One way to save money is to learn how to be a better manager of your personal finances. I regret the number of times I paid late fees, for example, simply because I didn't make sitting down and doing the bills part of my regular weekly routine.
But the truth is, sometimes we resist dealing with our finances because we feel we aren't "good at it." This may be especially true for you if your ex handled the finances when you were together. If that's the case, it's time to gain some confidence in your own ability to manage money.
Here's a list of free money management courses you can take online:
- Money Management Basics for Single Parents--This course, geared specifically toward single moms and dads, is available online or through a series of ten daily emails.
- Take Control of Your Money--This course is offered through Iowa State University's University Extension.
- Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning--A free course from the University of California at Irvine.
- Money 101--Gain control of your finances with this 23-step plan from CNN.
- Investing in Your Future--An investment course designed for beginning investors.
- The Learning Center for American Financial Solutions--Includes courses on budgeting, consumer credit, and identity theft.
- Balance Track--Learn how to set financial goals and eliminate wasteful spending.
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