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Money Talks

03
Nov

Financial Fears of Every Singaporean

You live in an uncertain world. Singapore can be rough sometimes but with that, many opportunities will come. It is normal to be scared especially if you think about your financial standing but you need to face your fears to get by. You should think that you are not alone. If you know what to do, you will surely prosper here in Singapore or wherever in the world.

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As mentioned above, you need to face your fears to get by. With that, here are some tips on tackling your fears so you can start increasing your savings:

  • Budgeting: There are people who are scared of budgeting because it means cutting back expenses and taking away the freedom of spending freely. If you do not like to call it budgeting, you can call it something else – strategic planning.
  • Determining financial status: Some ignore their financial status. It is essential that you determine, assess and examine your financial statements, savings, loans and other debts. This is an act of admitting that you may have little savings or you overspent. This is your way of acknowledging a problem before you begin looking for the right solution.
  • Understanding financial jargon: Not all people understand financial jargons. Remember that any information that can help you with your finances can make a difference at the end of the day. Do not be ashamed to reach out for help if you do not understand anything. If you want, you can look for many references. It is best if you have financial adviser.

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  • Not having enough to invest: People are afraid to invest because in the first place they do not have enough to invest. That is not an issue. The investment world is vast. You can start small and eventually make it grow.
  • Not taking risks: If you are the type that does not take risks because you are afraid of the consequences, you have to realize that the investment world has different tolerance levels. If you are a risk taker, you may invest in stocks but if you want fewer risks, you can consider government bonds.
  • Losing money because of financial mistakes: Admit it, people make mistakes sometimes. If you are too afraid to lose money because of financial mistakes, you will retire in mediocrity. When you make decisions, base it on facts not just hearsays or suggestions.

Hopefully the tips given above will suffice. Everyone gets scared at all times but the trick is to tackle it before it takes a toll in your life. Matters about your finances should be faced valiantly. No matter what happens, you have to stand and fight.  

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08
May

How to Save Money Fast

Saving need not to last for a lifetime or until you reach retirement. You can save money early if you only know how to spend wisely and how not to spend wisely.

  • Cut out unnecessary expenses. Food, shelter and clothing are the necessary expenses of every person, and anything not included here can be considered as unnecessary expenses. Do you have collections like ceramics, stickers, car accessories or others? These are unnecessary, and you can survive without them. If you want to save money, cut out your expenses on these things.
  • Buy one of all things. One is enough, two is too much, and three is over. Remember this and you can save money by not buying too much of the things you actually have. If you already have a pair of rubber shoes, you do not need another one. If you have a sturdy back pack, you do not need another one. For you to be true to this rule on saving, always choose quality products than quantity one.
  • Invest on good brands. Buy products which are sturdy, and can last for a long time. The longer the product lasts, the higher your savings because you do not need to buy the product over and over again. The cost of good brands may be high, but with its quality that will last long, the savings you will have will be higher.
  • Have a savings goal. How much do you like to save? Have a goal, and make sure to reach them. It is only through this discipline of pushing yourself to save that you can truly save.