Gain more control of your money with our top personal finance tips.

Even though these tips might seem easy, it will take time and practice in order to build habits.

Tip #1 – Spend Less

This might seem like an obvious tip, but the fact of the matter remains that many people are spending so much that they end up having to live paycheck-to-paycheck.

In order to stop doing this, you have to spend less than you earn. You can do this by keeping track of what you spend throughout the month.

Tip #2 – Budget

Create a plan for your money to understand where you are spending the most money. This will also help you spend less… two birds with one stone.

Start prepping for the month ahead, break down your paycheck and adjust your lifestyle where necessairy. There are a large variety of budgeting techniques out there, so find one that works for you.

Tip #3 – Savings come first

The first thing you should do after receiving your paycheck is to pay money into your savings account first. This way. Once the money is in your savings account, you’ll be less likely to spend it. Many of us also don’t have any money left at the end of the month to add to our savings, so make sure you do it first!

Tips #4 – Set goals

Having a clear goal in mind can keep you motivated and help you come up with a plan to reach that goal faster. Keep in mind these goals shouldn’t be far reaching, rather keep them small and realistic.

Think about what you want to achieve in the next 3-months, the next year, and the next five years. This way you’ll have short-term goals to look forward too, and some long-term goals to work towards.

Remember to keep track of your progress!

Tip #5 – Watch out for credit

A credit card is a useful thing to have, but it is important to remember that it is not free money.

Only get a credit card if you are capable of paying off the balance in full every month in order to manage it effectively and to stay out of debt.

Which top personal finance tips do you follow to build good financial habits?