Personal Finance for Beginners

Ok, so this is just a skeleton of a personal finance advice for married or single, not necessarily in order.

1. Having a written estimate. I do not care if you think you have your budget in the head, no! Write it down. Figure all your bills as best you can and how often are paid and writes on a sheet of paper, napkins, behind your forehead that you can read the mirror – what works.

2. Have an emergency fund. At least $ 1000. No additional debt to pay (another tip of base) until it has been registered and is in a place where you go, but not easy too. This will allow you to pay for emergencies that arise and not have to use a credit card (cut and used as guitar picks).

3. Speaking of credit cards, cut them and use them as picks, small coasters, ice scrapers, etc. DO NOT use credit cards. I do work in the field of bankruptcy as a paralegal, and it is amazing to see how many people have debt because of credit cards.

4. Give you and your spouse some money (not a theoretical amount that you can use your debit card) each month. Yes, you have the money to spend each month on what you want, but when the money is gone, disappeared and it was not until next month to spend. Surprisingly, you may now be in a bit longer than if you used a debit because it is harder to spend cash than using a debit card.

5. Pay your debt snowball,the idea is to pay minimum balance of your debts except the smallest. This applies as much to reimburse FAST. It really gives a psychological boost when you get to start paying the debt and help you to a snowball neighbor who gives some success and dynamism. Get the idea?

6. Giving people in need. As a Christian, I certainly see the biblical basis for giving to the poor (tenth). This is perhaps the most important part of you personal finances. Remember, we have what we have from the hand of God, we need to obey Him in tithing.