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The art of saving: a guide for the year ahead!

05 Dec 2023

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The art of saving: a guide for the year ahead!

Financial planning is an essential step towards achieving your goals and taking control of your financial future. At MyPayNow, we understand this; as the year comes to an end, now is the perfect time to start! Whether you're dreaming of taking that long-awaited holiday, tackling your debts, or building an emergency fund, creating a solid financial plan is the best way to kick those goals of yours! In this blog, we'll guide you through the essentials of financial planning, offering tips, strategies, and insights to help you get on the right track for the year ahead 🥳.

Step 1. Set clear financial goals

The best way to start your financial success journey begins with setting clear and achievable goals 📝. Write down what you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. Are you planning a major purchase? Looking to pay off debts? Dreaming of a lush vacation? Making these specific financial goals clear to you will help guide you in finding direction on how to get there 🗺️.

Step 2. Review your current finances

The next step is to have a good understanding of your current financial situation. Take a close look at your current income, expenses, debts, and savings and review your spending habits over the last 12 months. Evaluate your financial health and pinpoint areas where you can make improvements (don’t worry, everyone has something they can work on). This review will help you make better-informed decisions as you move forward into the next step 💪.

Step 3. Create a new budget!

A well-structured budget is going to be your new best friend and financial roadmap 🚗. It ensures that your money is allocated to the right places, helping you to reach these goals mentioned in Step 1. Below are our favourite budgeting tips to help you stay on the right track:

🟣 Automate Your Expenses: Set up automated payments for your bills and savings. This ensures that you never miss a payment, helping you stay on top of your financial responsibilities.

🟣 Automate Your Investments: Automating your investments, such as contributions to your superannuation or buying shares, is a smart way to build long-term wealth effortlessly.

🟣 Set a daily spending limit: Set a daily spending limit that allocates money for both spending and saving after covering essential expenses. Plan how to use your spending money, ensuring it aligns with your priorities and helping you stay within your budget.

🟣 Adjusting is okay: If your expenses increase, consider adjusting your spending or revising your savings goals. Similarly, if positive changes occur, like a promotion at work, be flexible and update your budget to match your evolving lifestyle.

Step 4. Remember to build that emergency fund

Everyone deserves to feel financially stable, and building an emergency fund is a proactive step to get there. This safety net not only acts as a shield against unexpected expenses but also offers a sense of security and peace of mind 😎. It’s there so that you don’t need to rebuild a savings account from scratch if something unexpected happens. An ideal goal is to save three to six months' worth of living expenses in this fund. To make it easier for you, we recommend setting up an automatic payment into the account. Boost it even further by considering high-interest savings account for it; you’ll watch that safety net growww 📈!

Step 5. Try MyPayNow

Lastly, at MyPayNow, we're here to support your financial planning journey. Our services can provide you with the financial flexibility you need. We offer thousands of working Aussies a quick and convenient solution that helps bridge the gap between paydays. We can help manage unexpected expenses and take the stress out of waitin’ ‘till payday 📲.

So, if you made it this far, we are so excited to see you take this proactive step forward and take control of your finances in 2024! As you start this journey, remember that every step you take brings you closer to your goals 💸. From all of us at MyPayNow, Happy New Year! 🥳