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A Little Help for Women Navigating the Financial World by Cleo Gib

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A Little Help for Women Navigating the Financial World

Finance & Investment

As a woman in today’s world, your options are endless. Doors are opening all the time, and women have the freedom to make financial choices that may not have been available to them in times past. A little research and information about your financial options, a thorough assessment of your financial situation, smart goal setting, and some help from the professionals will put you in a position to gain the financial freedom and stability that you need. Financial help for women is available, and a few small steps can begin your journey on the right foot.

Assess Your Situation

The first step of formulating any solid plan is to assess the current situation. When it comes to your finances, the same rule applies. Look at your expenses, your debts, and your needs, both immediate and long-term. Then, examine your sources of income, including jobs, grants, family assistance, child support, or any other source of money that comes in on a regular basis. Next, come up with a general outline of what your situation will look like throughout the years and the needs that will accompany each stage of life. For example, if you have small children, you will need to continue to provide for their basic needs for many years to come. You may want to consider saving for their future education, and you will want to have some sort of fund to ensure that they are taken care of if an emergency arises. Consider any other relevant factors that will play into your financial plans. Be open and honest with yourself, and consider enlisting the help of a financial advisor.

Taking Care of Your Immediate Needs

Once you know exactly what you’re working with, it’s time to start making smart moves where your immediate needs are concerned. Make a plan for paying down your debts, set rules for yourself where your credit cards are concerned, and make sure your bases are covered for schooling, family needs, etc. Figure out which items rank highest on your financial priority list, and start chipping away at problems a little at a time.

Planning for the Future

When dealing with more immediate needs, it can be easy to put off planning for the future, but your savings and investments should be an important part of your financial plan. The sooner you begin, the more work your money can do over time, so if you don’t already have accounts and plans for retirement, begin today.

Since women generally live longer than men, it is a fair expectation that many women will outlive their husbands. If you are married, this should be taken into account when making plans for your financial future. Take full advantage of any matching contributions your employer may offer, make sure you know the state of your investments and accounts, and remember to avoid putting all of your eggs in one basket.

Set Goals

Once you have a good idea of your current situation and where you want to be in the future, it is time to set goals. Mini-goals can help keep you on track, and long-term goals give you something to work toward. When financial obstacles come up, and they always do, goals help you stay resolved to sticking to your plan. For example, if you have a goal of saving a certain amount of money by the end of the year, that fun toy or weekend away won’t sound so appealing if it means not reaching your goal.

By making plans, following through, and seeking financial help for women when needed, you can feel confident in your financial future. 

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