How to Financially Plan for the Future

No one likes to think about getting older or not being around anymore. Its’ a fact of life we can’t avoid and failing to plan for it can cause a lot of stress and heartache to our loved ones. 

However, once you’ve sorted out your finances and made a plan, you don’t have to dwell on it as much, you can concentrate on getting on with life and enjoying yourself.    

Get An Overview Of Your Finances

First of all, you need to know where you stand financially.  Make a list of all of your assets, income, and debts.  Being able to see everything in one place will make it easier for you to get an overall picture of your finances.  

If possible, consolidate any debts you have so that you can pay them off sooner, with fewer interest charges to pay. 

Any savings you have should be working for you, so put them in an account with a higher rate of interest.  

Take out insurance

Insurance gives you peace of mind that you or your family will be financially secure if you were suddenly unable to work or died.  

Your employer may provide such benefits as health insurance, disability, and death in service, but many do not.  Find out where the gaps are and take out private insurance if you can afford to. 

Many people also take out life insurance policies so that their families do not have to worry about money should the worst happen. 

Visit A Financial Advisor 

If you aren’t sure how much you’ll need for your retirement, or the best way to invest your savings, a financial advisor can help you.  

They’ll be able to recommend a good probate lawyer, how to maximize the return on your savings, and other matters in estate planning that you might not have thought of.  

By talking with an advisor you’ll also be able to identify any shortfalls in income that might affect the standard of living you want to have when you’re older.  The sooner you find this out, the more time you have to try and earn more money or make lifestyle changes that will allow you to save more.  

Laws around assets, savings, and inheritance change regularly, so your financial advisor will be able to give you the most up to date advice.  

Write Your Will 

If something happens to you without a will in place, it can be a long and complicated process for your family to benefit in the way that you would want them to.  Make it easier by stating your wishes in a will.  By doing this, your money and assets will go where you want them to and are less likely to be contested.  

It’s easier than ever to make a will, with a number of companies now online who can help you produce a will quickly and legally, with the same access to legal advice. 

Yes, planning for the future, especially after your gone can feel morbid and most people keep putting it off.  The peace of mind you’ll gain from know that it is done can leave you to get on with the rest of your life, knowing that you’ve done your best to look after yourself and your family.  

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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