Mid-Life Money: Financial Goals For Your 40s

As you get older, you start to realize what’s important in your life. When it comes to something like money, we can have a very unhealthy relationship with it. Perhaps we have a low income or we have a dispensable one. But these are both two dangerous aspects.

Even if you earn too much, when you hit your forties, and you’ve already established your career and a stable family life you may find that your relationship with money is at a turning point. This means that you may have to rethink your financial goals.

What goals should you put in place?

The Art Of Budgeting

The key to understanding your budget and cashflow is all about the incomings versus outgoings. When you have a seemingly endless supply of money, you think that you don’t need to budget.

But it’s your forties when you start to consider what to do when you retire. But it is a fine art and even if you have a lot of money now, this may not be the case by the time retirement comes up.

While you need things like an emergency fund, you should also think about funding a certain lifestyle. And you have to remember that the lifestyle you leave now will be drastically different from the one when you retire.

Consulting A Financial Advisor

If you are one of the many self-employed people out there you may not have a proper handle on your money situation. Your 40s is your peak earning years.

You start to look at your retirement funds, but this means that consulting a financial advisor helps you to look at the big picture. This is crucial, especially if you have children. Because we can look at our finances as something that only affects us, and not everyone else around us, a financial advisor can help provide that bigger picture.

This is especially true when you are looking at the financial support that, not only your children need, but your parents need as well.

Preparing For An Emergency

It’s not a very sexy thing to talk about but if an emergency comes up, would you be able to cope financially?

If your earning power was taken away, how would it affect you and the ones closest to you? It’s important that we prepare for an emergency, either by having a rainy day fund or insuring ourselves, and this will help us have peace of mind. The great thing about preparing for an emergency fund is that you can start right now.

You don’t have to put much into it, just as long as you do it little and often. The great thing is that, now, there are numerous apps that can help you keep track of your expenses, but the really easy way to do it is to open up a bank account that you cannot access.

That way, regardless of the issues you are going through, there will always be a bit of money being drip-fed into that account.

Turning 40 can bring a lot of things into focus.

It’s not just about the fact that you’re approaching middle-age, but you also start to think about the people who depend on you and the quality of life that you want. Retirement isn’t that far away, even though it’s a couple of decades into the distance. It’s time to prepare now.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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