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2020 is the year I take control of my finances. I’ve talked before on this blog t how I’ve had to learn how to run a household, budget etc. and I am set and am determined to do a good job. It is especially important to me to set a good example for my kids and teach them to save early on.
Allstate has three extremely helpful articles on this: Creating a Money Management Plan, Bad Financial Habits to Avoid, and Be Prepared with an Emergency Fund. From these articles I’ve come up with the following financial plan for myself for 2020:
- Track what I spend- I downloaded the Clarity app to keep track of where my money goes.
- I’m also going to be better about collecting my receipts! This is extremely important for taxes as well.
- Set a Budget- this is huge for me! I have not been great at budgeting anything in the past and am focused on budgeting the household and my business much more strictly moving forward.
- Once the budget is set, it’s smart to revisit that budget every single month to see how it’s working and if any changes need to be made.
- Set financial goals. I have monthly and yearly financial goals, as well as rewards set up for when I hit those goals.
- Set a 5, 10- and 15-year plan.
- DO NOT EMOTIONAL SHOP. I’m yelling at me, not you. I have a terrible habit of shopping when I’m upset, and I have to break it.
- Have an Emergency Fund- 3-6 months of expenses should be kept in this fund.
- Do not rely on credit cards if an emergency should pop up!
I don’t know about you, but I am actually excited about this plan and for 2020 to be a financial success!
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