Security is important to most women, whether that be financial security or emotional security; in some ways both are connected to each other. Finance is important in so many ways.
“Money gives you the freedom to do with your time what you want to do with it”
– Richard Branson
We all know that there are some things that money cannot buy, such as health, love, and family. Some of the richest people in the world are unhappy. However, some may argue that money does bring an element of freedom and choices that make life more comfortable and pleasurable.
With money you have the opportunity to do what you want to do with your time, travel where you want, have the adventures of your dreams, and perhaps have a better quality of life than the one that you currently have. None of this is guaranteed to bring you happiness, as that is an inside job and something you create yourself. Healthy finance can be created with the correct mindset and actions.
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life” – Henry David Thoreau
What is your Happiness Switch?
Many people believe that happiness can be found in buying the latest car, a designer bag, shoes, a bigger house, or finding a new partner. These things may bring short term pleasure, but true happiness does not rely on external objects or material possessions. The creation of happiness deserves a blog all of its own. For now, let’s get back to wealthy wisdom.
Finance and You
Do you feel there is too much month left at the end of your money? You are not alone in this respect. The marketing machine is strong and very tempting, and many people do fall into the trap of consumerism and the “must have more” mindset.
One of the worst things you can do is bury your head in the sand, not open your bills and continue spending. It is important to control your debt and spending habits.
Be open and honest with yourself about what you owe and devise a plan to pay it back. The excellent website moneyadviceservice.org.uk is where you will find some excellent tips to get back on track to clearing debts.
Women and Finance
It is a known fact that statistically women live longer than men these days and as such they need to be able to provide for themselves in order to live a comfortable life. It is unfortunate that women have to take breaks away from work to have and bring up children, and this causes dents in the financial budget.
Stay on top of your financial expenditure as much as you can. Be aware of where money is spent and how. Save a little each month and it soon adds up at the end of the year.
What is your Why?
To start to get your finances in order you need to have a good, strong “why”. Your own personal “why” motivates you to make the necessary changes to your spending habits and keeps you on track with your financial goals. There is a personal emotional charge behind your reasons why you want it. Do you know your personal “why”?
What is it for you?
- To pay off your mortgage early
- To have the wedding you want
- To feel financially free to make the best choices for yourself and family
- To travel and have the experiences and adventures you have dreamed of
- To invest in yourself or your education
Adjust your Mindset to Create Better Finances
Your mindset is important in terms of the creation of more wealth for you. Be aware of “poverty consciousness” or the belief that you will always be poor, or you will never have enough. It is very difficult to create a wealthy attitude and actions with these beliefs in your mind.
Start to examine your own mindset. Make sure you know what you want, and believe fully that you deserve more than you have now.
Review your Financial Expenditure
Go over your finances thoroughly and budget to discover where you can make changes that will allow you to have more income to do the things you love. Become aware of where you are spending your money, and keep a record of your daily expenditure. You will be surprised at how much a daily coffee and pastry on your way to work adds up at the end of the month:
One coffee 1.80
One pastry 1.60
Total daily 3.40 per day at 5 days per week
Total per month 68 pounds per month (20 days) = 816.00 per year
This is an example of a very small change you could make to your expenditure. If you start to replace your shop bought lunches with a lunch you make at home, you may save the same amount or more again 1,632 per year.
If you start to consider other areas where you may be spending unnecessarily you can make even more savings.
The above changes are not going to make you feel as if you are missing out on life. In fact, you are likely to become healthier by choosing to not eat shop bought products and making your own (saving money in the process).
Makes sure you are getting the best value from your energy provider. Check comparison sites such as moneysupermarket.com to see how much you may be able to save. All you need is a recent bill that shows which tariff you are on at the moment.
Plan Ahead – Good Finance is Key
Although Christmas, anniversaries, and birthdays are happy times, they can also be stressful due to funds being tight at the time. By putting away 10 pounds a week over 52 weeks, you will have over 500 pounds available at Christmas to spend. If you can increase that a little you will also have more funds for other times of celebration.
Before shopping, make sure you really need what you are going to buy. Plan your meals ahead of time and use everything up before buying more.
Increasing your Income
There are ways for you to increase your finance and income. If you love creating arts and crafts, why not sell in Etsy online store.
Why not register to learn something you have always been interested in and loved then monetise it? For example, if you enjoy technology and design, you may find you enjoy designing websites.
There are many women who are making extra income from cake decorating or baking. If this is something you love to do then think how you can earn money from it.
If you are at home, have time on your hands and good office skills, you may want to try being a Virtual Assistant.
Online survey companies love to find out about their products and customer opinions and you get paid to share your own opinion; why not do a few of those in the evening? The same applies to Market Research Companies in your area. You can register at gopodengo.com, and sarosresearch.com to find out more.
“If you want to become wealthy, you must have your money work for you”
– John D Rockefeller
The above are a few ways to create healthier finances. There are many other ways that involve:
- Investments and equity
If you have enjoyed this Blog and would like to know more, why not check out our Wealthy Wisdom Module for more information?
You may also be interested in the Managing Stress in Midlife and Beyond Blog.
Have a healthy, wealthy day!
Founder of Flourish Beyond 40