Part of the challenge over at ProBlogger is to write a list post. Today I will be showing you five easy ways to ruin your financial life!!!
- Don’t have an Emergency Fund
- Don’t pay your bills on time
- Don’t have a budget
- Don’t use online savings accounts
- Don’t use free services
If you follow the five tips listed above you are well on the way to making your financial life a nightmare in the future, especially with the state the economy is in right now.
Don’t have an Emergency Fund
If you do not have an emergency fund then when something happens you are left scrambling for money. You might end up putting things on credit cards that you are unable to pay off and this makes your money balance go out of sync.
Don’t pay your bills on time
Sure you can pay that electric bill on time…or you can ignore it for a few days. After all the reconnection fee is small right? Paying your bills late causes you to have late fees that really not necessary and could well be money saved.
Don’t have a budget
Budget schmudget! Budgets are for boring people who have no lives right. Actually, having a budget simply tells you where your money is going so that you can plan better. You might be surprised to find out that you are spending way more than you think when you track your money with a budget.
Don’t use online savings accounts
Online things are scary. I need to have a bank I can walk into and talk to people. None of this online banking for me!
Online banks usually tend to have higher savings interest rates so you can get more bang for your buck than at traditional brick and mortar banks.
Don’t use free services
Oh I have had this account since I was in college so why should I change it now?
If your local bank is charging you to write checks, get your balance and use the ATM then it is NOT your friend! Get a free checking account and save those fees. They add up over time.
If you really want to make a mess of your financial life then go ahead and follow the five tips listed above. You will be well on the way to mucking up your credit score and your bank balances by being careless with simple things that only take a little bit of time to work on.
However, if you can do the opposite of those things then you are setting a foundation for financial betterment as you will be able to manage your money and grow your wealth.