Time takes on a whole new dimension after your kids are born. It goes so fast (although while you are in the midst of the terrible two’s, it seems to stand still).
And when your future flashes in front of your eyes, all your dreams and hopes for your family, you realize that it’s never too early to think about the future.
That’s right about the time to start planning and give yourself a goal to work towards, so your dreams can become reality. Here are some simple steps you can take to make your future, personally and financially, look even brighter.
Make a Savings Goal
Looking at a bigger home, a new car or maybe a well deserved vacation? Begin by looking at how much money goes to bills and essentials each month. Once you’re able to see what your fixed costs are you can determine what you need to set aside for that dream goal. Try to set money aside on a regular basis, and even the smallest amount will grow over time. With the right plan, you’ll be able to save more and reach your savings goals even faster.
There’s no doubt you want the best for your children. Nowadays, that means your child could one day enrol in college or university, but tuition is on the rise. Now would be a great time to set up a registered education saving plan (RESP). The earlier you start, the more you’ll have on that first day of school. And, the more you’ll take comfort in knowing you’ve saved to give them a chance for success in their lives.
Once you’ve set your budget, make things easier by setting up pre-authorized payments. That way, saving is automatic. Regularly scheduled transfers let you easily build a nest egg, which will make your financial situation more comfortable by having added flexibility. Paying yourself first is the smart thing to do.
So, begin mapping out your goals and what they’ll cost. It’ll be easier to set money aside when you have something to save for. Starting a financial plan today lets you enjoy tomorrow and all the days that follow even more.
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