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Financial Planning 101

We all may think financial planning is only for large companies, but that would not be true. Financial planning is for everyone and if you are not planning than you will not have finances in the future. When you plan out your future, you will know how you will be able to take care of yourself. When planning out your future you will be able to make sure your love ones will be taken care of and you will be able to have a great retirement plan. Here are a few ways you can get started on Planning out your future finances.


When you start to plan your finances, start by looking into budgeting your monthly bills. Financial planning is looking at the big picture and creating a plan from there. A budget is a small part of the picture,but it is a great place to start. Budgets help you to find all the money you could have been spend and not saving for the future. A budget has a list of all your bills, all your expenses, all of your debt and all of your savings. If you need help starting a budget; just read,"Personal Budget 101".


Most of us all have debt which we need to pay off. When you are planning for your future you need to get rid of debt. Debt can accrue in so many ways, but if you plan financially you can stay out of debt. Debt is credit card bills, car payments, loans,mortgage, and student loans. These all have interest rates which take a good portion of your money. When planning your finances for the future, you want to get out of debt. This will help you saving for future retirement plan and other investments. Try to work a plan to get your self out of debt. There are many software programs which can help you get out of debt by setting a plan.

Set Goal for Your Finances

When you set goals for your finances, make sure you know clearly what they are. Don't stated you want to live well during your retirement, but in a list state what living well would look like. Make clear statement with clear ideas, for how you are going to plan your  finances. When you set these goals, you need to have a clear thought on how you are going to make these goals happen. Don't set goals which are unattainable. For example, you want to be a millionaire when you work on a teacher's salary. When setting these goals, take in to count how long you may live for retirement. When setting goals for your Financial future, make them clear and attainable.

Making Financial Investments

When creating a financial plan it is always a good a idea to invest; which will help grow your money. When you thing of retirement, it normal to think of a 401K. Many companies you work for will invest in your 401K. You can also invest in your 401K. There are many other things that you can invest in and help with your future finances. Investing is a great way to plan for the future and give you the retirement you want.

Decisions which can Effect your Finances

When Planning for your future, every decision that you make can cause an effect in your finances.. You might have to pay higher taxes or a college fund my not cover all of your child's schooling cost. When you plan for the future, ask many questions to find out how each decision could effect you. I would have an emergency account for things; which my come up later in life. Everything you do will effect your future financial planning; because they are all interconnected.

Checking Finances often

When you are working on your goals for financial planning, you may need to changing your plans. You may need to change them due to life changes, change in jobs and changes to your family. You may have a better way to invest your money and it would be better to change your financial plan to get the most from you money. When you have paid off debt, you may want to invest the money to another bill or investment. You could also be out of work and need to use some of that money to help with everyday finances. Financial Planning is always a work in progress.

Have Realistic Financial Goals

When you start planning your finances, put in place realistic goals. Your goals may change over time and than they will  be realistic goals. If you try to put in place goals which are unattainable, you may lose sight of the bigger picture and quit all together. You don't want to lose sight of the bigger picture because the goal is financial planning for the future. Start by working on smaller goals and work towards bigger goals. You may want to pay off your debt first before investing your money. You might want to invest in a college fund and in a retirement plans before other investments. Have clear goals which are attainable for you to work towards in your financial planning.

Have a Consultant Help you with Financial Planning

When you are planning for your future, it okay to ask for help. When you do start to plan your finances, you may want to go to a consultant. They can help you find ways to plan out your budget and future finances. You may only have to go once.  They could also be willing to work with you and help you keep on track with your finances. This could be very helpful to you. A consultant may even know better ways to invest your money. It is okay to need help in planning for your future finances, but it not okay to not plan at all.

Planning you finances may seem hard to do, but it better than not planing at all. When you don't plan, you choose to not have a future or finances for the future. I hope these tips help you. So get started on planning for your future finances. When you budget your money and plan out your finances; You will live a stress free financial life.


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