7 New Year Resolutions that could improve your financial wellbeing


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7 New Year Resolutions that could improve your financial wellbeing

Happy New Year to all! It’s 2022, and the start of a brand new year – the perfect time to review your finances. Reviewing your money can help you move towards your goals and feel more financially secure. That’s not the only benefit, though. Taking action to improve your financial wellbeing as a result of reviewing your finances can support your overall wellbeing both now and in the future. Here are seven resolutions to make this new year that could have a positive impact on your finances.

A crowd of people watching a fireworks display, illustrating the need to make resolutions in the new year for financial wellbeing

1. Make a budget and keep track of your spending

Setting out a budget can seem dull, but having one that clearly sets out all your expenses and goals can help keep you on the right track and improve your financial wellbeing. Budgeting doesn’t have to mean cutting back but can help you focus on what’s most important to you. That may mean putting money away for your child’s future or for travelling in a few years. And remember, reviewing your budget regularly is just as important as setting the budget out initially.

2. Increase your pension contributions

If you’ve yet to retire, increasing your pension contributions can have a positive impact on your long-term financial wellbeing and security. You will benefit from tax relief on your pension contribution and as pension savings are usually invested, they can receive an additional boost from long-term investment returns. In some cases, your employer may also increase their contributions to your pension. Small regular payments can really add up to help you create the retirement of your dreams. However, you should always ensure you have the affordability for such an increase before making any changes.

3. Boost your emergency fund

How much do you have in an emergency fund? Having savings to fall back on can provide peace of mind, and means you can still feel secure if the unexpected happens. From the boiler needing to be replaced to your income stopping, an emergency fund is there to dip into when you need it most. How much you should have in an emergency fund will depend on your financial commitments. As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to have three to six months of regular expenses in an easy-access account. You’ll find that having a decent monetary security blanket will greatly increase your sense of financial wellbeing.

4. Set up regular deposits to invest

While an emergency fund is important, once you hit your target, you should consider investing. Over the long term, cash savings can lose value in real terms as the interest earned is likely to be lower than the rate of inflation. As a result, adding regular deposits to your investment portfolio for long-term goals could help your money to go further. Before you start investing, it’s important to consider what level of investment risk is appropriate for you.

5. Set out a plan to reduce debt

If you have any form of debt, such as credit cards or a mortgage, setting out a plan to reduce this could save you money. Simply switching providers to secure a lower interest rate can reduce your outgoings. Alternatively, if you can, making overpayments can pay off the debt quicker and reduce the cost of borrowing over the long term. The Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has multiple resources on his website that could help.

6. Review your will and Power of Attorney

Writing a will and naming a Power of Attorney are often tasks that people put off because they can be difficult to think about. Without a will, your final wishes may not be carried out, and a Power of Attorney can provide security if you’re unable to make decisions. If you don’t already have these in place, making these tasks your new year resolutions can provide long-term security. Even if you have already taken these steps, reviewing your paperwork is important as your wishes may have changed. For further information on wills, see our previous blog posts.

7. Set out your long-term goals towards financial wellbeing

At the start of a new year, it’s common to think about what you want to achieve in the next 12 months. However, this year thinking further ahead can help you achieve more. What do you want your life to look like in 10 years? Write it down, map it out, plan it together with your family! You can’t achieve your goals if you aren’t clear on what they are.

 

We hope these tips have helped you. If you’re ready to review your finances and take steps to improve your financial wellbeing this year, please contact us. We’re passionate about helping our clients achieve their goals by centering them within any financial plan.

 

Please note: This blog is for general information only and does not constitute advice. The information is aimed at retail clients only.

The value of your investments can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

A pension is a long-term investment not normally accessible until 55 (57 from April 2028). The fund value may fluctuate and can go down, which would have an impact on the level of pension benefits available. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

The tax implications of pension withdrawals will be based on your individual circumstances. Thresholds, percentage rates and tax legislation may change in subsequent Finance Acts.

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