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Control Your Finances The Easy Way

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Too much month at the end of the money? Many people are faced with the problem of running out of money before their next payday. This is usually because they don’t take the time to organize their incomings and outgoings and end up wondering what happened to their money. There are solutions to help you control your finances which have helped me over the years and now I want to share them with you so you can learn to control your finances the easy way.

MAKE A LIST OF YOUR MONTHLY BILLS

Monthly bills consist of things such as rent, electric, water, council tax and gas. These are bills that are usually the same amount every month. Make a list of all the bills you pay every month along with how much you are paying for each one. Now add up the figures so you know how much you are paying each month in total. If a bill ranges between two amounts then write down the higher amount. For example if you pay between £50 and £70 for electricity then write down £70. You can find the amounts by reading through your bills or bank statements.

Some Electric and Gas companies give you the option of paying a single monthly payment. This way they can monitor how much gas or electricity you are using and adjust your monthly payment accordingly. It is good if you take this option so you only need to add the extra money when they increase or decrease the direct debit. The companies don’t mind you going into debt with your gas in the winter as your payments will reduce the debt in the summer months if you don’t use your heating.

SET UP DIRECT DEBITS

Direct debits allow companies to take the money direct from your account when the bill is due. Once you know how much you need to pay on bills each month you can leave that amount in your account or transfer the full amount to another account if you want to use a separate one for bills. Companies will inform you of any increases so you can adjust the amount you pay. If possible choose the same day for the payment to come out if you are paid monthly, or the nearest day, which is useful if you have all your outgoings coming out of the same account.

Note: these companies can only take out what has been authorised so you don’t have to worry about extra money being paid out. There are also times when they may take the payments 2-3 days earlier because of the direct debit date falling on a weekend or a bank holiday so make sure your money is in your account in advance. Call the companies you pay to set up direct debits. You can actually save money with the direct debit method as you get offered discounts.

MULTIPLE BANK ACCOUNTS

Your bank allows you to open multiple current or checking accounts which you can use for various purposes such as spending and bills. Use one of your accounts for your monthly bills and set up your direct debits to come out of this account. Transfer the total amount of money you need to pay bills into this account once a month and you’ll know that the bills are sorted for the month. I would recommend that you add extra money onto the total so you don’t have to worry about going overdrawn. It may also be a good idea to have a small overdraft on the account in case you need it.

You can also use an account for your general spending needs such as groceries and fuel. I recommend you have your salary transferred into this account – so after transferring the bill money everything left is yours to spend. You can also use this account as a savings account by letting your money stay in there and spending only what you need. Anything left over by Payday can be classed as savings.

If you prefer you can have a separate savings account where you can transfer a set monthly amount or have it done automatically via a standing order. Or you can manually transfer anything left over from last month. It is always recommend having some money saved in case you need it. You never know when there is going to be an emergency or a situation where you need extra money. You could choose an amount you can comfortably save and consider it a monthly bill.

SET SPENDING BUDGETS

Sometimes we can be too reckless with money. Imagine walking into the store with the children in tow and they start adding things to the basket. Imagine seeing something on offer and grabbing as many as you can or picking up something you didn’t really need but it was a bargain. After putting money aside for the bills it is recommend you set yourself a spending budget. For example you may only have £400 left for the month so you could limit yourself to £100 spending per week. Make sure you have the things you really need before you start spending and use the leftover for treats.

You can save money by focusing on the most important purchases for the week and buying certain things in bulk. Buying a six pack of baked beans might be cheaper than buying six separate cans. If you like to drink buy a few cans to drink at home and cut down your time in pubs and bars. If you use public transport try buying a travel pass to save money on paying fares separately. Try taking a packed lunch to work. Basically, if you don’t really need it then don’t buy it.

PAYING DEBTS

The longer you have a credit card or loan debt the more interest you pay. If you have debts then there are ways to keep them under control and save money.

  1. If you have more than one credit card then consider a balance transfer. By transferring all your credit card balances onto one credit card you can get a lower interest rate and a lower monthly payment which will make it easier and faster to pay off.
  2. Use any savings to pay towards the debt. This will save you money on interest payments and reduce the debt faster. If you have extra money then try and clear the smaller debts off first to get rid of them so you have extra money for the bigger debts.
  3. Consider a consolidation loan from the bank. You can borrow enough to pay off all your other debts and just pay one set monthly payment by direct debit. By reducing the number of debt payments to one loan payment you can end up with extra money each month.
  4. If you can’t get a loan then consider an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA). This allows the interest to be frozen on all your unsecured debts and you pay a set monthly amount as much as you can afford for five years. This doesn’t apply to secured loans such as car finance.

I hope this article benefits you in some way. I have personally lost lots of money over the years through debt and reckless spending and I have finally sorted myself out. I have no debts and money in the bank. And I hope you get to this point too.

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Will Crypto Market Aim For the Moon, After The Current Fall?

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Will Crypto Market Aim For the Moon, After The Current Fall?
  • Many cryptocurrencies hit record highs in April.
  • Few analysts believe this crash will eventually be overlooked.

With a new all-time high for Bitcoin, legislative discussions that may affect the sector, and more institutional buy-in from large businesses, the cryptocurrency market has gone through so much this year. Despite this, interest in Crypto has soared this year.

But the sector is young and growing. Long-term trends are difficult to forecast, but experts will focus on topics like regulation. Also, institutional crypto payment usage in the next months to better understand the industry.

This month’s crypto market collapse saw several major digital currencies decrease in value. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other popular cryptocurrencies lost value in the recent market collapse.

Many cryptocurrencies hit record highs in April, with Bitcoin hitting over $50,000 before major falls during the summer.

According to Coinbase, Bitcoin’s value has increased 335.91 percent in the past year, despite the crypto collapses of May 19 and June 8. The total price is now far below the mid-April highs, but well over the same time last year.

In 2021, mainstream businesses across sectors showed interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain. And some even invested. According to AMC, Bitcoin payments will be accepted before the end of this year. PayPal and Square, for example, are betting on Crypto by enabling consumers to purchase on their platforms.

The market wants to climb to the moon, according to Twitter Crypto Analyst and co-Founder of @PACcoinOfficial David Gokhshtein.

David’s Tweet:

Future of Crypto

Many analysts believe this crash will eventually be overlooked, and new highs will be made following the wide-adoption rate of Crypto in all sectors. 

NFT sales soared in August, according to the biggest platform for the burgeoning digital asset class, as investor’s wagered increasing interest in the arts, sports, and media. Many people, puzzled as to why so much money, spended on things that do not exist physically.

The demand and craze for the Crypto and increasing upgrades to DeFi. Along with nations starting to approve Crypto as a legal tender, shows the future of Crypto has a long way to go, and one can predict moon is not too far for the crypto market.

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TA: Bitcoin Revisits $45K, Why Dips Turn Attractive In Short-term

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Bitcoin price extended its increase above the $44,000 level against the US Dollar. BTC traded close to $45,000 and it might correct lower in the short-term.

  • Bitcoin started a recovery wave above the $43,000 and $43,000 resistance levels.
  • The price is now trading above $44,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a key rising channel forming with support near $44,250 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair could correct lower towards the $43,500 support zone and the 100 hourly SMA.

Bitcoin Price Extends Increase

Bitcoin price started a decent increase above the $43,000 level. BTC remained well bid and it managed to clear the $44,000 resistance level plus the 100 hourly simple moving average.

The price even climbed above the $44,500 level and traded close to the $45,000 level. A high is formed near $44,934 and the price is now correcting lower. There was a break below the $44,500 and $44,400 levels.

An immediate support is near the $44,300 level. There is also a key rising channel forming with support near $44,250 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. The pair is also well above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent wave from the $39,580 swing low to $44,934 high.

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

On the upside, an immediate resistance is near the $44,800 level. The first major resistance is near the $45,000 level. A clear break above the $44,800 and $45,000 levels could start another increase. The next major resistance is near the $46,200 zone, above which the price could rise towards the $47,000 resistance.

Dips Limited In BTC?

If bitcoin fails to clear the $45,000 resistance zone, it could start a fresh decline. An immediate support on the downside is near the $44,300 level.

The next major support is near the $44,250 zone and the channel trend line. A downside break below the channel support could lead the price towards the $43,500 support zone or the 100 hourly simple moving average. Any more losses could lead the price towards the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent wave from the $39,580 swing low to $44,934 high at $42,250.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is slowly losing pace in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is still above the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $44,250, followed by $43,500.

Major Resistance Levels – $44,800, $45,000 and $46,200.

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Bitcoin.org Hacked By Scammers For A Few Minutes. Someone Sent Them 0.4 BTC

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Bitcoin.org hacked website

Hackers took over the Bitcoin.org website and displayed the classic double your money scam for a few minutes today. Apparently, it was a DNS hack. Luckily, the Bitcoin community took notice and alerted Cobra, the pseudonymous website owner, as well as the company that hosted the domain. A few minutes later, Bitcoin.org was down. Sadly, a credulous person was faster than them and sent 0.4 BTC to the displayed address… or did he?

The transaction exists, but there’s a rumor that it might’ve been the scammers themselves, trying to make the operation look reputable. Just like a busker who put some change in his hat to encourage others to contribute. However, that’s just a rumor. Someone might’ve been scammed.

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In any case, everybody else should thank Matt Corallo, a Bitcoin Core contributor who took it upon himself to contact the domain name registrars and managed to convince them to temporarily take down the site before some catastrophe happened. 

What Does The Bitcoin.org Owner Think About All Of This?

When Cobra announced the Bitcoin.org hack, he or she said, “Currently looking into how the hackers put up the scam modal on the site.” So far, there’s no information on that. Cobra also said that Bitcoin.org “May be down for a few days,” but luckily that wasn’t necessary.

Earlier in the day, Cobra contacted via Twitter their new hosting company Cloudflare and told them that the website has never been hacked, and now that he moved to their servers, this happened. The company responded, and eventually, the original tweet disappeared.  

BTC price chart for 09/23/2021 on Bittrex | Source: BTC/USD on TradingView.com

Does This Have Anything To Do With Craig Wright AKA Faketoshi Nakamoto?

A few months ago, both Cobra and Bitcoin.org made worldwide news. Craig Wright, Australian entrepreneur and Satoshi Nakamoto cosplay artist, got a UK court to order the website to remove the Bitcoin Whitepaper from its servers. At the time, Yahoo! finance informed:

“Cobra, the pseudonymous creator of the Bitcoin.org website, has been ordered by London’s High Court to discontinue hosting its copy of the Bitcoin white paper.

Citing copyright infringement brought forward by nChain Chief Scientist Craig Wright, the judge had no option but to rule a default judgment because Cobra chose not to make an appearance.”

Does the hack have anything to do with Craig Wright? There’s not a single clue to indicate that, but, rumors are flying. He’s the only one incentivized to attack Bitcoin.org, they say. However, 0.4 BTC is a pretty great incentive. Maybe the scammers were just interested in scamming.

Related Reading | Craig Wright Wins Lawsuit On Bitcoin.org Hosting Bitcoin Whitepaper

In any case, to close all the loops, Yahoo quotes Cobra explaining why he chose not to make an appearance in court:

“Unfortunately the court rules allowed for me to be sued pseudonymously, however, I couldn’t defend myself pseudonymously. So I was put in an impossible situation of losing my privacy or losing the case in a default judgment.”

So, to sum it all up, Bitcoin.org is back up again and no one scammed you. All is well that ends well. 

Featured Image: Screenshoot from the hacked website | Charts by TradingView

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Bhutan Partners With Ripple to Deploy Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)

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Bhutan Partners With Ripple to Deploy Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)