Money – Life is expensive, and no matter what your income it’s easy to feel like you’re constantly broke. But worrying about money doesn’t have to be the norm.
Here, Shannon Lee Simmons, founder of the New School of Finance and author of Worry-Free Money, offers tips to help you achieve financial security.
1. Practice smart budgeting. Budgets are traditionally rigid and often don’t allow you to spend money in realistic ways. The key to worry-free money is a plan that’s flexible and tailored to you, so you can achieve your financial goals while leaving room to spend on things you enjoy. Before you map out those long-term goals, make a list of short-term action items that will help you get to where you’re going, without halting your spending full-stop.
2. Know your limits. Don’t fall into the trap of mindless spending. It’s too easy to be surprised by a big bill at the end of the month or to spend cash quickly without knowing where it went. Set limits and stick to them to make sure you save for retirement without falling into debt. An easy way to do this is paying with debit using Interac Flash, so you’re not accumulating credit card debt you can’t afford. Debit is also a fast, secure and convenient way to spend your own money, and you can instantly see your transactions and keep track of them to achieve your goals.
3. Secure your finances. Having a financial plan is one thing, but you also need to know that the way you spend is safe. With contactless payment technologies it’s now easier and more secure to just flash your debit card or mobile device for small purchases. Built-in spending limits help you maintain control while protecting you if you lose your card. Plus, the Interac Zero Liability Policy means you don’t have to worry as you are not responsible for losses beyond your control.