Many of us consider family to be the most important thing in our lives. It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, if you have family, you’re okay. While this is a good mindset to have, it is also important to make sure that your family’s finances are stable, especially if there are members of your family who rely on you. Having a negative financial situation can lead to stress and put a strain on family relationships. Therefore, there’s no downside to constantly trying to improve your family’s financial situation. We’ll be sharing a few tips on how you can do just this.
Investing is always a good idea. First of all, when you invest your money, it’s much harder to access it and spend it on unnecessary items. Secondly, investing really comes in handy if, in the future, something unexpected should happen – like a job loss, for example. And even if nothing bad does happen to your financial situation, there’s no denying that an additional income stream will improve your family’s financial situation. An added benefit of investing is the fact that there are so many different types of investment, so you can find one that works for you, your family, and your finances. We recommend you start by looking at some Canadian dividend stocks.
Buy a house instead of renting
Buying a house isn’t an option for everyone, but if it is an option for you, you should seriously consider it. Many people feel that renting is a better option, even if you can buy, because someone else is responsible for the property. While this is a valid point, there are many advantages to buying a property. For example, when you’re renting, you spend money each month, with nothing to show for it. By buying, you’ll still be spending money, but you’ll have something to show for it – a property in your name. Any type of real estate is a valuable asset, especially if you can sell it for a profit later on.
Always be on the lookout for new opportunities
Many people tend to fall into the trap of, once they have a decent job, settling into that job and not having any other aspirations. If you have your dream job, great! No one is saying you should quit it. But it’s a good idea to constantly keep an eye out for new opportunities that may interest you and lead to an improved financial situation, especially if you’re not happy with your current situation. This may just be the push that makes you realize you need to leave your job.
Have a study policy
If you have children, you surely want them to get every opportunity possible. For many people, this will include a good education. Over your child’s school-going years, you’ll be spending a lot of money on their education – especially if they decide to continue studying after they graduate high school. Instead of having to break the news to them that you can’t afford to finance their studies, start preparing early by taking out a study policy or setting up a study fund for them.
Prepare for the worst
In an ideal world, nothing bad would ever happen to us or our loved ones. Sadly, we can’t live in this ideal world, which means that we need to be realistic. Anything bad can happen at any time – a robbery, a house fire, a medical emergency, a car accident . . . you get the idea. And these things cost a lot of money. That’s why you should prepare for them by getting insurance as well as some type of medical coverage. Not everyone will need all types of insurance – for example, some people may not want health insurance if their public medical care is up to standard.
Have an emergency fund
So, you have a bit of extra money lying around. Instead of going on a shopping spree simply because you can afford it, you should put that money into a separate account for any emergencies that may occur. As mentioned, you should already have prepared for certain events by getting insurance, but not all things are covered by insurance. If you should lose your job, you can dip into these emergency savings to keep your family afloat until you find something new.
If you’re at a financially stable place in your life, you may not be working with your money most effectively. For people who can only just scrape by with what they have, every cent is accounted for, and they make the most of their money. Once you have the luxury of spending money without having to think about the consequences, you often stop planning as much, which means that you end up spending more money than necessary. We’re not talking about budgeting here. We’re talking about other ways of making your money go the extra mile. Like making the most of sales. Or joining a loyalty program to get discounts at your favorite stores. Another example is planning your meals for the week in advance – this will mean you don’t buy more than necessary, and you can also use it to help you meal prep.
By setting up a monthly budget, you are forcing yourself to be responsible with your money. This will help keep you accountable. It will also show you whether you are spending too much money on certain areas in your life. You can then make cuts in those areas and decide how to use that money more responsibly. You can set up a family budget, and also encourage every family member to set up their own personal budget.
Make small changes
Small changes add up and eventually become big changes. We’ll give you some examples. By eating out less, you’ll be saving money. You can make the change from brand name clothes to regular clothes. You can encourage everyone to save their change in a piggy bank. When you look at all of these options, they may seem quite ridiculous, and like they’ll have no real impact. But, trust us, if you start doing this long-term, you are sure to see some positive financial changes.