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Tips for Personal Financial Planning

Updated on January 20, 2011

Personal financial planning can determine the quality of your life. No matter how much money you make, it is essential that you understand how to get the most out of it. There are many aspects to personal financial planning that the savvy money manager considers. Here are just a few.

1. Retirement

Retirement is the most obvious part of financial planning. Start planning for your retirement early—ideally, when you are in your 20s. Think about where you want to be 10 and 5 years away from retirement and set some goals to achieve in that timeframe. Plan to pay off all of your debt before retiring—this includes credit card debt as well as your mortgage and any car payment. Avoid making large purchases just before retirement that may increase your debt. Plan carefully what your expenses in retirement will be, making allowances for unforeseen expenses.

2. Investing

Investing is the most common way to accumulate assets over time and plan for retirement. There are many different options out there for investing, and you should choose the one that best suits you in terms of the timeframe in which you want to invest and what level of risk you are willing to take. Getting help from a professional to help you choose an investment portfolio can really make the process easier on you.

3. Life Insurance

Life insurance is valuable to your financial planning for several reasons. Life insurance will provide your family with income in the event of your death, ensuring that your family is taken care of after you are gone. It can also supplement your retirement, help to cover the costs of raising your children and their education, and safeguard your mortgage. 

4. Budgeting

The cornerstone of personal financial planning, budgeting will help you meet your financial goals. You should establish both a monthly budget and a longer term budget according to your expenses and savings plan. There are several options for personal finance budgeting software to help you create a budget and track your finances. Your investments, life insurance, and savings should all factor into your budget.

5. Saving

Getting into the habit of regularly saving money can go a long way in helping you reach your personal financial goals. Experts recommend saving at least 10% of your monthly income, but the more you are able to save, the better. A carefully created, detailed budget will help you keep on track with savings. Establishing a yearly savings goal can also motivate you and give you something to work toward.

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  • fucsia profile image

    fucsia 6 years ago

    I understand that without save I can not make important steps in my life. Save money can be difficult but just change habits... And can be simple and also funny ( when I check my bank account I am happy to see it growing!)

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    dashingscorpio 6 years ago

    Excellent tips!

    I believe one of the reasons most people don't invest is fear of losing money. (This is especially true in recent years). Most financial planners tend to paint rosy pictures for their clients such as earning 10% over 20-25 years will yeld blah blah blah but in reality most individuals rarely see that kind of return. However even if we only get 3-5% return each year it beats putting all of one's money in a pass book savings account. :-)