How to Use Technology to Improve Your Finances
Technology is an integral part of our life. From booking a cab to ordering food, everything can be done at a mouse click. It has transformed the sector of personal finance giving it edge and a lot of advantages. It made paying bill easy and allowed us to monitor our savings, make investment plans, and apply for loans.
On National Technology Day, let’s take a look at how technology has improved and simplified personal finance for us:
1. The Benefit of Automation
Time is money and today people rarely have the time to visit different offices to make utility payments or go to the bank to keep their savings. Technology has enabled the automation of various tasks, from utility payments to making investments. You can use the NetBanking facility to set automatic instructions to make your utility payments every month. You can also save and invest in fixed deposits, recurring deposits, mutual funds, and other online investment instruments.
2. Apply for Loans Online
Today you no longer need to go to the bank to get a loan sanctioned. Everything can be processed online—from personal loans and credit card applications to home loans. Banks and lending institutions have websites and mobile applications that give you the facility to apply for loans from the comfort of your home. Just upload all your documents on the portal, and the authorities concerned will look into it for you to approve your loan.
3. Manage a Budget
Countless applications and websites have budgeting tools to help you create and stick to a budget. Having a comprehensive budget is one of the fundamental aspects of personal finance. Back in the day, people would create manual budgets by putting pen to paper. In that process, there was a high possibility of missing out on small expenses. With the current technology, it is possible to link your bank account to a budgeting application and track every single expense that you make so that you have a clear view of how you are placed financially. You can then make alterations to your budget for better money management.
4. Using EMI Calculators for Estimations
If you are planning to apply for a loan, you may want to check whether the EMI payments are within your budget. Before applying for a loan, you can use an EMI calculator to compute your monthly instalments. EMI calculators can also help compare loans from different providers and different tenures to help you budget better.
5. Learn About Advanced Investment Strategies
Another advantage of technology is that it has made information accessible to us at our fingertips. You don’t have to scout for physical classes or pay exorbitant amounts to learn about anything. If you want to improve your investment game, all you need to do is find a reliable source online to follow for investment advice. You can also find different master classes on wide-ranging topics—from stock market investments to derivatives trading while sitting at home.
There’s no doubt that technology has changed how personal finance works for us. It has empowered us with the tools that make us more financially equipped from saving to investing. We should make sincere efforts to learn to use these tools efficiently and make the most of these to manage our finances better.
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