One of the most common questions we get asked as advisors is how to handle all the changes that life throws at you and still feel on top of your finances. Below we’ve compiled the habits that our happiest and most successful clients have done that keeps them on track!
- They schedule consistent appointments with us to monitor their financial plan
Plans have a certain amount of uncertainty built in. No one can accurately predict the future. Even if there is a 95% chance of success, that 5% chance is when something knocks the plan off course. You also don’t know what life will throw at you. New job opportunity across the country? New baby? Plans require constant monitoring to keep it on track and make adjustments to see it through.
- They keep close track of their spending
The most basic principle of saving money is to spend less than you make but what if you don’t know how? Or what if you don’t even know where to start?
We talk about watching your budget all the time. The reason is that it’s easy to convince yourself you aren’t spending as much as you think you are, particularly when you are denying your desires while you shop. Your brain will say things like “I didn’t buy that $700 couch so this $100 pair of pants is my reward” when in fact you may not be able to get the pants either and you still overspend.
- They max out their retirement savings
If you are working and can contribute to a 401k, your goal should be working towards maxing out your contribution. Once that is accomplished, you should work towards maxing out your Roth/IRA contributions—while most likely not tax deductible, you still get tax deferred growth.
- They keep an open mind to new possibilities
This doesn’t mean getting on the new hot IPO or investment trends. This means staying the course for long-term investing which in turn may mean taking steps that you hadn’t previously considered. You have to be open to the idea that this may help your situation!
- They schedule time to work on their finances
Sitting down at your computer to look at your budget or call the Social Security Administration about benefits isn’t exactly everyone’s idea of fun. If you track your budget and meet with yourself (and spouse if applicable) the 3rd week of every month. You will know where to cut back and where you are saving and set new goals for the next month. It works! Commit to the process and you will be amazed!
- They look for ways to save
You don’t need to be an extreme couponer to save. You can shop sales or take advantage of seasonal discounts and deals. Memorial Day or Labor Day sales are great examples.
- They ask questions
Don’t be afraid to ask! You should feel free to ask your Financial Advisor 1,000,000 questions. You SHOULD feel comfortable about the plan. If we don’t have the answer we will find out! And finally have some fun along the way!
The opinions voiced are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.