Money is one of the biggest headaches for most families. We all need it to survive. But when you’re financially responsible not only for yourself but your children and possibly your partner then money becomes a sensitive subject. Perhaps you’re wealthy, or perhaps you’re not. Whatever the case, looking after your family’s financial future is a task you shouldn’t take lightly. You never know what problems are lurking around the corner. It’s better to put protective measures in place today rather than tomorrow. Here are some pieces of advice to help ensure you’re doing all you can to look after your family financially.
We all have the dilemma of weighing up whether to save or spend each month, but on a guest post I shared earlier this week, Sara from Debt Camel suggests a better way of doing things. Pay yourself first. The idea is that if you move a set amount of money (perhaps through a standing order) to a savings account on the day you get paid. You either do this every week or every month, then you’re no longer straining to be frugal with all your money on a constant basis. You’ll have less money to spend on luxuries, but you don’t have to feel guilty about spending it. That’s because you’ll already be setting aside savings on a regular basis. One day, those savings could go to members of your family or act as an emergency fund if a problem should ever arise.
An article over on today.com offers the simple piece of advice. It says that if you can’t afford to replace something then insure it. It’ll be a small monthly or annual cost. But if you want to protect your family’s health, the house, or the car you own then you should opt to give up a small chunk of your salary.This will ensure that you’re not left in the dark should something ever happen to possessions or someone you love. It’s common sense, really.
Plan for when you’re gone
Nobody wants to think about it, but the fact is that you may not always be there for your family. When you’re gone, even if it’s years or decades in the future, you may be worried as to how they’ll cope on a financial basis; you’ve no idea how good or bad their monetary situation may be at that point. Setting a will in stone now in order to ensure that all your assets are adequately covered and that all your loved ones receive what they need to support them once you’re gone is a safe and smart way to protect your family’s financial future.
Along with the will, of course, you might want to help your family financially by covering the costs of the funeral itself. This is something you might not want to think about at an early stage in your life. However, it’ll help your loved ones avoid unnecessary costs further down the line; sites such as AboutTheFuneral.com could help you out. Again, whilst it’s something you may not want to think about, there are a lot of tricky and complex financial elements tied in with a person’s passing away, so it makes things easier to put plans in place sooner rather than later.
Do it today.
As suggested on oprah.com, the first step is to cut back on unnecessary luxuries. Ensure your monthly spendings are going purely on necessities such as house payments and food shopping. After that, all disposable income should be going towards paying off your debt every month until it’s all gone. Ignoring the problem will only lead to your debt increasing. Just cut down on all those small, unnecessary costs. You’ll be amazed by how many there are! Then be frugal until you’ve written off your debt. You don’t want to leave your family in trouble.