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Setting A Realistic Budget

When I decided to budget a little more carefully, I had no idea how difficult it would be. Fortunately, I was able to talk with a few financial advisors who were able to point me in the right direction. One of the best pieces of advice I received was about setting a realistic budget. I learned how to effectively manage my money, so that I didn't have to worry about paying my bills or letting my accounts overdraft. This blog is designed to help people like me who have previously struggled with money. Check out these articles for financial advice that might help you to set a realistic budget.

Setting A Realistic Budget

How To Manage Your Credit Cards In College

by Leo Austin

Before you go off to college, you or your parents might make sure that you have a credit card to take with you in order to build credit and ensure that, when you emerge from college in four years, that you will be able to get any loan that you need and sign for your own apartment or anything else that requires a deposit and a credit check. However, credit cards can easily get out of hand because it seems like they are a way to spend money painlessly, at least until the bill comes. Here are some ways to make sure that you keep your credit spending in check while in college in order to avoid building any debt.

1. Use the Credit Card for a Specific Set of Items and Nothing Else

One easy way to keep track of what you are putting on your credit card is to only use it to purchase specific items. For example, if you have a car on campus, commit to only using your credit card to purchase gas and your debit card or cash for everything else. Doing this will allow you to easily keep track of how much you are spending because you are going to remember when you get gas. It will also reduce the amount of money that you spend overall on your credit card.

2. Write Down Everything You Purchase on Your Credit Card

Keep a notebook in your backpack or car that you can use to write down everything that you put on your credit card, as well as the total that was added to your card. Having a credit card makes spending money very easy because it's painless. It doesn't feel like you're losing anything because it doesn't feel like the money is real, unlike when you hand over your hard-earned cash. Writing down everything that you spend by putting it on a card can help you keep track of your spending habits and make the money spent on the card much more real.

3. Pay With Every Paycheck

Finally, if you get paid twice a month, pay part of your bill twice a month. Try to pay off the entire credit card bill that you've accumulated up until the point when you get paid and then pay anything else that you add onto the card later onto your second paycheck. This helps ensure that you never spend your entire paycheck on a credit card bill and always have money for food and other items. 

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in providing credit to younger consumers.