Now that you’ve landed the great job with the great paycheck, you’re probably relieved to have those college days of ramen noodle dinners behind you. While you don’t have to continue feasting on microwave meals, you should think twice before you start spending money simply because you have it. Learning the importance of good money management will better equip you for your newfound financial success.
Get Out of Debt
Learning how to manage your money and sticking to a budget are crucial aspects of getting out of debt. Credit cards may have helped you out from time to time but just imagine not having to make those constantly increasing credit card payments every month. Properly managing your money enables you to pay them off and ease your dependency on them. Moreover, those school loans will seem less of a burden once you factor them into a budget that you can comfortably adhere to.
Expect the Unexpected
No matter how secure you feel in your job, you just can’t predict when economic turmoil might wind up handing you a pink slip. If you have been managing your money effectively, you’ll be better prepared for periods of unemployment and other unexpected circumstances. If you need to suddenly fly home to see an ailing relative, you won’t have the added stress of trying to come up with traveling expenses, since you have an emergency savings fund factored into your personal budget.
Peace of Mind and Body
If you are constantly concerned with whether you’ll be able to come up with the money to pay the rent and other bills, financial stress may be wreaking havoc on your health. A WebMD article, “The Debt Stress Connection,” explores how money woes and anxiety have been attributed to health problems, citing a report in which participants “who report high levels of debt stress suffer from a range of stress-related illnesses including ulcers, migraines, back pain, anxiety, depression and heart attacks.” If you’re committed to your health, good money management may be just as important as your trips to the gym.
Effective money management is an essential component for achieving your long-term goals like buying a house and starting a family. Maintaining a budget enables you to save for all the things you hope to someday do. Even that trip to Spain you’ve been dreaming about taking can be a reality once you learn how to change your spending habits and realize how even those little things you think you can’t live without – like daily espressos – can add up to cost you the things you really want.
Based in South Florida, Leann Harms has been writing since 2008. Her design, technology, business and entertainment articles have appeared in "Design Trade" magazine and Web sites including eHow. Harms has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida Atlantic University.