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Money Management Rules
Do you have a savings account, yet find it difficult to find money to deposit into it?
Then join the club of the thousands of people who share this same problem.
Generally when you receive income it is either directly deposited into your checking account or you go to the bank to make a deposit. Typically these funds head straight to the checking account so they are available to pay the seemingly endless stream of bills.
P -Planning - set short term and long term goals.
A- Allow money for an emergency fund.
Y- You give allowances and teach good spending habits.
Y- Your household budget should include saving.
O- Ownership versus loanership.
U- Understand financial jargon.
R- Review the plan frequently and change if needed.
S- Start a saving plan the day you are hired.
E- Evaluate your company's 401k plan.
L- Learn how to save using mutual funds.
F- Find an on-line banking account that you like.
F- Find the right investments.
I- Inform others - "Getting Started On Your 401k Plan".
R- Rebalance your investments annually.
S- Save for retirement.
T- Teach your children how to save.
What Does - "Pay Yourself First" - Mean?
A lot of people have the wrong interpretation of the simple phrase "Pay yourself first".
I've asked several people, and these are some of the things I've been told.
· After I pay my bills, and purchase the items I need, I then put something in the bank.
· I set aside a dollar a day. I deposit it at the end of the month.
· I have set up automatic monthly deductions from my bank account.
Most people save money as an afterthought. When they receive income the money is allocated to bills, groceries, rent or a mortgage or daily expenses among other things. The only time adding money to savings is when there is money left over. Unfortunately with this backwards thinking there is almost never any money left over to save.
The best plan is a sure plan.
When does Uncle Sam get paid? When does the State get paid? When does Medicare and Health Insurance get paid? These deductions are made before you receive your check. They don't wait and neither should you.
Payroll deduction's is the easiest way to "Pay Yourself First". Use your company's payroll deduction plan, if available, and arrange for a fixed amount to be taken out of your paycheck. Your employer will send these funds to an account of your choice before you receive your check.
It doesn't matter if it is $10 or $500, simply having this happen automatically will ensure money is saved every time you are paid.
When deposits are made into a savings account automatically and regularly you don't have to think about it and the money is deposited before you have time to worry about expenses or how much money will be left over.
Automatic Saving is Easy
If you don't have direct deposit there is still an easy option available if you do your banking at a local branch. Typically your bank can link checking and saving accounts together and establish automated transfers between accounts at a regular interval that you select.
So if you cash your paycheck every other Friday you could establish an automatic transfer of a set amount of money from checking to savings to coincide with this deposit
Proper planning would help you avoid making the common mistakes of overextending your income. For starters, plan on spending only 1/2 of your income on your needs. Your needs would include rent, car note, insurance, food, etc. You should be spending only $750 for these items, if you take home $1500 a month.
Pay a minimum of $300 per month to your parents for rent, gas, lights, telephone, home cooked meals, and laundry facilities that include washing powder and detergent. These are the same items you would have to purchase if you lived in an apartment. You should offer this payment because it is the decent thing to do and it sets the foundation of not taking advantage of people.
You now have $450 to give yourself an allowance, pay a car note, insurance, and save, which are also needs that you must provide. Remember, you are not trying to tie up all of your income. So what, you have $1200 left.
Using the $450 - give yourself a $50 weekly allowance ($200) and save $50 per month. To purchase a car, you must have a down payment, insurance, and you will have to pay state taxes and buy tags for the car. Now you have $200 for a car note and insurance. You probably will not be able to get a decent car at this time but you can consider public transportation. Save $200 per month for these expenses (taxes, tags, down payment, and insurance).
Managing your money and learning to live off of $750 you have now accomplished the following.
1. $50 monthly saving = $600
2. $200 monthly saving = $2400
3. $750 monthly saving = $9000
You have created 3 different saving accounts. You can now purchase a car for cash and pay all of the expenses (taxes, insurance, and tags) without putting yourself in debt or depleting your account. You will not have a car note or insurance bill because you have paid for it with cash.
You've successfully accomplished your first short term objective - purchasing a car. You will continue to have other short term objectives and they can all be accomplished with using proper money management skills.
WHEN IS A SAVING'S ACCOUNT A GOOD IDEA?
Saving is the first step in a financial plan and there are several ways you can save money.
· Passbook Savings Account
· Statement Savings Account
· Money Market Account
· On line Account
· Money Market Mutual Fund
Everyone should have enough cash on hand to see them through a three to six month hardship. A saving account can be a great place to build and keep your emergency fund. What constitutes an emergency?
· Unemployment - commonly caused by dismissal/getting fired, job relocation, outsourcing, and lay offs.
· Car repair if you only have one car.
Getting your only car running again is an emergency, replacing a broken television is not.
Your initial savings account should be liquid, meaning you can get your money out at any time. Your initial savings account should also be at a low risk financial institution. The first rule of careful investing: Don't lose money.
The interest earned on a savings account will vary considerably. Most traditional banks pay very little interest on savings accounts.
You can earn a higher interest rate by using one of the high-yield savings or money market accounts that are found online.
Deciding where to open your initial account is your decision.
BEST OVERALL ONLINE SAVINGS ACCOUNT
HSBC Direct www.hsbcdirect.com
Annual percentage yield: 5.05%
Why it's the best: Quick customer service, an ATM card, a $1 minimum balance and typically one of the highest yields make this online savings account the one to keep.
SIMPLEST TO USE
ING Direct www.ingdirect.com
Annual percentage yield: 4.50%
Why it's simplest: ING Direct's streamlined Web site and four-step application are painless for even a Luddite. With no minimums and no monthly fees, ING Direct set the standard that other online banks follow (or should).
BEST FOR ACCESS TO FUNDS
E*Trade Financial www.etrade.com
Annual percentage yield: 5.05%
Why it's the best: The most inconvenient aspect of online savings is the lag when you deposit money. It can average up to five days to clear a transaction after the initial deposit. But E*Trade users can access deposits on the same day.
BEST ONLINE CHECKING ACCOUNT
Annual percentage yield: Ranges from 3.25% for balances of less than $10,000 to 4.41% for $100,000 or more.
Why it's the best: EverBank treats checking almost like savings. You need a minimum of $1,500 to open an account and enjoy an introductory rate of 6.01% for the first three months before it goes down to the market rate.
BEST PLACE TO GET ONLINE BANKS
Why it's the best: Interest rates and features change daily. This is a fast way to compare the full range of standard bank offerings as well.
You may have money to save and not know it.
You could have already lost $1,000,000
Bad Spending Habits
Over paying your insurance premiums
Not renegotiating the interest on your credit cards
This report will show you where to look and how to save money that you are currently throwing away.
You will recoup this and more by using any of the techniques taught in this report.