5 Ways Any Nigerian Can Become Financially Stable
By Nkem Ndem
With the current state of the economy in Nigeria, many people are finding it rather hard to stay in control of their finances and maintain a measure of stability. A number of them have either had to change their lifestyle or have gotten into debt to salvage their situation in a bid to stay stable; but have failed to achieve financial security.
The truth is simple, getting your finances stable and becoming financially successful requires the development of good financial habits.
We at Jumia Travel have been researching this dilemma and we have come up with a number of solutions. We therefore list 5 ways any Nigerian looking to be financially stable can achieve his or her goal.
Desist from impulse spending
Discipline is very important when it comes to finance, especially if you are looking to be secure in this aspect. A huge problem that most Nigerians battle with is impulse spending. Nigerians generally love to have fun and treat themselves with eating out and shopping and online purchases. Unfortunately, these activities, while they may offer pleasure, can easily be a huge drain on finances. To remain financially stable, Nigerians need to discipline themselves and avoid spending money either on impulse or on unnecessary things.
Save or invest
It’s amazing that a large number of Nigerians who look well-to-do do not have any form of savings. If your goal is to be financially stable, saving and investing should be your top priority. Have a set amount automatically transferred from your checking account to your savings every month and set it in such a way that you do not have easy access to it except in the case of emergencies or you want to invest it.
Keep tabs on your expenses
This may seem tedious, but it is very essential. Ensure you keep track of your expenses. Record your expenses in a diary and always calculate it to know how you’re spending your money, and see what you can cut out or reduce.
Ensure you pay bills immediately
A good way to maintain financial security is to pay bills immediately they come in. If it is a bill that you have to pay monthly or regularly, you can arrange with your bank for regular automatic payments. This way, all of your regular expenses in your budget are taken care of.
Stay away from debt
There is a famous adage that goes “he that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.” No matter your situation, make up your mind not to borrow or go into debt. Try to cut your coat according to your material. If you are already in debts, list them out and arrange them in order from smallest balance at the top to largest at the bottom. Then focus on the debt at the top, putting as much as you can into it, until it is all paid off. Then you can start on a fresh slate.
Nkem Ndem is a PR Associate at Jumia Travel.