Many of us will have over-indulged during the festive season and will start the new year wanting to get healthier.
Whether it’s stopping smoking, losing weight, eating more healthily or getting fitter, most of us will make at least one New Year’s resolution, but how many of us will actually go on to achieve it?
How long do New Year’s resolutions last?
According to research, 63% of UK adults fail to keep a New Year’s resolution – two thirds giving up even before the end of January!
If you’re eager to stick at it, you’re more likely to succeed if you break your resolution up into smaller, specific goals. So, if one of your resolutions for 2017 is to have healthier finances, we’ve broken this down into easy (and, hopefully, more manageable) steps for you.
Keeping track of your income and expenses will give you an objective view of your finances. It can also highlight areas where you can trim your expenses or make the most of your income. You can break this down even further into specific tasks, like writing a groceries list before you go shopping, or setting a weekly budget for luxuries.
Whether it’s updating your home insurance policy to cover any new Christmas gifts, or making sure your Income Protection policy covers any recent change in salary, the new year is a good time to review your insurance needs. That way, if you need to make a claim, you know you’ll be properly covered.
As well as securing the living standards you want when you’re working, it’s also important to think carefully about putting some of that income aside for your future. Research from Aviva has found that 59% of UK adults surveyed are worried about having enough money to last them in retirement, with only 13% comfortable that their savings will last. Generally speaking, the more you save and the earlier you start saving, the better shape your financial assets are likely to be in when you need to draw on them.
The ISA allowance for 2016/17 is £15,240. You have until 5 April 2017 to take advantage of the current allowance as you cannot carry any unused ISA allowance over to the following tax year. Over the longer term, the effect of compound interest can make a big difference to your overall savings, so it makes sense to save as much as you can in a tax-efficient way.
Discussing your financial needs with an expert can make managing your finances simpler.
We can help you establish a financial plan that’s designed around your specific needs, make sure it stays on track, and provide ongoing advice that will help you achieve your goals.