Hey everyone! I’ve been talking about homeschooling lately (because it is school season, after all), but today, let’s talk about something that we should talk about all year round: money.
When it comes to handling the family budget, it’s usually left to the woman of the house to juggle the finances. Apparently, there’s a scientific reason why females handle the family’s money rather than men. Research featured by CNN Money said that women investors perform better than men, but they lack confidence when it comes to investing and planning for retirement.
Why so? Well, they invest wisely. However, their conservative thinking in terms of wealth has also led to many women, particularly stay-at-home moms, with less money to invest in their future or retirement. Here’s a post dedicated to wonderful WAHMs out there on how they can invest without putting too much pressure on the family’s finances.
1. Assess and set your financial goals
I’ve been a bad money manager.
I used to write regular posts about financial wisdom, saving and investing in my old blog (if you’re interested in reading them, here’s my old Finance Friday series). To be fair, I am still very much interested in learning about the proper way to manage personal finances.
Then life happens.
When I had a full-time job (still homebased but very different from my previous long-term freelancing gig), I was suddenly thrust into a fortnightly payment scheme. What a vast difference from my old once-a-month pay!
And, get this: regular pay. Haha I know this sounds weird to people who have always held regular paying jobs, but for someone who used to get paid on a per-essay basis (read: no essay/work, no pay), this was a welcome change.
So I got used to life with a regular salary every two weeks. And then I got comfortable — too comfortable. Before, because I couldn’t predict how much work I’ll get in a month, and because I receive my salary only at the beginning of the month, I needed to be careful with how I spend the money. I create budgets, follow them strictly, and even set some aside for an emergency fund and a retirement fund. Looking back, I was wise with money.
But now, not that there’s anything wrong with being paid regularly and on a fortnightly basis (in fact, I am very thankful for it!), it seems as if I forgot the values that made me financially wise before. I can spend everything I receive in one fortnight — down to the last peso — without fear because I know it’s only a short matter of time before I receive another pay. I could live from paycheck to paycheck because I needn’t worry about the immediate future.
What a dangerous mindset to have.
This year, I’m making the conscious decision to commit to growing my financial wisdom again. Here are the specific steps I plan on doing: