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Important Financial Decisions to Make On Payday

The days running up to pay day can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be. It is possible to make it easier with cautious planning and sound financial practices. We've compiled a list of things you should do on payday to keep track of your finances and minimize unnecessary stress.

January 10, 2022

Important Financial Decisions to Make On Payday

For some getting your personal finances in order may be difficult, and one area where many individuals seem to fail is keeping their spending in line when payday arrives. That's because it's simple to spend too much money when it lands in your account, leaving insufficient funds for savings and investing, as well as all of your fixed expenses like rent and food.

It doesn't have to be this way, and whether you're paid weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, there are some simple steps you can take to better manage your finances around payday.

Here are Some Important Financial Decisions to Make on Payday.

1. Budget Your Money

First things first, you want to create a budget and figure out what your fixed and variable expenses are.

  • Fixed expenses: These are costs that largely remain constant, such as your monthly rent or mortgage.
  • Variable expenses: These are costs that vary or are unpredictable, such as dining out or car repairs.

Everyone should have a budget to manage their monthly expenses. One of the main reasons people run out of money after getting paid is that they don’t stick to a precise spending plan. Accounting for these types of expenses while also making sure you have enough money left over to meet your financial goals can help curtail unnecessary splurging. A budget will not only help you manage your spending but it will also help you track your savings as well.

2. Pay Yourself First

Simply put, this implies that you set aside a percentage of your paycheck for savings before paying bills and other obligations.

Most people immediately start giving away their money to everyone else as soon as they receive their paycheck. Everyone gets paid, except for you: the cable company, the auto loan company, and so on. This doesn’t mean you shouldn't pay your bills when they're due. However, it's critical to make saving a priority before doing anything else, so it doesn't become an afterthought. A great rule of thumb–you want to pay yourself 10% to 20%, to your savings or to any debts that you have.

3. Automate Your Payments

Once you set it up, you don’t have to think twice about it. Instead, you just have to make sure there are enough funds in your account for the withdrawal. Because on-time payment history accounts for around 35% of your overall FICO score, enrolling in autopay could potentially help you improve your credit score. Automated contributions to retirement and savings accounts are also available. This could help you stay on pace with your financial goals. 

Once you set up automatic payments, you can then focus on your variable expenses that you have on a monthly basis or on a weekly basis. 

Pro Tip: It will be helpful to create a checklist. I think that's a really important step for myself in particular, and allows me to make sure that I am covering all of my expenses and nothing gets overlooked.

Three Ways to Maximize Your Paycheck

  • Fill up your gas tank to last until the next payday.
  • Pay fixed large expenses that will take up the majority of your paycheck first. This way you are not left scrambling to cover large expenses when money is running low
  • Do the majority of shopping for essential items on or close to payday. The more money you have sitting in your bank account, the more tempting it is to buy stuff you don’t really need.

Final thoughts

Once you get paid, there are several places where your money can go. We are all looking for ways to maximize our paychecks. If you follow these steps you will make it to the next payday with ease.

It will require some forethought and financial discipline, but it will be well worth it to finally be free of the burden of constantly having more months than money.

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