Your first few paycheques may mean the world to you, but what is more important than simply counting your money is to manage its use effectively, particularly if you have been comfortably living so far with your parents managing most of your finances! Obviously matters get a little difficult to handle in the start, with monthly bills and outlandish responsibilities like tax payments denting your happiness every time you want to go all out and spend every single penny you earn. In that case, here's a guide to ensuring that you, as a beginner, are able to manage your finances:
Monthly Management Of Expenses
It may take a while to painfully monitor your finances and make sure that your expenses don't exceed a certain limit every month, but what needs to be done, has got to be done. See to it that you pay off all your bills by the end of every month and not have them pile by your bedside, causing you to pay extra later. Keep a check on the money you spend on groceries and the number of days you eat out in a month, at least until you get a hang of how much money you can afford to spend in what area.
It may make you want to cringe, but paying your taxes regularly and diligently completing the related paperwork is a part and parcel of the many responsibilities that come knocking at your door once you start earning for yourself. Having a clear estimation of the taxes you will be required to pay will help you manage your expenditure from the very start and probably help you to even benefit from tax savings!
Your parents weren't trying to nag you when they hounded you with the contact details of innumerable insurance companies. It is essential and the faster you take care of matters, the better. Invest some of your earnings and sign up for insurance plans; this could be health insurance plans or plans to insure your house or your car against the possibility of any unfortunate events in the near or far future.
Bank It Up
Once you think you are done settling accounts and spending on personal use, it is highly advised to head to the nearest bank and quickly deposit your money in a savings account or a fixed deposit account to make sure that you benefit most out of the interest you earn a couple of years down the line.
Splurge A Little!
Well, you haven't worked day in and out only to save money and live the life of a tortured laborer, have you? Give yourself the little treats you deserve! It is fair to head out on (monitored) shopping trips, award yourself a spa treatment or eat out at fancy places once in a while every month just to keep you going!
Having said that, with a little care, precaution and a bit of planning, you can effectively manage your finances and make sure that you never run into debts, not immediately after stepping into being a part of the working class at least!