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5 Simple Ways to Jumpstart Your Finances

jumpstart your financesSometimes, it feels like you need to ‘reset’ your financial life to get things moving in the right direction again. In this article, we are going to look at some ideas to help you jumpstart your finances again.

Each of the tips included below is relatively simple to put in place, but each has the potential to make a significant impact on your bank account moving forward.

Revamp Your Budget

If you are currently working with a budget to keep your spending on track and under control, consider working through your budget from a fresh perspective to see if you can find any savings hidden within the big picture. In fact, you might be surprised at how much money you can save on a monthly basis simply by taking a new look at an old problem. Even if you only save a small amount of money, you will still be glad you took the time to go over your budget carefully. This money can easily jumpstart your finances.

Pick Up a Second Job

Take on some hours in a second job, or ask for a few more hours in your current job, to make extra money. You should be able to boost your finances by infusing some income that you aren’t used to receiving. Since this income will be above and beyond your usual budgeted amount, you will be free to use it however you see fit. Paying down debt is a great idea with this extra income, as it putting some away for savings.

Look at Refinancing

Take a close look at all of your loans to determine if any of them are a good target for refinancing. Paying a high interest rates is one of the quickest ways to drain your bank account each month. Instead of continuing to simply pay that high rate month after month, look into the possibility of refinancing some or all of your loans. This will cut down the interest rate and save yourself money almost immediately.

Sell Off Unused Items

Are you continuing to own, and pay for, a ‘big ticket’ item, like a boat or RV that you just don’t use? Consider selling off that item to get rid of the expense that comes with it. Of course, you won’t want to do this if you are actually using the item regularly. But, many people continue to carry these costs around even if they aren’t getting any use out of the item anymore. This is just useless spending.

Increase Your Savings

Adding to the amount of money that you save each month is always a good idea. Take a look at your budget and find a way to add to your savings each month. Even a small increase to your savings each month can add up to big gains over time. Plus, you might be surprised to find that you can live on much less than you previously believed.

 

Do your finances need a review? How else can you jumpstart your finances?

 

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John Schmoll is a Dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry. He's passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes so that they can live lives free from the shackles of debt and empowered to make their money work for them. You can check out his other sites: Frugal Rules, for ways to improve your financial literacy; and Sprout Wealth for tips on different ways to make more money. John has been featured on Forbes, Lifehacker, Yahoo Finance and US News & World Report and more. If you're wanting to grow your blog, check out my blog coaching services to see how I can help you take your site to the next level.

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  1. “Sell Off Unused Items” – I’m thinking I might go through this (again) soon. Realizing how much “stuff” I have sitting around taking up space and/or tucked away in storage.
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