There are few things connected with finances that can be considered easy, but you’d like to think that once you had made a more focused effort to get things under control, it would get easier. This is not always the case. While you might have taken steps to reduce the amount of cash you’re spending on coffee, or you’ve transferred your debt to a more manageable payment, you could still find that your financial goals are still some way off in the distance. In this scenario, it’s probably because you’ve got something else in your life that’s dragging your finances down. We take a look at a few possible reasons for this below.
You Don’t Know How Much You’re Paying
It’s all good and well saying “I’m not going to eat out this week”; indeed, it should be celebrated – you’ll save a lot of money this way. But it won’t instantly make your finances look picture perfect, because that’s only one aspect of your heavy expenses. The others might be a long list of direct debits that you’ve vaguely aware of but never think much about, including your Netflix, charitable, and other monthly payments. They can all come out at once, too, turning a fine looking bank balance into a disaster.
You’re Blowing Cash In One Go
It’s impressive to cut your expenses to such an extent where you begin to feel the difference when it comes to your financial security. It makes no sense at all to cut your expenses only to then blow all the money you’ve accumulated on one big blowout, such as Christmas. If you’re going to live a budget conscious lifestyle, then you can’t take a break from it whenever something fun is on the table. You’ll only regret it later on.
Paying Too Much Interest
Some people are satisfied if they can make the minimum payment on their credit card balance. They shouldn’t be. If you have a lot of debt, then the bulk of what you’re paying will be on interest, which means all your doing is paying the bank for the privilege of having debt. Not good. Look at transferring the balance to a card with a more variable rate. To qualify for the best interest rates, you need to know what is a good credit score, and make sure that yours is around that figure. Indeed, working on improving your credit score is one of the best financial decisions you can make.
At some point, it might be necessary to understand that it’s not that your financial situation needs tweaking in order work properly, but that the lifestyle you’re trying to live is too far removed from your reality. You can’t have everything in this life – it could be that you need to scale down your quality of life significantly in order to get your cash situation in order. Beware of going the other way too, and being too ambitious – it’s a long-term strategy, not something you can fix overnight.