There’s nothing quite like a bit of introspection before the year ends, to check on all the resolutions you made and re-evaluate your goals. If you feel as though you’re not quite on track, this one’s for you.

We’ve all been there. It’s New Year’s Eve, the champagne is overflowing and the mood is perfect to set your goals for the upcoming year. Dreams of infinite riches and good times fill your thoughts, as you jot down your financial aspirations. Fast forward nine months and those goals are nothing but a distant dream. Luckily for you it’s not too late, because we’ve got just the right tips for you to use when you push the refresher button on your finances. Clear the clutter and make space for financial freedom to grow.

  • Review your budget

    Out with the old and in with the new. Is your budget still working for you? Use this time of renewed energy to determine if you can clear out some old debt. This means reviewing your current monthly budget and making sure you have clearly outlined all your expenses and accounted for everything.

  • Manage your debt

    Debt is stressful, so rather aim to repay it as fast as you are able to, even if it’s just a little bit each month. The quicker you repay debt the less interest you will pay. Once you have paid off your debt, think carefully before creating any more of it. Ask yourself whether you really need whatever it is you’re willing to go into debt for, or if it’s just a want.

  • Scale up your savings

    Instead of spending your money on something you don’t need, why not start a savings account. Put a little bit of extra money into that account each month because you never know when you may need the cash for a rainy day or a special occasion

  • Diversify your investments

    Getting your money to work for you is one of the best ways to accumulate ‘wealth’. So look at what you want to achieve and investigate ways to get there. The right investment policy will assist with this.

  • Update or create a will

    If you don’t have one already, there’s no better time. Create a will today that clearly instructs how your assets are divided amongst your loved ones after you have passed on. If you already have a will, make sure to review it regularly and make adjustments as significant life changes take place in your life.

  • Sort out all policies

    Ensure that your car, home, life, funeral and health insurance policies are updated to reflect any relevant life changes. Check that your coverage still meets your needs and that your beneficiary designations are current and correct. Remember, claims are only payable to your nominated beneficiaries. So make sure that your beneficiaries understand how the policy works, what the benefits are, the amount that is payable as well as how the claim will need to be managed.

  • Ensure your family is protected

    Life insurance is a sensitive subject to talk about, however it is very important. Having life cover will make sure that if you pass away, your family can cover any outstanding debt you may have, as well as replace your income and ensure the future financial stability of your family so they are able to cover costs such as education costs and normal monthly expenses and maintain their standard of living.

Don’t delay; following these helpful tips may make the biggest difference in you and your family’s lives. Securing a healthy financial future is achievable and it starts with you.