This monthās theme is āGet Activeā! Most people will think this applies to your health and fitness ā But here at Goodlife, weāre applying this to your financial health and wellbeing!
How can you āGet Activeā and get your financial lives in ship-shape order? Letās look at one powerful and helpful tip:
Why do we put so much importance on āBudgetingā? Itās essential that you know where your money is going and whether thereās any room for discipline. Just like youād start your exercise regime with stretching ā Budgeting is the starting point for personal financial success!
Do you track what you spend your money on? It probably wouldnāt surprise you to learn that almost every Kiwi Mum and Dad I meet, doesnāt budget or have any mechanism in place to track spending. This is the first port-of-call we look at when working with our clients. Thereāre plenty of options available to you out there from software to spreadsheets to writing it all down in a book! Utilise free software here are the Sorted website.
The New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting ServicesĀ also has some great online tools that you can use to help you track your spending and plan your budget. They also offer free budgeting services if you are struggling with your finances.
Or, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and Iāll send you the spreadsheet that I personally use every week. It just takes me 10 minutes! All you need to do is download your statement and tick off each item after youāve entered it ā Easy! I can also provide you with a list of categories to itemise your spending.
The first thing you need to look out for is whether youāre www.sorted.org.nz/home/sorted-sections/kiwisaver/key-featuresspending more than you earn. Unfortunately this is common in NZ. Once youāve got an understanding of your weekly, monthly, or annual spend, you can check this against your net income (take home pay) to see if thereās a surplus. Here is a great website to find out what your net income is:
Once you know whether or not youāre coming out with a surplus, you can then think about a savings plan! And thatās what weāre here to help you with personally. Remember, thereās plenty of financial assistance along the way to add to your savings from places like the Government and various tax effective strategies.
Good luck with getting active with your finances this month!