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Four Ways to Get Your Finances in Order

 

Times are difficult for the average household in the UK at the moment, as household bills continue to skyrocket. Many are rightfully concerned for their long-term financial future, with many more lacking the skills and knowledge to effectively manage their finances. What can you do to pull your finances in order and rebuild your savings?

Establish a System for Paying Bills

Bills and other scheduled payments can often be the bane of your life, especially if you are disorganised when it comes to your finances. This may be a familiar sentiment if you have found yourself attempting to keep to a savings goal, only to find your progress wiped by an unexpected bill. Failure to properly pay these bills as they come can also have a disastrous impact on your credit rating.

By directly reckoning with your various bills, subscriptions and other obligations – such as rent, or mortgage repayments – you can consolidate your monthly payments to one time and one place. This enables you to have a better understanding of your monthly outgoings and to plan accordingly. You can change the dates of your direct debits and standing orders to the same day, and consolidate them to the same account for ease.

Deal With Debt First

Your next concern should be any financial obligations you have in the form of credit or debt. Debt is not a bad thing to have in terms of your credit score if you are making regular scheduled repayments – indeed, taking out and repaying loans is a healthy way to build a positive credit history. However, remaining in debt will actively harm any attempts you make to save money.

The debt you have will be charged at a rate of interest. That rate of interest is almost guaranteed to be higher than any rate of interest offered by savings accounts or investment funds – resulting in a net loss of money if you attempt to save instead of paying off your debt.

Seek Financial Planning Assistance

With your debt in hand, your next concern will naturally be your long-term approach to saving. There are many different ways to save money, and different products available that could help you accrue value over time. For the financially illiterate, it can be difficult to know where to start.

This is where financial planning advice can be particularly useful. Experts can give you a better understanding of the investment products and savings accounts available to you, and the best options for your specific aims. For example, if you have aspirations to buy a home, a Lifetime ISA might be a strong saving option for your goals.

Exhibit Self-Control

Lastly, the generation of additional funds for your savings accounts or individual savings goals can only be managed through the management of your own spending habits. Careful budgeting will reveal areas where you can cut down on unnecessary expenditure, and improve your monthly savings as a result.

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