5 Tips To Take Care Of Your Finances In 2017
16 Dec 2016
A new year means a fresh start, it means reflection and the chance to do things better than last year. Financially speaking, the new year is a time when we check our finances are we figure out where we are now and where we want to be this time next year.
By making small changes now, you can start the new year with a fresh budget and a plan to get your spendings and savings back on track. Since I know that this is easier said than done, I've put together a list of tips that will help you save more, spend less and eventually bring you financial success.
1. Set your financial goals - Research shows that we're more likely to achieve our goals if we write them down, so start with a clean plan of action. It is important that you keep your goals realistic, attainable and time oriented. To make it even easier for you to follow them, split them into smaller parts that will lead you to success.
2. Set up your budget for 2017 - This is a powerful tool that will help you see where you want your money to go over the next 12 months. If you do your best and stick to it, you can achieve your financial goals with ease.
3. Say goodbye to excess spending - It is very easy to lose track on how much we spend on unnecessary things every day. Try to keep track of all the things that you want to buy that are not a necessity and look for ways to economise or cheaper alternatives. If you keep this up, you will see that at the end of each month you saved more money that you would have imagined and by the end of the year your savings account will be quite a pretty sight.
4. Pick the best savings account - Do you have plans to save for something special this year? Maybe to go on a dream holiday, or upgrade your car, or maybe you just want to save some money for unexpected situations. Whatever you're thinking of, now it's the perfect time to get your savings going. Try to find the best savings account that will fit your needs and desires and start saving, you will be one step closer to achieving your goals.
5. Learn to save money - There are plenty of everyday situations where we could save some money if we want to. For example, instead of going off for lunch tomorrow, why don't you pack a few sandwiches from home? Or maybe you can take the bus to work, or even walk if the distance allows it, instead of taking the car. These are just a few examples of little things that can add plenty of money to our savings if we would do them more often.
Ultimately, the steps to saving more money are fairly simple. It’s the implementation that can be a challenge. But, if you get a solid head start in January, you’ll gain savings momentum that can last throughout the year.