At times it can feel difficult to get out of bed in the morning. It seems each day the financial landscape changes at a rapid rate. We are continually faced with challenges that seem to be never ending.
Whether it’s COVID-19 and its continual spread (here in Australia and abroad), the uncertainty of the Russian/Ukrainian war and world peace, rapidly rising inflation across the globe, the increasing severity and frequency of natural disasters as a result of global warming or global supply issues increasing the cost of living, it is easy to feel like not getting out of bed in the morning.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. There are small measures you can take to protect you and your family’s financial wellbeing. This will ensure that you continue to have a comfortable night’s sleep and are rested and ready to tackle a new day head-on!
There are 5 simple steps to improve your financial resilience:
Spend within your means
Create a budget and spend within your means. Allow for flexibility when big life moments happen (buying a property, having a baby to name a few).
Prioritise your debt
It is always good to clear any debt, however, paying the debt with the highest interest rate will decrease debt faster. If you stick to this principle, the sooner you will pay off the amount borrowed. High interest credit cards are always a good place to start.
The 50/30/20 budgeting rule
Life is short, so you do not want to miss opportunities to enjoy yourself. Using this method, you can use 50% of your salary for essentials (groceries, bills etc.), 30% for wants and 20% to build
your long-term savings.
Build your emergency fund
Life can throw unexpected expenses your way, so it’s always wise to be prepared. Having an emergency fund (usually between three to six months of your salary) will mean you are adequately prepared for life’s unexpected moments.
Use extra cash wisely
Sometimes life provides an unexpected windfall. While it is important to treat yourself from time to time, it is also important to put this extra money to work. Whether it is paying your debt off faster, saving more for retirement or propping up your emergency fund, utilise your money wisely.
How you feel about your finances can play a pivotal role in your everyday wellbeing. Having your finances in order can ensure that you have the extra spring in your step to tackle life and all of its challenges head-on.
Studies have shown, that those who prioritise financial wellbeing are more inclined to be healthy and live happier and more fulfilling lives.
As Guns ‘N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler once said; “You can have all the riches and success in the world, but if you don’t have your health, you have nothing.”
Please note this article provides general advice only and has not taken your personal, business or financial circumstances into consideration. If you would like more tailored advice, please contact us today.