There are many reasons that women should achieve financial security and independence, including the fact that they usually live longer then men and make less money then men. Women should follow a few easy tips to ensure financial safety as they get older and reach the age of retirement.
First, women should develop and follow a budget for their household to understand how they are spending money and what, if anything, can be cut out. To develop a budget, keep track of all income and expenses for an entire month. Next, women should have both a checking and a savings account available to them. It is important to choose a bank account with low or no fees and also to make sure that it does not require additional charges for simple transactions. For working women, direct deposit is an easy and usually free way to deposit money into your account. Another tip is to pay off your credit card bill each month. Paying the minimum balance is not enough because the interest can build up substantially over time. When using a credit card, never charge more than you can afford to pay.
Next, make sure you set money aside each month for an emergency fund, towards retirement and for any other financial goals you have. Put this money into a separate account so you are not tempted to touch it. In addition, use the Internet to pay your bills. You can set up automatic deductions from a bank account which will avoid the possibility of late fees and save the cost of a check and stamp. Finally, be a smart shopper. Look for sales on items you need to buy and use coupons whenever possible. Make lists before you go to the store to avoid impulse purchases and do not buy more than you need.