Managing Your Finances in 2014

For those in their 20s, it can be difficult to manage money. This is a time where people are typically strapped for cash, starting their first full-time jobs and trying to make sense of the world of adult finances. However, simplifying your finances and saving some money doesn’t have to be a complex task because there are plenty of easy ways to reduce costs and feel more financially secure.

Energy Bills

With energy prices on the rise, your utility bills may feel like a major drain on your budget. To reduce costs, the first thing you should do is to make sure that your house or flat is well insulated. Buying a few inexpensive draught excluders can make a huge difference. If your place of residence is properly insulated, it will better retain heat and you won’t need to turn the heating on as often. Set your hot water and heating on a timer, and if you’re going away for the weekend, turn it off.

Mobile Phone

If you’re a lover of technology, you probably use your mobile phone throughout the day. This doesn’t have to change if you’re interested in saving money. However, it might be a good idea to look at your monthly phone bill and identify the areas where you’re spending the most money. If you constantly text, look for a price plan that includes unlimited text messages. If you’re always ringing friends, find a deal that includes a generous number of minutes. It’s cheaper to have these elements integrated into a price plan, as long as you use them. If your contract includes the essential features you need but is rather expensive, it’s important to shop around. Look for another provider that offers the same plan at a reduced price, then make your network aware of this and tell them that you’re considering moving to the cheaper provider. It’s likely that your network will offer to reduce the price of your package to keep you as a customer.

Travel

Whether you’re commuting to work or taking time out to visit friends and family, travelling can be very expensive. It’s important to find out whether you’re entitled to any discounts, particularly if you’re twenty five or under. If you’re a UK resident, you can buy the 16-25 Young Person’s Railcard. This gives you a third off all rail fares and can be used in London to give you money off travel cards. If you’re making a long commute on public transport, it might be more convenient for your firm to consider hiring business vehicles. This is a cost-effective solution that works out cheaper than buying a company car, and can make things cheaper and easier for employees who live a considerable distance away. For more information, check out a firm like Hitachi.

2 Responses to Managing Your Finances in 2014

  1. I’m working on these this year! My utilities are included with rent, but I am planning on selling my vehicle and switching to a no contract phone this year. Wish me luck!

  2. Bill says:

    You’ve done an excellent job for presenting Finances in 2014 principles for Mobile Phone and Travel, not just money.

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