Monday 7 November 2022

Achieving Financial Peace in Your Household

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AD: Picture this: You are finally debt-free after years of hard work and sacrifice. Your emergency fund is fully funded, and you have a healthy savings account. You're making good money, and you're investing for your future. Life is good! Sounds like a dream, right? But then, something happens that throws your entire financial plan off track. Unexpected bills pile up, your car breaks down, or you have to take time off from work to care for a family member.

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Suddenly, you find yourself struggling financially once again. So how can you achieve financial peace in your household when life keeps throwing curveballs at you? Keep reading to find out!

Live below your means: 

This is easier said than done, but it's crucial if you want to achieve financial peace. You need to be mindful of your spending and ensure you're not overspending on things you don't need. Live within your means and only spend money on what is absolutely necessary. Perhaps try "no spend weeks" where you only buy essentials and avoid any unplanned for spending. Or another tip is to sit down and look at all the "little things" you are actually buying and spending on each month. These small spends soon add up without you even realising, tipping you over the edge of living within your means.

Have an emergency fund: 

Unexpected bills happen to everyone, so it's essential to have a savings account that you can tap into when these types of situations arise. Aim to save at least 3-6 months of living expenses so that you're covered if something unexpected arises.

Of course, this isn't going to happen overnight, especially if you don't have much money "spare" in the beginning. However, it is always worth starting, even if it's only £20 a week to begin with and then increase this as you become a little more money stable. Any savings are better than no savings and even a small amount could help if you find yourself with no money for electricity etc.

Invest for the future: 

Thinking about the future can be daunting and we often try to focus on today rather than what might happen in the future, However, it's important to think about your future long-term financial goals and invest accordingly. Whether you're saving for retirement or a child's education, make sure you're doing everything you can to reach your goals. 

Writing your goals down can help, or if you feel it would help to separate your goals and savings to your everyday spend, set up another bank account where you keep your invested money and just do not touch it.

Make a budget: 

Budgeting may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but it's necessary if you want to achieve financial peace. Track your income and expenses so that you know where your money is going each month. This will help you make adjustments to your spending if necessary.

As mentioned above you could try "no spend weeks" where you only spend on the things you had planned so no trips to the shops that aren't planned for or spontaneous takeaways! One thing to remember though is to be realistic with your budget. If you know you're going to be driving to work each day for example but only set aside £10 for petrol, it's obvious this isn't going to work. So, write everything down and be realistic.

Manage your debt better: 

If you're struggling with debt, it's essential to devise a plan to control it. This may include making more than the minimum payments, consolidating your debt, or considering a debt management program. Whatever route you decide to take, make sure you research and understand all the risks involved.

People that really need help with debt usually reach out to a credit counselling or debt management company. These are companies that work with your creditors to create a plan that fits your budget and helps you get out of debt within a certain time frame, usually 3-5 years. Credit counselling services are typically offered for free or for a nominal fee, while debt management plans may have monthly fees.

Live with intention: 

Don't let your life just happen to you - live with intention! Know what your goals are and work towards them each day. When it comes to your finances, this means being mindful of your spending and making choices that will help you reach your long-term goals.

Making these changes in your life won't happen overnight, but if you're committed to achieving financial peace, they will go a long way in helping you reach your goals. Of course, it takes time and effort, but achieving financial peace in your household is possible - even when life throws curveballs at you!


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