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5 Ways To Be Better With Your Money This Year

A new year is a great time to check over your finances and determine your short and long-term goals. While many people want to spend less and save more, following through is the hardest part. Here are 5 simple ways to be better with your money this year.

Track spending on non-essentials

Your essential expenses rarely vary month-to-month, such as rent, mortgage repayments, groceries and car maintenance. However, non-essential purchases can have a significant impact on your saving goals. Think takeaway food, tickets and coffees. By tracking spending, you can figure out the best ways to save money. You might find that you’re spending several hundred a month eating out and might forego a meal out or choose a less-expensive restaurant.

Use the 24-hour rule for purchases

With online shopping so prevalent now, it is very easy to find yourself browsing your favourite stores. A great way to avoid impulse purchases and wasteful spending it to implement the 24-hour rule – wait 24 hours before purchasing an item. Take the time to decide if you genuinely want or need the item. Chances are you will decide that you don’t need it. If you still really want it after the 24 hours, you know that it will be a worthwhile purchase. For more expensive items, consider a one-month rule.

Get a money buddy

Money is a taboo topic for most people. However, talking about money can help you reach your goals and feel a little less alone. Trying to achieve financial goals can seem never-ending, and people may become disheartened. Find a friend, family member or co-worker who has the same financial goals as you, and pair up to motivate and keep each other accountable.

Enlist the help of professionals

Guidance can be essential to financial success and saving more. At The Farm Protectors, our strategic advisers will help you reach your goals, improve your health and ensure you have adequate protection against any future contingencies.

We’re here to help you reach your goals, now and into the future. Take strides this year to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.

How to Get Your Finances in Shape at Every Stage of Life

As you go through life, your financial goals will shift and change. Very few people have the same goals as they did a few years ago. Below is a general guide for how to get your finances in shape at every life stage.

20s

You might not be earning a whole lot of money in your 20s, but it is the time to get good habits in place. Your focus should be on creating a budget and sticking to it, resisting the urge to borrow to supplement your income. Once you’ve mastered your budget, you’ll want to start building some savings. Saving will give you the financial freedom to make smarter choices about what to do with your money. It is a good idea to start by creating an emergency fund.

30s

Your 30s might feel like a constant battle of working to pay the bills. You will need to be strict with your budget to ensure that you can meet your short-term goals (like a holiday with the kids) and your long-term retirement goals. You will need to consider how important your goals are and be realistic about the timeframe you want to achieve them.

40s

At this stage in your life, you will likely be reaching your maximum earning potential and will have some substantial financial commitments, such as a mortgage. Many people struggle with lifestyle creep in their 40s. Lifestyle creep is the gradual increase in spending as your wage increases. This often results in extra purchasing, at the detriment of your savings. Before making purchases, you need to ensure you stick to your budget and prioritise purchases, so you can still save for retirement.

50s

Your 50s should be all about maximising your superannuation. If your balance is low, you might find that you need to implement a strict budget to get back on track. Think about making contributions right up to the concessional cap.

The team at The Farm Protectors are here to help, whatever stage of life you are at. We can provide guidance on budgeting, savings, and retirement planning. Contact us today.