If your family finances aren’t in the best shape, the sooner you fix them, the better for you all. Being in a stable financial position as a parent is so important for peace of mind. When your finances are sorted, you know you can take good care of your kids come what may!
Okay, but how exactly do you fix your family finances. Here are a few ideas that will help you get to grips with the issue fast:
Check Your Statements
Before you do anything else, check your bank and credit card statements to see how much money you have and where it goes each month. If you don’t know what you’re dealing with, you can’t really do anything about it.
Do you have the best deal on your electricity? How about your internet connection? Your mobile phone? If you have no idea, start looking into it now! There are tons of price comparison sites that will help you find the best deals for your whole family and using them could save you a fortune.
Get Life Insurance
How would your family fare without you? Have you thought about it? If not, you need to sit down and do it now. It’s never easy talking about death, but should the worst happen, you want your family to be okay financially, right? It’s one less thing for them, and you, to worry about, and it’s as simple as getting a few quotes and signing up for life insurance.
Used is Just as Good
Buying a used car from Affordable-Cars Group or purchasing clothes from the local Oxfam shop is a smart way to save lots of money and lower your carbon footprint. It’s never been easier to make the switch due to the availability of used goods and an increasing awareness of environmental issues which will help you to get the kids on board. If you’re a savvy shopper, used can be just as good as new and it can help you to save more money, pay off debt and fix your finances.
Double Down on Debt
Dealing with debts should be a priority (assuming that you have any). Debt costs you money, so paying it off before you even think about saving is smart. Whatever you have leftover at the end of the month, transfer a small amount into an emergency fund so you can fix the car/fridge/buy new uniform/etc. and then pay the rest off your debts. It might not be as much fun as splurging on takeaways and expensive theme park trips, but once it’s done and your debt is gone, you’ll all have an easier, more secure life and that has to be worth a little sacrifice, right? You can take the kids to free local events or indulge in a few less costly treats throughout the month instead and they’ll probably have just as much fun. You can also encourage them to save their pocket money for big treats and that will teach them a valuable lesson as well as helping the family finances, too.
Fixing your family finances takes effort, but it doesn’t necessarily need to take a lot of time!