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Whether You Think It’s Better to Pay Off Your Mortgage or Save More, the Key Is to Get a Plan in Place Early and to Use the Right Tools

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Whether You Think It’s Better to Pay Off Your Mortgage or Save More, the Key Is to Get a Plan in Place Early and to Use the Right Tools

 
Homeowners have long faced one of the biggest financial dilemmas going: "Is it better to pay of my mortgage or save more, sooner?” It’s quite the quandary. On one hand, your mortgage payment likely represents your biggest monthly expense, and the sooner you’re rid of it, the sooner you can start really saving money like a pro. On the other hand, you’ve already likely built your mortgage payment into your long-term personal finance plan, and since it will probably be at least a decade or two before you’re rid of it completely, why not focus on building savings now? Both personal finance options have their advantages, but often, there’s a first step that most people asking this question are overlooking: getting the extra money to spend in one of those two ways. In order to balance your personal budget effectively and get to the point where you have disposable income to either pay down your mortgage early or build up your savings, you need to make sure that you use the right tools, like a reliable piece of budget planning software.
 

Fail to Plan? Plan to Fail

 
Saving money is hard enough these days, but trying to organize your pocketbook without having a set plan in place is nearly impossible. By keeping close track of your monthly income and expenses, you can get a clear, concise and comprehensive view of where exactly your personal finances stand. Once you have everything in place and laid out in an orderly fashion, then you can really see how much extra cash you have to work with. One of the best ways to establish all of these details is with personal financial planning software. Robust personal accounting software will let you track money coming in and going out of your bank account to the penny and give you total control over how much is going where. Many of the best programs will let you run different scenarios to see how much your savings will build up with various possible approaches and tactics.
 

Choosing the Right Tool

 
Like so many other choices, finding the right personal budgeting software for your needs can be a bit overwhelming. How do you know what to look for? They all claim to offer the best – who do you trust? Well, there are a few things that are helpful to keep in mind. First, you want more than just a spreadsheet. If all you wanted to do was to look at raw numbers, you could use a cocktail napkin. You want a program rich in features and able to show you the world of possibility that lies before you when you take control of your family budget plan. Also, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. After all, the goal is to save money.
 
Getting your family finances under control can be tricky, but once you do, you’ll be amazed at the freedom and peace of mind that follows. With a firm grasp on your monthly personal budget, you can then decide whether you think it’s better to pay off your mortgage or save more for the future, today.

The Cardinal Rules of Finance

The Money Coach Guide to Financial Independence – the life you deserve starts with these commandments.

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I shall identify and eliminate any limiting beliefs that could "influence" my money decisions"

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I shall run my personal finances like a business

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I shall spend my money according to my values, goals and principles.

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