We are going to set aside fundraising campaign issues for the moment and focus on personal financial planning. Many people are struggling with personal debt and credit issues.
Some individuals have lost their home as well as other assets. It is easy to get into debt but it is difficult to get out of debt. There is no such thing as three easy payments or this item can be yours with ‘no money down’. Living within one’s means is always a good idea and makes for a good nights sleep.
Martha Jackson wrote the article on personal finance that follows and I thought it was worth posting here.
Personal finance tools are handy & help boost debt management skills
It is important to remain financially fit and for that it is important for you to know the debt management skills. Debt seems to be creating problems all over the world, within the policies of the federal government, the household and the lives of the people. Almost 10 million of the Americans are struggling hard with consumer debt and low job profiles. So, in this modern and fast world of ours, we get less time to consider finances properly, thereby fail to keep a track of the debts. In such situations, the personal finance management tools come handy.
What are the different personal finance tools?
There are various types of personal finance tolls available. All of these tools are extremely helpful, and help with the enhancement of the debt management skills. Some of the most common personal finance tools that help you with debt management, and paying down the debts are the likes of personal budgeting software, debt calculator, mortgage calculator, and so on.
The personal budgeting software or tool is a great option that helps you with planning the way in which you expend your money. If you spend the money based on a proper plan, it helps you avoid over expenditures.
There are various high end budget software available over the internet, and also with the cell phone. For example, one good budgeting tool is the one available from www.mint.com.
After you find a good budgeting tool, you will be required to create an account with the company. Then, you will be required to connect all of the accounts that you have, with this budgeting account. However, while connecting the accounts with the budgeting account of yours, better be sure that none of your personal information gets passed over to others. So, before connecting your bank accounts with the budget account, do read the terms and policies of the budget software company. However, after you connect the accounts, you may get to see any changes in the budget and your affordability with ease. For example, you may be able to get alerts if you get too close to the level of your affordability. Some software also does have the ability to organize the spending into different categories.
As for the debt calculators and the mortgage calculators, these too are very helpful financial and personal management tools. While using the credit cards, you tend to lose track of the payments to be made. In such situations, it is better to use the debt calculator or the credit card calculator. This helps you calculate the amount you will be required to pay each month against the credit card bills. Even if you opt for debt consolidation or debt settlement, the debt consolidation calculator and the debt settlement calculator helps you determine the amount you will be able to save through these debt relief options.
These also help you find out the amount you will be required to pay each month after consolidation or settlement.
As for the mortgage calculators, these help you to find out the cost of buying a home and taking out a mortgage. You will be able to find out the amount you will be required to pay each month, the amount you will be required to pay against the interest and so on.
Well, that’s the way Martha see’s it!
Master Financial Planning Services Inc.