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March 1st, 2024 09:26

Introduction

For many individuals, becoming financially free is a dream come true. Having a growing nest fund that will enable you to retire or pursue the job you want to without being constrained by having to earn a certain amount each year means having enough savings, investments, and cash on hand to afford the lifestyle you want for yourself and your family.

Unfortunately, most colleges and universities do not offer personal economics or money management courses. Many children lack primary financial education, making it difficult to manage their finances, ask for credit, and avoid debt. Things are now altering. Students in high school now have the option to select personal finance and begin their financial path by obtaining a complete picture of their finances.

Therefore, the following are a few methods you can use to begin your financial journey:

Set a budget

Your money will always find a means to spend itself unless you make a plan. Stop putting it off! It may be tedious or even upsetting, but it works.

Review your monthly income, outgoing costs, and financial objectives first. Then, plan, take out as many expenses as possible, and get to work. Keep in mind to review frequently or whenever your circumstances alter. Use a tool or app to track your spending, and don't neglect to include goals for saving money and paying down debt. Don't just read this and bow your head; do it. 

When you create a limit for yourself, be reasonable. Sticking to a very restrictive budget with no space for personal discretion might be challenging. If you deviate from such a strict budget, you risk becoming discouraged and giving up entirely. Instead of building up savings, you'll have a mountain of paralyzing self-doubt. As with everything else, planning your budget with self-compassion will pay off in the long term.

Create a rainy day fund

Establishing an emergency fund will give you a cosy cushion to lean on when difficult circumstances strike, which they inevitably will. A contingency fund equal to six months of salary may be adequate if you are a salaried worker. Your SOS fund should probably be enough to cover your costs for at least a year if you don't have a regular income or you live with dependents.

In case of a catastrophe, your emergency fund should offer instant liquidity—quick cash. We do not suggest storing your emergency supplies in a discoloured Bournvita tin. Spreading out your emergency fund among several instruments that offer immediate liquidity, such as a savings account, readily convertible fixed deposits, liquid funds, and ultra short-term bond funds, is something you might want to do. All these will guarantee you make a small profit over and above what you save.

Set up automatic deductions

Set up regular transfers from your checking account to your savings. If you make 401(k) contributions, you know how simple it is to get used to automatically having money taken out of your salary. Why not apply this logic to your other financial objectives? Automatic transfers from checking to savings, whether you're saving for a house, a child's college, or a vacation fund, will amass money without worrying too much.

Build a cash cushion

Keep moving forward despite a cash emergency. You should ideally keep three to six months' worth of essential expenses in cash on board as a buffer. Unthinkable, you say? Remember number 1? Decide how much you can contribute each month to your emergency fund, and automatically transfer that amount to a savings account designated just for that use. You can use these savings to pay for other things once you've achieved your objective.

Invest like a pro

Use an automatic investment advisory service if you lack the time or knowledge to track and rebalance your assets. Allow experts to create and manage your portfolio by your objectives without the hassle.

Designate funds for emergencies

Paying yourself first is a wise financial maxim to live by. It means setting aside a modest sum each month for an emergency fund. An emergency fund should ideally have enough money to cover your expenses for three to six months. Even if you have a tonne of student loan debt or low pay, adhere strictly to this guideline. It helps you avoid financial difficulties and encourages you to develop a lifelong saving practice. You can frequently remain motivated and make regular contributions by setting up distinct buckets for your retirement, vacation, or down payment for a home.

Many people make money online for free without making any investments, which they can use for emergencies or just to have fun. You could also deposit your money in accounts with high-interest rates, like the one provided by IDFC FIRST Bank.

Stay Organized

To aid in better forecasting and budgeting, develop the habit of keeping account of your expenses. Use budgeting or money management apps to help you keep track of your revenue and costs to stay organized. Making a financial calendar and setting reminders for significant tasks like taxes, credit card payments, EMIs, and other fixed expenditures are standard practices among professionals. Automating bill payments is another simple way to prevent late fees. Maintain a regular budget review schedule and make any necessary revisions.

Invest in Health Insurance

It makes logic to protect your health first if it is wealth not only by signing up for a gym membership but also by deciding on a strong health insurance plan for you and your family to cover any potential future medical needs. Medical emergencies can result in enormous financial hardships and worry. It is advisable to look into insurance plans early on to avoid the stress of depleting your fixed deposits or selling assets to pay for such costs. After all, maintaining your serenity of mind is just as important as keeping your financial stability.

Separate your bank accounts

Browning advised having a separate checking account to pay your recurring monthly expenses, such as rent or mortgage, electricity, gas, and mobile phone bills.

Determine the overall amount owed and arrange for a transfer of that sum into the account each time you receive payment. Therefore, divide the amount in half and make two transactions if paid twice a month. Use that money towards your recurring expenses at the end of the month.

Tax Planning

Your savings should be invested to make the most effective use of all government benefits. It will enable a person to follow all laws and rules without fines. 

Prioritize your expenses

Your financial requirements wants, and goals should all be clearly understood. To live a happy existence, you should categorize your expenses correctly and distribute your income by that. Keep in mind that while saving is essential, living the life of your choosing is equally important. To prioritize expenditures in a phased manner, one need not be thrifty.

Setting Financial Goals

Financial objectives should be set, along with aims and strategies for achieving them. Separating the short-term and long-term goals makes it easier to have a clear and thorough set of objectives.

Once your financial objective has been established, you can work to achieve it and keep track of monthly, quarterly, and annual milestones that you can use for comparison.

Maintaining Financial Documents

A list of all your financial accounts, investments, bills, insurance plans, and accompanying documentation is required. You have an obligation as a young adult to keep your documents organized, and it helps to prevent fines, payment delays, and numerous other documentation requirements.

Debt Repayment

The majority of young people have debt. It becomes challenging to pay off a debt without a strategy. Your burden will rise due to higher interest rates and a lower credit score. It is preferable to plan your investments to avoid taking out loans in the first place and, if you must do so due to an emergency, that you have a systematic repayment strategy in place.

Retirement Plan

Even if you began working in your early 20s, it is a good idea to start saving for retirement as soon as you get paid. In contrast to earlier generations, retirees today cannot depend on employer- or government-sponsored pension plans to maintain the same standard of living. It's time to think about retirement planning options like mutual fund assets. With SIP, you can begin saving for retirement by investing a set sum each month, building up a sizeable corpus by the time you retire. You can build up a larger retirement fund or even retire sooner than you anticipated by beginning early, investing in the right assets, and increasing your SIP regularly.

Takeaway

Although it is not covered in the secondary school curriculum, financial literacy is one of the most essential skills to have in the workplace. You can advance quickly in your financial management endeavours by taking control of your finances, investing early, setting aside money for emergencies, remaining organized, and purchasing health insurance.

Positive financial change requires ongoing dedication; it is not a one-time event. Making keeping tabs on your finances a healthy practice seems to me to be the key to success. If you start doing these seven things, managing your money will come naturally to you, and you'll be on the road to prosperity for the rest of your life.

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