How to Be Financially Savvy

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Personal financial concerns fall across a wide variety of responsibilities, ranging from basic accounting and budgeting, to long-term planning. Ironically, as you reconcile these matters, your financial health often relies on your success administering money matters with which you have little or no experience.  In practice, this leaves you vulnerable to monetary missteps, which can have lasting consequences.  Fortunately, a strong commitment to financial understanding protects your interests – even in the face of economic adversity.

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Whether or not you are actively tuned to financial matters, you are exposed to money concerns early in life.  Your financial education ramps-up as adulthood nears and if you are like most people, you ultimately achieve financial independence and bear the full weight of your personal financial decisions.  As you face adult concerns, your parents’ financial behavior serves as a model, guiding your early decisions about money.  But is this primary introduction enough to carry you through your financial life?  While these early lessons may be a good start, success managing money calls for an ongoing commitment to financial understanding.  In fact, the more you know about economics and principles of personal finance, the better your chances for finding financial success.

Informed Decision-Making Keeps Costs in Line

Financial savvy builds over time, as personal money managers face new challenges, sometimes navigating unfamiliar territory.  Each experience reinforces understanding, preparing individuals for subsequent monetary trials.  To ensure consistent, positive outcomes in your own finances, consider the following steps you can take to build and reinforce your financial I.Q.

Follow Economic Trends

Although your immediate financial concerns are closer to home, the world around you influences nearly every aspect of your finances.  Global and domestic economic conditions weigh heavily on salaries, cost of living, performance of investments and other important financial aspects – each shaping your financial life.  By staying abreast of the general state of economic affairs, you are better informed to make prudent decisions with your own money.

While it is always important to maintain awareness about economic matters, staying informed can actually save you money.   In the real estate market, for example, home prices respond to prevailing conditions across the economy.  Would-be home-owners benefit financially when buying under favorable conditions.  A “buyer’s market” yields lower prices than a “seller’s market“, but unless you keep-up with trends, you may not enter the marketplace when it’s most affordable.  Similarly, home-sellers gain a financial advantage by selling when the supply of homes struggles to keep up with the demand.

The state of the economy also comes to bear on employment prospects, adding further incentive to protect your financial interests.

Control Your Cost of Credit

Healthy credit conditions are an essential feature of stable personal finances, so learning to effectively manage your cost of credit represents an important lesson.  Tracking the economy will keep you up to speed on interest rate trends, furnishing vital information you can use to keep your credit costs as low as possible.  But it is also important to utilize the correct types of credit when you borrow, ensuring affordable payback.  From conventional instalment financing to guarantor loans, consulting online resources enables you to evaluate options from multiple lenders, giving you the information needed to save money.

If your credit costs are out of balance due to high-interest debt; it may be possible for you to reduce your monthly obligations.  Under some circumstances, refinancing or consolidating your debt gives you the opportunity to restructure repayment, under more affordable terms.

Your commitment to financial understanding provides a foundation for prudent decision-making.  Without it, it is easy to leave money on the table, overpaying for access to credit and consumer purchases.  On the other hand, by staying tuned-in to economics and ever-expanding your financial savvy, you’ll make the most of your financial resources.

 

Stacy Barr
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Stacy Barr

Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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