National Debt-free Day – how to manage your budget wisely?

Managing your own budget is a big challenge, requiring sound planning and predicting the future. Despite the meticulous calculation of the home budget, however, there are often unplanned expenses that can disturb the financial balance. Fortunately, there are loans that can be a salvation in the most difficult situations.

However, how to make such problems appear as rarely as possible? What to do to avoid falling into a dangerous debt spiral? November 17 is National Debt-free Day, we suggest how to manage your finances wisely and how to use the financial support of loan companies responsibly.

A day without debts – how to plan your budget wisely?

A day without debts - how to plan your budget wisely?

Meticulous budget planning requires a thorough understanding of your current financial situation. Therefore, it is worth collecting all bills or writing down expenses incurred – at least rounded – to determine the monthly costs associated with fees, purchase of food, fuel, clothes and other necessary things. Collecting this data in the form of a table or graph is a proven way to help you realize how much money we need per month. It also allows you to assess whether all our expenses are really necessary.

Writing down your expenses has the additional advantage that in the next month we will not miss the bill payment deadlines, which in turn will avoid unpleasant reminders to pay and interest generating additional costs.

It is no secret that the household budget is more predictable and easier to determine if we have fixed income every month, for example, related to receiving a fixed and unchanged salary. This situation is conducive to a sense of financial stability and, with proper budgeting, becomes less stressful.

In addition, some of the larger expenses that we intend to incur in the future are also worth planning in advance in your budget. Expenses such as going on vacation, organizing holidays or the wedding of friends can be a painful one-time for the wallet. However, making even small savings during the year makes it much easier to spend more money later.

To ensure peace and financial liquidity

Savings, or how to protect yourself against unplanned expenses

To ensure peace and financial liquidity in difficult moments in life, it is worth having savings. Of course, this is not a simple task, when we regularly have to pay bills, buy food and refuel the car, not to mention other expenses. It is worth starting to save even from small amounts of 50-100 zlotys. Over time, we will almost imperceptibly create collateral that can provide significant support in the absence of funds in your account. Economists recommend that you have at least six times your monthly expenses. At first glance, this seems quite difficult to implement. However, consistent deposit of even small amounts will make it happen after some time.

It is good practice to set a fixed amount which, regardless of expenses in a given month, will be directed to the savings account.

Home budget – how to manage it effectively?

Contrary to appearances, keeping a household budget does not have to be difficult or complicated. Virtually all of us are able to perform basic calculations that will help in effective cash management. Learn how to manage your home budget.

When to get a loan?

When to get a loan?

Planning your own finances is not an easy task, as convinced by people who, due to unplanned expenses, were left without the proverbial penny to their soul. In such situations, loans may be the solution. However, you must use them with caution.

So what is worth remembering when deciding to take out a bank or non-bank loan?

  • Carefully read the provisions contained in the contract
  • Provide only the personal information needed to get a loan
  • Familiarize yourself with the interest rate and other charges related to the loan
  • See the loan repayment schedule
  • Avoid unknown companies offering easy money without formalities

After verifying all of the above conditions, you can decide to sign a loan agreement. If you decide to take out a home loan, you will fill out and sign the documents at home, which will further protect your personal data. If the loan amount is relatively small, you will also miss many complicated formalities and the money will be in your hands the same or the next day.

Remember that getting a loan does not release you from the obligation to plan your expenses. From the moment you commit, you must also include funds in your budget to pay back installments. Not paying them on time leads to the start of the debt collection process, and even meeting with the bailiff and losing part of your property. So before you go on shopping, think better about your needs.

Allan Cayetano

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