Why do you need a budget?
This week, I spoke to a former senior banker, and he gave me a little bit of advice on how to make your budget.
Here’s what he said.
Read your bank statement to see what the costs of your activities are 2.
Make sure you have enough money to cover any unexpected costs like a car crash or a hospital visit 3.
Get a real estate agent to help you with any debts you may have 4.
If you’re a young adult and planning to leave home soon, think about what kind of job you might have.
The salary might not be that much and you might find you’re getting paid more than a year’s salary.
Think about your job, too.
If your employer has an office or a conference room, you may need a lot of office space to work from.
Check to see if your employer pays overtime.
If so, find out what they have to pay you and make sure you’re paid for every hour you work 7.
If there are any unexpected expenses, consider getting your own travel insurance.
Ask your employer what they do to protect your retirement.
If they don’t have any benefits, make sure they’re covered by a retirement plan.
Look for job offers.
There are lots of job openings in finance, so it’s important to find out if your chosen career is worth pursuing.
Read about the financial services industry.
You’ll learn how to protect yourself from scams and frauds and what to look for in a company that offers financial services.
Read and follow all the relevant financial regulations.
Find out about the Fair Work Commission.
You may find that your employer doesn’t pay you enough to be exempt from its rules.
Take out your credit card and see if it’s possible to reduce your debt.
It may help to have a loan from a company with a lower interest rate, or you can borrow money from a bank that offers a low interest rate.
Check your credit score.
If it’s low, it may help you to qualify for a loan or to find a cheaper credit card.
If interest rates have gone up, look for other ways to pay your bills.
This can help you save money in the long run.
Keep your savings and credit cards in a safe place.
If a bank starts charging higher interest rates, keep your money in a savings account.
Ask friends, family and other people for advice.
This is a good time to ask friends, relatives and other members of your community for help.
Consider applying for a government loan.
You might need to repay some of your debts through government grants, loans or scholarships.
Check with your credit union for more advice on what to do with your savings.
Consider borrowing money to invest in the stock market or other financial instruments.
Try investing in a credit card or a personal savings account to protect you from losing money on your debts.
Learn about the tax laws.
You should be aware of the tax benefits of your investments.
You can get tax breaks if you use them for the purposes of your job or for other activities.
Talk to your local government.
Ask them to help reduce your debts if they’ve asked you for help, such as paying your mortgage or building a new home.