Looking after your family, juggling work and social lives can be a hard task. It can be easy to get so wrapped up in the here-and-now instead of looking to the future. However, eventually you will need to start planning for your family’s future, and here are some questions you’ll want to ask yourself:
- I have assets and income, but am I living comfortably?
- When can I afford to retire?
- Have I got enough to consider giving money to my children?
- What effect would death or serious illness have on my life plans and family?
It is usually the instance of an injury or sickness which leaves you off work for a long period which drives you to start asking these questions. But you should be thinking about all of these things anyway. Your workplace will usually have a deadline of a certain number of days in which you are allowed to be off sick and paid, and many people run out of money pretty quickly in this instance.
Before you do anything else or set up life insurance, sit down and look through your finances. Write down your incoming for the month, and list things like your mortgage, car insurance, house insurance and tax which come out immediately. Whatever money is left is what you’ll spend on food, travel, lifestyle and general things. Do you have enough to sustain a comfortable lifestyle?
Getting the aid of a financial planner may be the answer you are looking for to aid your living. They will help you set goals each month and will set your mind at ease about your financial future. Don’t be afraid to shop around for better deals on your insurance if you struggle with the payments, switching to another provider may bag you an introductory offer and allow you to free up some of your money for savings.
You then need to start thinking about your pension scheme. Is the amount you and your employer paying in each month going to fund a good lifestyle for you as your grow older? If not, you may want to think about upping your payments or searching for other pension companies. It may also be useful at this point to look into life insurance. Taking out life insurance will give you the peace of mind that if anything should happen to you, your family won’t be left with hefty bills and be unable to afford living at home.
Finally, it might not be the nicest thing to think about, but planning your own funeral ahead of your passing may take a lot of stress off your loved ones and also mean that you have control over the budget and proceedings for your send off. If you do your research and cut out anything unnecessary you can plan some great funerals on a budget and give your loved one’s peace of mind for the future. You’ll be safe in the knowledge that you planned a day which suited you and your budget.