The holiday season can be a very hectic time. Between family gatherings, shopping for gifts, and even vacations, it can be very easy to lose track of your finances. If you are applying for a life insurance policy, it is important to pay attention to what is important.
With the approaching of a New Year, the holiday season is also a great time to resolve to be more financially responsible. By making just a few simple changes, you can immediately improve your financial position.
Keep track of what you are spending.
Most people prefer to avoid looking at their bank accounts. After all, with the high costs of the holiday season, you may not want to acknowledge just how much you have been spending.
But while tracking your finances may seem to put a bit of a damper on the holiday season, doing so is incredibly important. The more you know about your financial situation, the more likely you will be able to act responsibly.
- Save your receipts whenever possible
- If you are paying for things with a credit card, be sure to monitor your balance
- Keep track of your total expenses occurred in the holiday season—doing so can help you better prepare for next year
The holiday season is a time of year a lot of people want to spend money on those they love. But if you are going to be spending more money than usual, it is important to be conscious of what you are doing.
Create a detailed budget for the upcoming year.
The end of the year is the perfect time to do a thorough financial analysis. Once you understand your financial position, constructing a budget for the next year will be much easier.
- How much money did you earn this year? How much money did you spend?
- Where did you spend more money than you needed to?
- What are your goals for the upcoming year?
Once you can accurately answer these questions, you can begin the process of creating a budget. Though your budget doesn’t necessarily have to be binding, it can certainly help get you pointed in the right direction.
A quality budget will account for how much you need to spend and also account for how much you hope to save. As soon as you can project your surplus income for the upcoming months, you can begin looking at different ways to invest it.
Consider applying for a life insurance policy.
A life insurance policy is something that a lot of families know they ought to get, but are always looking for a reason to procrastinate signing up for. But in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, the end of the year is really the perfect time to apply for life insurance.
In fact, the longer you wait to sign up for a life insurance policy, the greater your rates will be each month. Term life insurance is something that many families qualify for. You might be surprised just how low some of these monthly rates can be (often less than $10/month).
A life insurance policy is something that can be worked into almost every family budget. With a good life insurance policy, you can move into the New Year with a greater sense of financial security. The sooner you decide to apply, the sooner you will be able to feel financially secure.
Organize your finances.
If you enter the New Year disorganized, the odds are you will stay disorganized. Instead of falling into the same bad habits of the past, you should make 2018 the year you resolve to finally get everything together.
There are a lot of different ways you can proactively organize yourself in anticipation of the New Year.
- Prepare for tax season in advance by checking on your W-2, knowing your annual income, and preemptively filing out as many forms as possible
- “Soft check” your credit score—not only will this help you know your current situation, it will also give you something to compare to one year from now
- Think about what you want to invest in—whether it is life insurance, real estate, the stock market, or anything else, planning ahead is absolutely crucial
Taking the time to organize your finances can certainly seem like a bit of a hassle. But if you could spare even just a few hours getting organized, you will inevitably be happy that you did.
Each New Year presents a great new opportunity for change. As the year 2017 comes to a close, 2018 presents itself as something that could be your best year yet.