How is your financial education? Even in the face of frequent periods of economic instability, Brazilians are still below average when it comes to knowing their own finances.
This reality is directly reflected in the population’s pocket, increasingly involved in debt and focused only on alleviating their short-term problems.
Follow our post and understand why it is so important to plan and invest in your financial education!
Review consumption habits
Unfortunately, the habit of saving is not cultivated as it should in Brazil. As the mentality is predominantly consumerist, few people seek to guarantee their financial independence. When the account bursts, the first attitude is always to try to earn more, instead of reviewing consumption habits.
By worrying about financial education, even if, at first, you need to make some concessions to balance the accounts, you are able to plan your future.
Define short, medium and long term objectives
One of the most important lessons in financial education is that you need to define and put your dreams and goals on paper. Think about what you would like to accomplish in the short term (up to one year), medium-term (between one and ten years) and long term (more than ten years).
Once these objectives are well defined, it is possible to ascertain how much it costs to make them feasible. Thus, you will be able to know what you need to save to make your dreams come true, giving greater sense and pleasure to the habit of saving.
Adapt your standard of living
If you usually spend everything you receive, it is very likely that concerns about unemployment and the rising cost of living will be constant. Living down a notch, that is, getting used to having less than you earn, is an important practice for your financial balance.
When you can live with a break in the budget, the worries are less and, consequently, the quality of life is much better. In addition, it is possible to plan for the future without having to give up the habits that fit within your standard of living.
Strategically mitigate debt
Getting out of debt is critical to any successful planning. Financial education will help you not to get into new debt, but what to do about the commitments already made? It is necessary to face the accounts strategically in order not to lose money.
The best way is to tackle the highest debts first. A noteworthy caveat is in the cases in which punishments can occur, such as in real estate financing, when the delay of the installments can culminate in the loss of the property. An interesting strategy may be to replace a higher debt with a cheaper one, with lower interest rates.
As you study more about finance, the impact of compound interest on your savings becomes evident, both in terms of debt and investment. Therefore, leaving money in savings is not the best option by far.
Try not to put all your eggs in one basket, that is, diversify your applications. For those just starting out, investment funds, where an administrator is responsible for directing resources, can be a good option. The ideal, however, is that you improve your knowledge and take the reins of your financial life in your hands.
Investing in financial education will bring a number of benefits to you. Experience the tranquility of a balanced life and realize your dreams and projects, for that, plan your future now and ensure the maintenance of your standard of life, even in the face of unforeseen circumstances.
Are you excited to start? How about making an organization for two? So, check out how to do good financial planning for couples and get to work!