Explaining Painless Home Finance Budgeting Plans

March 20, 2012
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You are considering a program of personal finance. What are your long-term and short-term goals? Are you planning for retirement or just for a nice vacation next summer? Once your goal is clear, you have to get very practical. How much money is coming in? What are the risks and rewards of a given plan? If your finances are such that you can’t afford to put a sizeable down payment on a new car, you can’t afford that car. Cars depreciate extremely quickly, and unless you make a large payment up-front, you will end up upside-down on that loan. Owing more than the worth of your car makes it difficult to sell the car and can put you in a bad position if the car were to be wrecked. To get and keep your personal finances on track, you need to look at them the same way a bank would. That means taking the time to accurately figure out your exact income as well as your exact expenses. In cases where your expenses vary, always estimate high, and if extra money is left over at the end of the week then put it into savings. A vital step in getting [...]

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