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Steps To Manage Your Financial Throughout Inflation
And How To Cope With It. 

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Happy New Year 2024. Finally, in this new year, I'm back with writing an article for you all. It's been a long absence for sure. Hopefully, this year I will be much better than last year.  Let's get 

Just to cap off, how are you all now recovering financially since the last pandemic? Maybe some of you haven't read my previous articles. Here's the financial links that you can refer to :

How to recover your funds after the pandemic

5 simple changes you can make to your spending habits

Simple Home Loan Guide

Common Regrets Home Buyers Have

Today, I'm going to address regarding Inflation that hit us last year. It was tough, I may say but I think we all can persevere over the odds with the right understanding meaning of inflation and how to avoid it. But what is Inflation? 

What is inflation and an example of Inflation?

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Inflation is the rate of increase in prices over a given period. Inflation is typically a broad measure, such as the overall increase in prices or the increase in the cost of living in a country. 

The rate of inflation is the pace at which prices are rising, which is typically expressed as a percentage. For example, if bread costs $1 and that rises by 5 cents compared with a year earlier, then bread inflation would be 5 percent in total. 

What causes inflation?

More jobs and higher revenues, growing household incomes lead to a climb in consumer spending, additionally increasing aggregate demand and the scope for firms to increase the prices of their goods and services. It's a cycle that can contribute to economic growth.

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Inflation can be caused by various factors, but the most common causes are:

Demand-pull inflation:  The most common cause for a rise in prices is when more buyers want a product or service than the seller has available. Increased consumer spending, government spending, or investment can lead to demand-pull inflation. 

Cost-push inflation: When there is an increase in the production costs for businesses, such as wages or raw material prices, they may pass on those costs to consumers by raising prices. This leads to cost-push inflation. 

Monetary factors: Inflation can also be influenced by changes in the money supply. If there is an excessive increase in the money supply without a corresponding increase in the production of goods and services, it can result in inflation.

Expectations: Inflation can be influenced by people's expectations. If individuals and businesses anticipate future price increases, they may adjust their behavior accordingly, leading to a self-fulfilling prophecy of inflation.

**It's important to note that inflation is often influenced by a combination of these factors rather than a single cause.

What are the strategies to help you cope with inflation?

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Start by following these tips to help you navigate through inflation and its impact on your finances. 

  • Diversify your investments: Invest in a mix of assets such as stocks, bonds, real estate, or commodities. Diversification can help mitigate the risk of inflation eroding the value of a single investment.  Investing in commodities like gold, oil, or agricultural products can also be a way to protect your savings during inflation. Commodities tend to hold their value over time and increase in price during periods of inflation.
  • Consider inflation-protected securities: Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) are bonds specifically designed to help protect against inflation. They adjust their value based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which can help preserve your purchasing power.
  • Increase your income: Look for opportunities to increase your earnings through career advancement, acquiring new skills, or exploring additional income streams. A higher income can help counter the impact of rising prices.
  • Save and invest wisely: Save a portion of your income and invest it in assets that have historically provided a hedge against inflation, such as stocks, real estate, or commodities. Consult with a financial advisor for personalized guidance.
  • Manage debt: Inflation deteriorates the value of money over time, which can benefit those with debt. Consider managing debt strategically, such as maintaining low-interest loans or fixed-rate mortgages, as the real value of debt decreases over time.
  • Budget and prioritize expenses: Monitor your spending habits and focus on essential expenses. Inflation may lead to price increases, so being mindful of your budget can help you allocate resources effectively.

Remember, these strategies are general guidelines and it's always advisable to seek personalized financial advice based on your specific circumstances.

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I found a great website that provides a free online financial calculator that helps specifically on how to calculate your expenses. To be precise, the site offers a ton of different financial calculators (loans, savings, retirement, budgeting, education, mortgages, etc.) and a few health calculators as well if those would be more in line with your goals.

Providing consumers a wide array of free financial calculators that you can use the calculators you need on desktops, laptops, tablets & cell phones such as: 

Loan Amortization, Mortgage Calculators, Savings Calculators, Auto Calculators (vehicle), Credit Cards & Retirement & Financial Planning. 

You're able to figure out a loan's regular monthly, biweekly, or weekly payment and the total interest paid throughout the loan.  Current credit card payment that's applied to the principal balance and how much is pure interest for you to estimate.

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You also can calculate the future value of a monthly investment, enter the beginning balance, the monthly dollar amount you plan to deposit, the interest rate you expect to earn, and the number of years you expect to continue making monthly deposits with the Savings Calculator or Financial  Planning Calculator.  It really helped me a lot to figure out a way from the impending inflation crisis in the future. 

Remember, Don't ignore your budget and spending habits: Inflation can put pressure on your finances, so it's crucial to stay mindful of your budget and spending habits. Avoid unnecessary expenses and prioritize essential needs to ensure your resources are allocated effectively.

Once again, now is likely NOT the time to take on new debt. This includes home equity lines, car loans, and student loans, etc. Sometimes these decisions are unavoidable, even during times of economic uncertainty. Try saving as much as you can. 

Hope these tips are useful for you! Till again! 

Well, that's all for now! Thanks for reading my blog !! I hope you've enjoyed it!

Have a wonderful day and always be happy!! 

 Be nice, Be respectful and Be responsible.

ZazaAzman a.k.a MamaMonsta👻