Personal finance is the application of principals of finance to the decisions of an individual or family. In layman’s terms it is the process of controlling your money and making informed decisions to keep your finances in check and yourself out of debt. Having the ability to perform personal financial duties is an essential skill for every American.

You should be able to do basic things like create a budget, balance a check book and know when you are spending too much money each month. By learning these critical skills you will keep yourself out of debt, have the ability to retire at an earlier age and live a stress free life.

Once you grasp the concepts associated with personal finance you will find it that much easier to keep yourself out of debt. No longer will you be over spending each month creating more debt for yourself you will be able to manage the current debt that you do have.

With personal finance skills you will be able to see how a credit card’s interest rate is affecting the amount of money you owe each month and why it is important that you pay more than just the minimum payment on your credit cards so that you may start to pay off the actual debt you owe and not just the interest.

Along with being able to keep yourself out of debt personal finance skills will assist you in creating monthly budgets. These monthly budgets can in turn be used to save money into a savings account, 401K or the stock market to accumulate interest thus increasing your wealth. When you are able to create a monthly budget and map out all of your expenses you can see how much of your monthly income you are spending each month.

If you are spending more than you make then you will need to cut back in certain areas so that you can cover all of your bills. Once you are making more money than you are spending is when you can start to save your money towards retirement. No one wants to work for their entire life and by developing certain personal finance skills you will be able to save money for yourself that can be used during your retirement years.

When all facets of your financial life are running smoothly it will be much easier for you to lead a stress free life. It can be quite stressful if you are constantly being hounded by creditors and banks looking for their money that they have lent you. When you start to manage your finances more efficiently with the use of monthly budgets and other personal finance skills the added stressors presented by creditors will go away allowing you to lead a happy and stress free life.

Personal finance is the process of controlling your money and the decisions you make in order to do so. Personal finance skills are some of the most important skills one can have. Quality personal finance skills will allow you to lead a fulfilled life with much less stress by staying out of debt and helping you save for your retirement.

Moe Bedard
My name is Maurice "Moe" Bedard. I am the founder of America's #1 Mortgage Forum, LoanSafe.org. My online work has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times, Fox Business, and many other media publications.