FREE TRUSTED RESOURCE FOR MONEY HELP (& links)
A respected blogging colleague introduced me to this superb tool to help with your money management. With so many folks offering debt and money help, it’s tough to know who to trust. MyMoneyCheckUp, from the non-profit National Foundation for Credit Counseling developed a quick and fun self assessment to help you manage your money. The questionnaire starts out by asking about your financial accounts, budgeting, borrowing, savings, home and retirement. The questionnaire is easy and they also offer a version in Spanish.
For example, plug in your monthly income and then fill in your rent, utilities loans, and child care etc. You don’t have to be perfect, just estimate the figures. After you input your financial information, the program analyses your responses. It offers helpful suggestions and free resources if you need more guidance.
In response to someone who sometimes has more month than money, the program made these recommendations and tips, along with links to additional resources:
- You are on the right track- you are not always short of money. However, based on your responses, below are a few suggestions that may be helpful to improve your money management.
- Consider creating a budget to help you manage your finances.
- A spending plan can help you spend on your priorities and prioritize your spending.
- Check out some tools to help you stick to your budget
- Try tracking your spending for the next couple of weeks to get a feel for where your money is actually going. Then recreate a budget to better reflect your goals in light of your circumstances.
- Try to limit your use of payday lending. Shop around. Make sure that you understand the full cost of a payday loan.
- Payday lenders charge extremely high interest rates. Limiting their use or cutting them out completely will create space in your budget.
- Monitor how much you pay in interest on your credit cards each month
- The interest you pay on the balance on your credit cards can add up quickly. Try trimming your expenses and paying down your debt. This will create room in your budget in the long run.
- Check out free resources on the IRS website to help you understand your taxes
- The taxes you pay is typically a large item in your budget. Understanding the costs better can help you manage your cash flow.
- If you would like to schedule an appointment with an NFCC certified financial counselor, please call 1-800-388-2227 or go to http://www.nfcc.org.
Mymoneycheckup is great if you are struggling with basic money issues and need some trustworthy guidance.
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