings that you have to deal with all of the time or some kind of emergency that forces you to spend money, these kinds of purchases can make your life incredibly difficult. But that’s not the way it has to be. Here are just a few things that can often have the most significant negative impact on your finances, and how you can go about making sure that they don’t drag you down.

Your car

The vast majority of people very likely wouldn’t be able to function on a day to day level without their car. It’s used to get to and from work, to go grocery shopping, to pick the kids up from school, and to make just about any other trip. If something goes wrong with your car, whether it’s an accident on the road or a malfunction with the car itself, it can throw your entire life into chaos. This is especially true if you end up needing a new car since then there’s a serious financial burden on top of that stress. If you find yourself in this kind of position, then the best thing you can do is to try and find some kind of finance option, so at least the cost of the car is spread out over time. You might also want to see if you can find the best possible deal. Head to a garage near you and see if you can negotiate a decent deal on a cheap car. Negotiating with car salesmen can be tough, but it’s a valuable skill to learn.

Regular household bills

The reality is that it’s often not the big, unexpected expenses that have the real impact on your finances. The truth is that the biggest financial burden on the shoulders of the vast majority of people is the stack of regular bills that they need to pay every single month. The most obvious of these would be rent or mortgage payments. If you’re in a position where you’re starting to find that your rent or mortgage payments are simply beyond what you can handle, why not consider downsizing and living somewhere a little cheaper? This can often be a difficult sacrifice to make but the truth is that it can make a huge difference to your overall financial health and quality of life. You also need to look at the other common bills that you have to deal with and ways that you can bring those down. Whether it’s through bundling your home and auto insurance, negotiating with the company through which you pay your utility bills, or trying to find a better deal on your broadband, there are always things you can do to bring your regular bills down. Even if it’s just by a little bit, that amount can add up surprisingly quickly and leave you feeling a lot more financially comfortable.

Household disasters

Your home should be the place where you feel safe and secure, and that allows you to escape from your worries about things like money. However, when some kind of disaster happens at home, it can pop that bubble in an instant. Whether it’s a fire, flood, broken appliance, or any other problems, having to deal with a household disaster can be incredibly expensive, not to mention stressful. The most important thing you can do is to make sure that you have the right insurance in place so that you’re not going to end up having to pay for everything outright. It also helps to know the details of some qualified professionals that you can trust. That way you can be sure that they can resolve any problems that you’re having without trying to rip you off. Household disasters can be extremely difficult to deal with since they feel as though they throw your entire life into total chaos, but being able to handle the financial side of things as carefully and as quickly as possible can make a huge difference. That way, you’re going to be able to avoid falling into the trap of letting everything completely overwhelm you. By dealing with the financial side of things then you’re going to be in a much better position to focus on everything else.

Careless spending

One of the things that a lot of people simply fail to realise is that it’s often not the big stuff that has the most significant impact on their bank balance. Sure, a large purchase or a sudden expense can be extremely scary and make a big difference, but for the vast majority of people, the real impact on their financial health is something that comes about much more slowly and often without them even realizing. Far too many of us simply aren’t fully aware of how much we’re spending and what we’re spending our money on. Think carefully about the ways that you spend your money. For a lot of people, a little purchase here or there really doesn’t make that much of a difference. After all, if something is very cheap, how much of an impact could it have? Well, the truth is that those little purchases add up a whole lot more quickly than most of us realize. After all, one thing might be cheap, but if you’re making little payments like that regularly, it really doesn’t take long for them to start piling up until you suddenly realize that you’re spending more money than you actually have. The best way to combat this is just to be aware. Every time you’re about to casually spend some money, think about how you’ve spent your money recently and if this really is as small a purchase as it seems. Not only that but it’s also a good idea to make sure that you’re paying as close attention as possible to your bank balance. After all, if you know how much money you actually have in your account, you’re going to be in a much better position to know whether or not you can afford any given expense.

Your credit score

One of the things that many of us have to come to terms with about the modern world is that it runs almost entirely on credit. Credit is the oil that greases the wheels of a huge number of different areas of the modern world. From buying a car to buying a house, without a decent credit score, you’re going to find a lot of things far more difficult than you would otherwise. The issue is that a lot of people just don’t know how they can best go about changing and improving their credit score. After all, a lot of people might assume that, as long as they’ve never gone into debt or defaulted on anything, their credit score will be perfect, right? Well, that’s not actually the case. You see, if you’ve never actually used any kind of credit at all, you’re not going to have any credit score in the first place. This means that, even if you’re extremely financially healthy, you may still have a significant barrier to a lot of things in life. The key to a good credit score is to make sure that you are paying off any debts exactly when you’re supposed to. If you want to give your credit score an instant boost, one of the best things that you can do is to have something like a credit card that you only use for certain small things like fuel or household groceries, and then pay off almost immediately. That way you can show that you’re able to pay off any credit right away.

Of course, there are almost always going to be unexpected purchases or expenses that you simply can’t avoid. The very best way to deal with them is to make sure that you’re as prepared as possible. This means that you should start putting money aside into a savings account in order to ensure that you’ve always got a financial safety net there whenever you need it. You might assume that you need a lot of money in order to start saving, but the reality is that as long as you have a little bit leftover at the end of each month, which most people do if they avoid spending too much, then you can start saving. It might not seem like, but that small amount of money can add up surprisingly quickly!

Cheers,
Big Daddy

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.

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