Where Has All the Money Gone?

By: Rodney Elvis

Living on your own is a scary venture; it doesn't matter if it's a personal choice or the only option. Independent always have some debt to living has its own set of perks, as well as nuisances. Most people when they first move out pay off to their creditors or friends. This is because the initial investment in an apartment is steep. Unless you are living in a holed-up dig, there are bound to be some expected and some unexpected expenses which will crop up.

Although, one of the ways to get out of financial paucity is to take out debt consolidation loans, this exorbitant anomaly could well be given a nix. Here's how you go about it:

Know your budget

The first key to maintaining sound financial health is to know your budget. Have a clear idea about your own spending power and never overestimate it. Don't lie to yourself about extra cash pouring into the almost empty coffers. That ways, you don't need to seek out cheap quotes for debt consolidation loans. Even if you are certain about any pay hike that is going to take place, don't add that extra dough to your cash reserve just now because till the time the money reaches your hands, you can never be sure whether it is yours to spend or not.

What do I spend the money on?


  1. There are certain basics on which your money will go. These include living charges like:

  2. Rent
    Gas/electricity
    Food/ Water

  3. The second list of expenses includes lifestyle and entertainment expenses, such as:

  4. TV license
    Satellite/cable TV
    Credit/store cards
    Alcohol/tobacco

  5. The third list of expenses is inclusive of festive or holiday expenses. These include:


  6. Christmas
    Thanksgiving
    Birthdays/anniversaries
    Travel
    Divide your disposable income within these three categories with some amount to spare for additional unforeseen expenses. This way you can avoid taking debt consolidation loans.

    Invest in "savings"

    It's never too early to start saving...sounds boring but it's a fact. Most of us have to scrape through to make our ends meet, so the idea of starting a saving of some sort might be more difficult than it looks. However, there is hope still. Remember your cookie jar? Take out the coins stashed there and you will find a small sum which could mean the start of your saving pie.

    Look at long term benefits

    Being a tenant is okay for the first few years of your single life. But, it is wise to climb up the property ladder as soon as possible. You can save on your rent, and can sub-let your house also. If you have a home against your name, that means you have an asset that you can liquefy in case of extreme financial needs. Secured loans do provide handsome deals but it is strictly the domain of homeowners.

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