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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

9 Steps To Get You Financially Secure For The Future

When it comes to leading a secure and safe life, financial security is one of the most vital aspects. Financial security doesn’t mean that you have to have tonnes of riches in the bank, however, it does mean that you are able to meet your everyday expenses as well as having a substantial amount of money to be able to tackle any unpleasant financial situation you may come across, such as losing your job, or your roof needs to be replaced, etc.

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If you want to achieve and reach financial security in your life, you need to make sure you are on top of it and don’t ignore the fact you need to be mindful and take action.

Have a look below at nine of the steps that will help you to become financially secure for the future:

Begin With A Good Plan

You’re not going to become financially secure if you don’t have a plan to get you there. You need to set your plan in place and in motion as early as you possibly can. There is no precise age that you should start your plan either, in fact, starting young (around 30) could be one of the best decisions you make especially if you know you are going to be financially secure by the time you are 40.

You need to set yourself a budget that meets your current financial demand and also meets the needs of your future, without any major compromises to your necessities in life. Think about your target amount and include any daily requirements and try to include future financial emergencies.

Set Your Budget

Now let’s get this straight from the start, this doesn’t mean you are going to or have to live to the same budget for your entire life, a budget is something that is adapted as your go on.

Setting a budget is your way of having control of your expenses and any surplus. The income you have isn’t what is most important. It’s the way you spend your money that is really important.

You really do need to set a budget if you want to give yourself a chance of having a financially secure future. If you sometimes feel as though your budget is having an effect on your current expenses, remember never to give up. If you can, you should look for ways to up your income. If you abandon your budget, it will put a huge dampener on your goals. You should aim to reduce your personal expenses, get rid of any unnecessary expenses, and increase your income. Do remember not to make it too restrictive to the point where you struggle and feel like you are always saying no.

Review your budget regularly, especially when you have big lifestyle changes such as a new relationship, having children, an additional income, a new job, or moving home. Using websites such as pigly.com can really help you to look at your finances realistically.

Get Rid Of Bad Debt

If it is possible, you need to aim to get rid of your bad debts. In particular, you should target your most expensive debts first. This is the dent that holds the highest interest rate, usually credit cards. Bad best also includes purchasing items with credit, things that don’t increase in value over time, no profit in the future, such as a car, house appliance, hotels, holidays, luxury items, entertainment, and others. 

It may sound boring, however, these costs can bring a lot of unnecessary costs, especially if you could have saved for it and bought it outright if you waited a little longer to make the purchase. If you find you have a large number of bad debts like those above, it could be a sign that you are spending more than what your income can realistically allow.

Manage Surplus Income

Surplus income in the part of your income that is left over once your living expenses are removed. You can work this out using your budget. Your surplus needs to be managed carefully if it isn’t, you risk it slipping away from you and getting spent on silly things. If you figure out your surplus over the space of a year, you may be surprised by the nice figure it gives you.

Ideally, you should have a goal to incest or save your money sensibly. Put any surplus every month into a separate savings account.  Sit back and watch it grow year by year. It also acts as a safety net for anything unexpected such as a job loss or an unexpected loss.

Automated Savings

Set yourself an automatic savings percentage to leave your account every month. Ideally, it should come directly from your pay on the day that you get paid. This way you will get used to that amount not been included in your wage and it will become unnoticeable. If you can set it up to go somewhere that will be difficult to withdraw from such as a savings account with a limited amount of withdrawals or with a fixed deposit amount to secure a good APR.

Because you are doing it on payday each month you will be able to save the required amount irrespective of any difficult situation. These types of accounts also make it much less easy to withdraw your funds if you are tempted by a luxury item.

Avoid Taking Risks

You need to completely avoid taking any silly risk with your Surplus income that has been saved. This surplus money is going to serve you very well in the future. Thereof you need to ensure you don’t take any silly risks that are unnecessary If you listen to investment opportunities and get drawn into things that are promising you a return on your investment, it could be a foolish decision and lead you to disaster. If you do want to take some risks make sur they are small and never use your entire savings. 

Think About Your Retirement

There is never a time that is too early to start making suitable retirement plans. They should be done as early as possible. However, at the latest, you should have started something by the time you are 30. This will enable you to have enough time to build a good enough amount for the time you come of age to retire. Starting as early as possible will mean that you get the maximum benefit.

Look At Your Tax

Paying more taxes than you are entitled to, is simply throwing your money away. And paying more tax won’t mean that you should avoid paying taxes, that it is plainly illegal. However, it does mean that you should claim everything you are entitled to and gain the rewards for your future.

Protecting Your Assets

You should always make sure you protect yourself and your assets using the right insurance policies. You can also look at trusts, especially if you have children that you want looking after once you’re gone. Look at protections such as life insurance, critical illness cover, car insurance, home insurance, and pet insurance to get you started. Having this protection in place can help to protect your savings and prevent you from having to start again with your financial security.

These nine steps will help you to get financially secure and feel confident that you aren’t going to need to worry in the future. Is there anything that you are doing now to make sure your future is financially stable? Please share some of your ideas in the comments section.

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