Creating a Clear Financial Picture

Much can and has been said about finances and how to improve them.  The internet offers many helpful articles and blogs that illustrate how to make more money, pay down debt, invest in real estate and more, but the common thread that often gets lost in the equation is YOU.  I believe that it can be hard to visualize yourself in a scenario where more money is coming in, or bills are less of a burden on your bottom line if you don’t first understand what your financial picture is.

When I say financial picture, I mean a snapshot of your finances that involves everything from your income to the rent you pay each month.  If you can’t refer to something that shows you a clear picture of what your income and debts are from month to month, there’s a chance that you could be missing some key data that could ultimately help you live a fuller life.

Jumping in the Pool—Start Being Proactive about Creating a Healthy Financial Picture
The first thing you have to do (if you haven’t already done so) is just jump in the pool already.  There are often these tips and tricks that drag out what you can do in minutes over days and sometimes weeks.  If you sincerely want to change your financial outlook for the better, let’s stop putting it off and get started.  Dipping your toe in won’t change things at all—at some point, you have to go or it.  Let’s do that today!

Getting Your Financial Picture in Focus
While there are multiple ways to attain a healthy financial picture, there are two tools that I’ve been using for years to ensure my financial picture is consistently clear: Microsoft Excel and Mint.  I will walk you through how both of these tools can enhance your financial picture in a variety of ways, as well as list some of the pros and cons of each tool.

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When it comes to financial advice, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here by trying to create catchy new terminology for existing principles, because that would be a waste of time.  While a lot of what I propose is not necessarily new–there are elements that aren’t commonly known/practiced, so I’ll try to make what I relay in my blogs/podcasts easier to relate to, and, more importantly, they’ll often be from my perspective and personal experience.  I am NOT a financial advisor, but I am someone who has learned a lot through seeing/making a lot of mistakes and working across various industries/disciplines.  If you have any questions or concerns about anything that’s mentioned in my blogs/podcasts, I invite you to seek the advice of a reputable financial expert and to do a little research.  After all, we should all be asking MORE questions when it comes to our financial well-being.


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