Personal Finance Education Can Prevent Serious Money Mistakes

In times where the economy is constantly fluctuating and debts are at an all-time high, it is important for people to learn to manage their money. Some do not know where to turn to gain knowledge of how to spend wisely. Luckily, this day and age also comes with the Internet. Online sites allow you to take advantage of personal finance education to get you on your way to managing your money the right way.

The first step to learning about your finances is to figure out what you need to know. It is typically best for everyone to research the general tips for money management, but going farther than this broad topic will help even more. If you struggle to pay off your credit card debt, or you want to finance a new car, then use these ideas to decide what to search online.

There are many online sites dedicated to helping people with their money management. Personal finance education varies between sites; however, most contain the same general information. The first thing that they suggest about dealing with your finances is to create a budget. To have your own personal budget with your expenses all accounted for will allow you to know the amount of extra money you actually have to work with. Secondly, they suggest that if you haven’t already, you should start a savings account. Then, when you are making your budget, you should include how much you will place in your savings. Once you have done these things, the final thing to do with your budget is to make realistic goals and maintain them. With these few things, you will already be on your way to a better financial status.

After you have a plan with your money, it is important to know where you stand with your credit score. Any loan or credit card companies will give you your rates based off of this score. It is important to keep track of this score so that you will not end up paying outrageous interest rates.

Once you have a budget and know what sort of credit score you are working with, you will be headed down the right path for your personal finances. If you know these two things, and you are saving money, you will already have a better handle on your finances. Then, when you need to know about a specific loan, such as a car loan, you will be armed with the knowledge of how much money, based off of your budget, that you have to spend, and the credit score that the company will be using to determine your loans.

Ashley Russell

Ashley Russell

Ashley Russell is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is double majoring in Journalism and English with a minor in Information Systems. After she graduates in the spring of 2013, she hopes to continue to work for the UNC system. Her ultimate goal is to become a book editor. She recently worked as an intern at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education in Raleigh, North Carolina, researching and writing articles, as well as building two new websites for college applicants and alumni. She now works for the Medical Foundation of North Carolina as an office assistant and web designer. She opens the office every morning and takes care of the daily tasks and scheduling. She also uses her down time at work to create fundraising web pages that benefit the hospitals in the UNC-Chapel Hill area.

Ashley Russell is a North Carolina native, hailing from Kings Mountain. She is a diehard Carolina fan who loves to watch her team play in any sport—a Tar Heel born and bred. She loves to read and write in her free time. Since high school, she has known she wanted to pursue a career that involved both reading and writing. However, she has recently discovered a love for computers, so she also hopes to incorporate them into her career. She spends her free time tutoring k-5 students in reading and writing in the Chapel Hill area. She is a second-year captain of a Relay for Life team and a participant in Dance Marathon 2011. She is also the online webmaster for the Blue & White magazine based out of Chapel Hill.
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