By this time, we’ve all seen the series on Netflix based on the book by Arse Ugwu and from the entirety of the show, there was one thing that was pretty obvious, which is that there are two kinds of people when it comes to personal finance.
Those who make mistakes for the rest of their lives.
Then there are people who have made mistakes but found their way to this article because you’ve seen the light.
Yes, everyone makes mistakes when it comes to personal finance at some point in their lives, but with the right intention and information, has what it takes to be better.
That being said, here are five mistakes you probably made and how to stop making them.
Having only a fair idea of how much you spend every month can be a risky game to play long term, especially if you earn monthly. When asked how much you spend, sure a few recurring bills come to mind, but when you go through your transactions, you’ll be surprised at where a substantial amount of your earnings might be going. To avoid these lapses in managing your money, it is important to draw up a detailed budget and stick to it.
SPENDING MORE THAN YOU EARN
A sudden or unexpected rise in your earnings might entice you to bolster your current lifestyle and sometimes set you on a path to “keep up with the Joneses”, and while it’s perfectly fine to splurge on yourself, it is important to consider the goals you set for the year. Perhaps you plan to buy a car or move into a new house, holding back could help you reach your goals faster. Remember, there’s satisfaction in delayed gratification.
LIVING ON LOANS
There’s nothing more unhealthy for your financial life than living off borrowed money. Make solid plans towards paying off all your loans and follow them to the T. One quick tip if you are juggling multiple interest loans is to treat them according to their interest rates from the highest to the lowest.
It shouldn’t be heard in 2022 that you earn money without setting aside funds for emergencies or unforeseen circumstances like job loss, or an illness. Finding last-minute tickets to a live concert is not an emergency, this money should exist to protect you from crippling debt in unplanned situations, so keep this in mind while putting this money away.
FALTERING ON REGULAR SAVINGS
Developing a regular savings culture is the first step towards better money management skills. These days, regular savings are easily accessible on ALAT. You can join our daily savings challenge and see if you could be among those who save up to N500k by the end of the year.
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