From updating your wardrobe to cleaning and reviving your goals, spring is the ideal time to reorganise your life, including your finances. Use these 5 Rs to revamp your budget and financial health.
Make a firm commitment to improve your finances. You can write this down or ask your loved ones to hold you accountable by sharing your plans.
Reorganise all your financial documents. With National Wills Week falling in September this year, from the 13th to the 17th, a valid and updated will is a great place to start, followed by your bank statements, insurance policies and statements from loans and store accounts. Use a spreadsheet or an app like 22seven to keep track of your expenses and debt.
Evaluate your current financial situation, develop a financial recovery plan, then implement your plan. Repeat. For example, listing all your financial issues (e.g. debt) and then talking to your financial adviser is a good place to start.
Make a commitment to pay yourself first and allocate money to your emergency and retirement funds. Even if you restart your savings with just R100, it’s better than nothing.
5. Reach out
Remember, your financial coach is available to guide and assist you. If you have any queries about the above, contact your Interface financial coach here.
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Have you ever reached into your bowl of chips while watching a movie only to find you had eaten them all? Being mindful about your money prevents the same thing happening with your finances…
Mindfulness can be defined as being fully aware of and immersed in moment-to-moment experiences. Money mindfulness is the act of being deliberate about every cent you spend, earn and save. These 3 steps can help you become more aware of your spending habits, uncover your subconscious feelings towards money and guide you towards better budgeting.
1. Become aware of your beliefs about money
Pay attention to the motivation behind your spending. Do you feel resentfulness, loss, anxiety? The way you feel about money has the potential to impact your decisions. For example, you may not have an emergency fund because you believe you don’t have much money to save, or you may feel anxious every time you buy something because you don’t budget for specific purchases.
2. Take notes
Becoming more mindful of your money by tracking your spending in a financial app on your phone or in a money journal can be a life-changing practice. Write down where every cent is going to get an idea of your spending habits. This will help you figure out if you’re overspending or if you’re saving enough. With a budget that makes provision for consistent savings, it’s easier to make the right decisions day by day and to cultivate new habits that contribute to your financial success.
3. Take control
Once you’re aware of your financial habits, take control of your future by making changes. Cultivate better spending habits by:
For example, if you’ve found that you’ve been overspending on unnecessary expenses, such as a subscription you aren’t using, save that money instead. And before splurging on an item you may not need, ask yourself if you’ll regret it later.
Remember, your financial coach can help you and is ready to provide assistance.
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