Life can be a real balancing act. With so many demands on your time and energy it can be tricky to stay on top of everything – including managing your money. Getting more organised is a great way to reduce pressure and give you peace of mind.
It can feel like there are never enough hours in the day, and like there’s never a good time to have a proper look at your finances. However, it may not take as long as you think – and you could quickly see real benefits. Why not try:
Staying on top of your finances is much easier when you set a realistic budget you can stick to – you might find an online budget calculator a handy time-saver. Ideally, your budget should:
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Budgets aren’t set in stone. Lifestyles, priorities and circumstances change, so it’s useful to review it regularly so you can adjust gradually – or react quickly if necessary.
When you’re familiar with exactly what you spend and where, unexpected costs or setbacks can be easier to cope with. You’ll know exactly where you might be able to cut back for a while. It also means you’ll be better placed to plan for the things you really want out of life – perhaps saving for a holiday, a mortgage or your retirement.
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