Top Financial Advice for Recent Grads

David Banks
Authored by David Banks
Posted Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:55am

Transitioning from school to employment may be challenging enough without considering all of the additional obligations that come with it. But don't worry—we've put together a list of our greatest tips for managing your money once you've graduated.

Understand the patterns of your money

Depending on who you are, you may have a tendency to overspend or not spend at all. Understanding your previous spending and saving patterns is an essential first step in navigating this period of significant financial upheaval.

None of these are inherently good or evil; they are simply preferences and habits that people establish regarding and spending. More self-awareness, on the other hand, is never a bad thing, and considering and defining your money personality may help you predict your spending patterns and, if required, adjust them to meet your current financial situation.

Budget making

A budget is essentially a money plan, and when it comes to money, it's best not to wing it. That doesn't mean you can't be spontaneous, and it doesn't have to be flawless, but you should have a basic idea of how much money is flowing into and out of your accounts.

There are a variety of budgeting strategies available, but they all aim to answer the same question: what are your financial inputs and outputs?

You'll be better able to predict how your money will appear on any given day once you've been organized.

Go for a savings plan

It's a good idea to include savings planning into your budget by regularly setting aside a percentage of your money. One way to approach saving is to pay yourself first. Short-term savings can support items like a trip or emergency reserve. Purchase of property or retirement planning and investing on are examples of long-term financial objectives.

Paying back student loan

After graduating, most student loans provide the borrower a six-month grace period before they have to start repaying their debts. Your payment plan, like your budget, is adaptable and should be assessed in light of your present and future financial needs. Check if you may deduct a portion of your student loan interest payments on your federal tax return.

Consider finding a job.

Before applying for a job, do some research on the typical market salary for your position so you know how much your expertise is worth. It's also crucial to research the perks provided by the company you're using and compare them to the income given. In some instances, accepting lower pay with higher benefits may be worthwhile. To encourage new employees, some firms even assist with school debts. Create budgets based on different net salaries to get a sense of how a typical month at a given income level may look for you. Even if a specific wage isn't feasible right now, it might be a motivating goal to strive towards in your career.

Many excellent financial habits are similar to flossing your teeth: minor chores that, when performed regularly, may have a significant influence on your (in this instance, financial) health. This includes stuff like:

  • Regularly checking your bank account balance
  • Having a good understanding of your credit score and monitoring it frequently
  • Paying off your credit card(s) as often as feasible and at the most significant possible amount
  • Making on-time debt or loan repayments when needed

If you detect any unexpected transactions, the first two can assist you in getting insight into your spending patterns and avoiding or identifying identity theft. In the short and long run, the latter two will benefit your credit score and your general financial well-being.


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