How to Budget Your Money | Financial Tips for Millennials

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Budgeting your money is a skill that will serve you well for the rest of your life. It’s never too early to learn how to budget, and in this article, we’ll teach you not only how to do it but also why it’s so important! To save money, avoid debt, and build wealth, consider these financial tips:

Don’t accumulate credit card debt

Make a budget and stick to it. Keep track of where most of your money is going, and make sure you don’t spend more than you earn (over-drafting should be avoided at all costs).

Don’t fall for marketing tricks

Always read the fine print before making any purchase. If offers seem too good to be true, they probably are. This also applies when signing up for new services or memberships that may cost much more than advertised in monthly fees or hidden charges.

Always know how much things will cost

Don’t just look at the sticker price; consider what other factors such as shipping rates might add on top of that figure. Factor in added convenience costs if shopping online vs. in-store. Know the true cost of making purchases.

Always think long-term when it comes to your money

Have you ever wished that you could go back in time and change something? Consider planning for retirement sooner rather than later, especially if your employer offers matching contributions via a 401K program or other options. Saving $50 per month can snowball into thousands of dollars of emergency money over several decades. Make sure that you’re taking advantage of these opportunities, even if they seem small at first glance.

Create a strategy to pay off student loans

If you have student loans, it’s important to pay them off as quickly as possible. Consider switching jobs if your employer offers a tuition reimbursement program (this could greatly decrease the amount of time required for loan repayment).

Spend less than you earn

This is an obvious one that may be easy said than done. You need to make sacrifices to save money and build wealth; buying new things every week and eating out regularly can add up very quickly. Instead of spending frivolously, investments on your income into retirement accounts like 401Ks or Roth IRAs. Increasing the percentage of savings over time will help generate more interest income down the line when retired. It’s never late (or early) to start saving.

Set a budget

If you haven’t already, learn how to create a monthly budget that outlines where your income will be spent. You can use an online calculator for this or track expenses manually every month if preferred.

Create savings goals

Set concrete savings milestones to stay motivated once you have decided how much money should be saved each month. The more specific the goal is (i.e., one year vs. five years), the better chance of actually reaching it and staying accountable along the way. It’s never too late (or early) to start saving.


Things don’t always go as planned, so make sure you are prepared financially if something unexpected comes up. Have some cash stashed just in case there’s a car repair or medical bill that needs to be paid. If you have an emergency fund of at least six months’ worth of living expenses set aside, this will help limit the possible damage caused by sudden financial emergencies.


About the Author

Patrick Watt is a content writer, writing in several areas, primarily in business growth, value creation, M&A, and finance. His other interests include content marketing and self-development. Say hi to Patrick on Twitter @patrickwattpat.

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