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Yuletide: 10 ways to Protect yourself from financial strain in January

By Mojisola George In this Yuletide season, the urge to spend funds on entertainment, merriment and fun is high. However, it is very important to…

By Mojisola George

In this Yuletide season, the urge to spend funds on entertainment, merriment and fun is high. However, it is very important to protect oneself against financial strain especially in a long month like January. This will require thoughtful planning and disciplined financial habits and a bit of shrewdness and frugality. Yeah, I said a little.

Here are some tips to help you manage your finances more effectively:

Prioritize Essentials: Identify and prioritize essential expenses, such as rent or mortgage, utilities, and groceries. Ensure that these critical bills are covered before allocating funds to discretionary spending.

Create a Budget: Having a budget provides a clear overview of your financial situation. Develop a comprehensive budget that outlines your monthly income, fixed expenses and variable expenses and savings goals. In my next post, I will share a simple budget template that you can use.

Set Spending Limits: Avoid the need to impress people by overspending. To thyself be true. I am not saying you should not indulge yourself and your loved ones but determine spending limits for discretionary categories like dining out, entertainment, and shopping. Once the spending limit is maximised, resist the urge to dip into other funds or use credit cards.

Track Expenses: Keep a close eye on your spending by tracking every expense. Use budgeting apps or simple spreadsheets to monitor where your money is going.

Review Subscriptions: Assess your monthly subscriptions and memberships. I know we all love to Netflix and chill but we may not need to have amazon prime subscription and other movie streaming channels. The subscription fee may seem small but cumulatively, it will leave a huge chunk in your finances. Cancel any services that you don’t actively use or need.

Meal Planning: Plan your meals in advance and create a shopping list. This can help you avoid unnecessary trips to the grocery store and reduce the temptation to buy items on impulse.

Shop Strategically: Look for discounts, use coupons, and compare prices before making purchases. Again, avoid the need to impress people around you. It is better to be seen as frugal than to start your new year in regrets.

Avoid Impulse Buying: Practice mindfulness when making purchases and avoid impulsive buying by taking time to consider whether a purchase is a want or a need.

Review and Adjust: Regularly review your budget and spending habits. If necessary, make adjustments to your budget based on changes in income or expenses.

Financial Education: Educate yourself on personal finance and money management. Understanding financial concepts can empower you to make informed decisions and build healthy financial habits.

By implementing these strategies, you can take proactive steps to manage your finances responsibly and avoid financial stress during longer months or periods of higher expenses. Consider sharing your financial goals with a friend or family member for added accountability. Regularly revisiting and adjusting your budget ensures it remains realistic and effective in helping you achieve your financial objectives.

George, a Lagos-based corporate and investment attorney, can be reached via the following social channels:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mojisola-george-bb9a357b/
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