The Omaha insurance agent and philanthropist suggests the following to ensure financial health for the next year and in the future:
- Develop a budget and stick to it. Start by making two columns, one for expenses and the other for income, and adding them together. Whether you earn as much as you spend or not, see where you can take shortcuts, such as on luxury items, paying off debt, and increasing savings.
- Add line items to your budget, such as taxes, savings, college and vacation funds
- Add financial goals to your daily calendar, like paying off student loans at a specific time. Consider paying off larger balances first and try to transfer outstanding balances to accounts with lower interest rates
- Constantly view credit card and bank records to make sure transactions are accurate and see where you can cut expenses
- Pay credit card bills in full, cut out cards you don’t need, and try to use cash whenever possible
- Take advantage of programs through work, such as discounts on phones, computers, and fitness memberships.
- When shopping, buy in bulk, clip coupons, shop for rebates, compare prices, buy generic or store brand products, and stick with the shopping list.
- At home, use a programmable thermostat, test the air system for holes in need of repair, ditch the home phone, and bundle your cell phone plan into a family plan.
- Take care of your car’s engine and tires to save gas and repairs
- See if there are any additional expenses you can eliminate, like ditching the cable and switching to Netflix or Hulu for a small monthly fee. Some subscriptions like Amazon Prime already come with TV and Video included.
Some of these tips may seem like big changes, however once you start making these changes and see results, they will become daily / monthly habits. Practicing the
Through hard work, dedication, and passionate, professional attention to clients’ needs, Manley and his small team at his Farmers Insurance agency in Omaha, Nebraska have turned the agency into Farmers Insurance’s premier agency. state great. His agency is also the second largest in the entire Farmers Insurance region.
Manley’s service to the community includes support for the Siena / Francis House, Restoration Exchange, Homeward Bound Animal Rescue, Ronald McDonald House and The Stephen Center.
Call him at (402) 391-1656 and he will be happy to answer any questions you may have.