How to Balance Family Savings Goals and Meet Your Priorities
Most often when you save for our family, we do it without thinking about the goal and priorities. For that you need to come up with a plan that covers your needs and enables you to meet your priorities.
When it comes to family savings, it may be tricky to figure out how much money you need to save. Apart from providing your family with daily needs like clothing, a house, daily meals, you also have to accumulate adequate funds various other goals such as higher education for kids, family vacation and more.
To meet your short-term expenses, you may have enough funds to deal with it. But what about retirement, down payment for home and others? You will need to define goals to meet those priorities.
Emergency Funds: In today’s world everything is uncertain, including your job and health, saving for emergency fund should be your foremost responsibility. For some, Credit Cards will help to tide over the crisis till the time you are able to repay the debt. If you’re planning to buy a Credit Card, then this is the right time to buy to save your family from financial troubles. ICICI Bank offers Credit Card product for every mileage of your life. Buy now and enjoy a range of benefits.
Retirement Goal: Investment planning is necessary if you expect to lead a happy retired life. As compared to savings, investments outperform in returns as the interest rates are high. This is a long-term goal, for which you can invest in mutual fund schemes, Public Provident Fund (PPF) or National Pension System (NPS).
As per financial experts, retirement planning should be on a priority at an early age. When you’re young, you can have an aggressive investment approach, which you can switch to conservative investment options later once you’re five years away from the retirement.
Saving for House or Car or Higher Education: Saving goals aren’t limited to fulfilling daily needs. Needs emerge as family grows. This is the perfect time to invest in long-term goals such as buying a house, car or saving for your child's higher education. If you’re planning to buy a home in the next few years, then you should aim for savings which can be used for the down payment of the house.
Essential and Non-Essential Items: To ensure that you save enough for your family, you should keep track of your spending. To start with this, make sure you divide your spending into essential and non-essential items. You will know how much money goes towards buying unnecessary items, which can be shifted to savings or investment option.
Having a budget planned every month would help you in saving for your retirement, paying off your debts timely and also set priorities for your expenses. We generally plan our expenses first and then save the remaining. To be able to fulfil your financial goals, it is imperative to set aside for savings first and then use the remaining to pay the expenses.
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