Monday, November 7, 2016

Essential Protections For Your Finances For When Life Knocks You Back

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You can never fully tell what life’s going to bring. Not all surprises around the corner are going to be happy ones, either. Life can knock you for six, sometimes, but that doesn’t mean you should let it do the same to your finances. You should stay prepared for an emergency at all times. Just because it hasn’t happened to you yet doesn’t mean it will. Here’s some of the groundwork you need to lay to keep your finances strong no matter what happens.

Start building that nest egg

Preparing for any emergency dictates that you actually start building on your finances. If you have any disposable income at all, then you shouldn’t just be disposing of all of it. Instead, you should start to put a little aside here and there. If you have no emergency fund at all, then you should be trying to more than a little aside. Cut down on your spending and see what expenses you can negotiate. This is best done with a budget. After you take aside all your essential spending (rent, bills and groceries) take a hard look at how you spend the rest of your money. If you can do without certain expenditures then do without them temporarily.

Don’t pay when you shouldn’t

Another essential in making sure your finances don’t take the brunt of life’s nasty little surprises is in preparing not to pay. You shouldn’t be forced to hand over your cash for incidents that are someone else’s fault. For one, if you get injured by someone else’s actions, you shouldn’t be the one paying your medical bills or any lost income from work. You need to start adding contacts like David & Philpot, P.L. to your address book. That way, if a crisis does arise, you know who to call. Similarly, you should take another look at your insurance policies on a regular basis. If you’re not insuring your home or your valuable, then you’ll have to pay a lot more when they’re lost or damaged.

Keep your credit sparkling

There are times, however, when you are forced to pay. If you don’t have any money left in your emergency fund, you need to start looking at other options. One of those options is using your credit to temporarily deal with the issue. To do that, you need to make sure you have open lines of credit. You’ll get the best deal on them if you maintain your credit score. So make sure you’re taking a look at your credit reports every now and then. Provided you haven’t been in debt or missed any payments, there should be no cause for concern on it. If there is, that means there’s an erroneous report that you need to correct. Of course, using your credit is only temporary. You need to build a debt-tackling plan to get things back to how they should be after the crisis has been averted.

The sooner you start building the resources you need to escape a crisis, the better your chances of doing so. So take charge while you still have the ability and financial freedom to do so. When that crisis hits, you might not be as able to control where your money goes.

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