The Importance of Financial Literacy and How It Affects Your Life

A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. Many people don’t respect it’s importance, but Financial Literacy can be the difference between a good quality of life, or a life of struggle. The following guest post is entitled, The Importance of Financial Literacy and How It Affects Your Life.

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It’s not easy to learn how to manage your money properly. However, if you want to become wealthy in the future, you need to know the importance of financial management and begin integrating techniques into your daily lifestyle.

There’s a huge difference between earning a huge amount and being rich. Some people may make a decent amount of money every month but not manage their earnings very well. As a result, they tend to spend their money on wasteful expenses or useless purposes. They develop a habit of earning and letting the money go without saving or investing some of it.

Meanwhile, wealthy people often have peace of mind knowing they can live comfortably. They can finance their expenses for the following months, and they have a stable income to rely on. Often, these are the people with multiple investments and savings in the bank.

Learning financial management involves developing practices and habits that will help you accumulate security and wealth in the long run. Integrating financial management also considers your personal goals, needs, and risks as you focus on making wise financial decisions. The practice also encourages you to look back on your old habits that may block your success. Further, it can also involve a humble awareness about specific elements that you can no longer control, such as taxes, inflation, market volatility, and debt.

Basic Financial Literacy

Not understanding the principles of using money can lead to several issues. For instance, if you don’t know the relationship between credit and interest, you might end up swiping your credit card for a small amount that may cost you 20% more of the total amount. The truth is that many people are paying a specific thing repeatedly, basically wasting their money.

When this happens, you could end up with a poor credit score. Credit scoring solutions can identify individuals with poor financial management practices, which could be why you will not get approved for house or car loans in the future.

Without the proper knowledge and understanding about financial matters, you will most likely end up like most people-paying high fees, uncertain about where they have spent their money, and paying debts for so many years.

Here are some financial management tips to get you started.

1. Track Your Money

Many young individuals are not even aware of where they have spent their money. If this is the case, there is certainly room for improvement to eliminate the bad habits.

Financial management always begins with spending awareness. List down your monthly expenses or use a management app to track where your money goes. Doing so will help you identify if you are spending too much on unimportant things. Once you’re aware of your spending habits, you can make a plan to improve.

2. Create a Budget

Compute your estimated income and how much you spend every month to create a realistic budget. You don’t have to implement drastic changes right away; you will only deprive yourself of what you usually enjoy, like eating out or shopping for clothes.

Instead, create a budget that aligns with your lifestyle. Over time, you will embrace the small changes that will enable you to develop healthy spending habits.

3. Save

Saving is an essential factor in proper financial management. It gives you financial security and protects you from uncertainties that may cost you money. Save as much as you can, do it little by little until you can finally put more money into your savings account.

4. Pay Your Bills

Your bills should always be on top of your budget. Always prioritize your payment for electricity, credit cards, rent, and other vital expenses to ensure that you allot money for them before anything else. In addition, ensure to pay your bills on time as that may also affect your credit score.

5. Check Your Subscriptions

Many of us tend to subscribe to platforms and automate payments through credit cards. However, it would be wiser to check if you are actually using these subscriptions. Otherwise, you’re wasting money. Review your credit card bills regularly and see if there are some subscriptions you no longer need.

6. Learn to Invest

Like saving, investing is another crucial part of financial management. Learning how to invest your money where it will grow ensures that your money is working for you, giving you more income and higher savings in the long run. Investing is also a great way to ensure that you have funds when you retire.

Knowing how to manage your money is an opportunity to obtain financial freedom. Through your financial skills, you can manage your money well without sacrificing the lifestyle you want while you save, invest, manage your cash flow and secure a bright future for yourself and your family.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct Examiner.com, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.