A Financial Action Plan for Managing your Personal Finances

Working on your Financial Action Plan

financial action planAre your personal finances in a mess and have no idea where to start? Are you thinking of reorganizing your financial plan? Or considering taking a long-term debt (mortgage, car loan, or college fees loan)? Or you want to know how you are financially progressing?

Before you make any major financial decision or changes you need to have a financial action plan. This action plan will not only help you dig out valuable personal financial information which you’ll need to make informed financial decisions but also provide a road map to achieving your identified financial objectives.

Your financial action plan will involve:

One: Determining Your Current Financial Status

You need to know the current state of affairs in your personal finances. You need to find out how much you are earning, how you are spending it, how much debt you are carrying, how adequately you are prepared for an emergency or financial disaster, how much savings you have, whether you can pay for your current financial obligations comfortably before adding more debt or not, and many more.

To obtain that information, you will need to:

Two: Determining What’s Important To You

Before you can make your next move, you will need to think about what things are important to you and probably your family. The values you identify will help you to determine the direction you take with your personal finances.

You will need to sort out the things that are most important to you and your family and those that are sort of important and last those that aren’t very important. Then compare your list with your credit statement, spending receipts or checkbook. Find out if you are spending money on things that are really important to you and your family. If not, its time to make changes.

Three: Defining Your Financial Goals

After deciding what’s important to you and your family, you need to define your financial goals centred on those important things.

Financial goals should identify what you want to do with your money within a given period of time. Goals give you direction. They give you a purpose for the way you spend your money. Think about the things you want your money to do for you now and in the future. Think about your short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals.

Four: Working Towards Fulfilling Your Goals

Your financial goals will need money to be realised. Therefore, you will need to set aside some money for each goal. The best way to do that is by putting up a spending plan (budget).

The spending plan should include money for:

  • Your daily upkeep
  • An emergency fund
  • Basic Insurance covers (e.g. life, medical, home & auto)
  • Debt repayment
  • Retirement fund
  • Education fund
  • Savings fund
  • Investment fund
  • Holiday & recreational activities
  • Tithe & Charitable giving
  • E.t.c

Five: Monitoring Your Progress

Once in a while you will need to stop and find out if you on track or not. Monitoring your progress will be an ongoing process that you should always do to evaluate your successes or failures.

You will need to:

  • Use an expense tracker to know where your money goes
  • Update your Net worth Statement quarterly or yearly
  • Do a monthly check-up on your spending using a cashflow statement
  • Make adjustments in spending if you are deviating from your plan
  • E.t.c

Financial Action Plan Workbook

financial action plan A Financial Action Plan Workbook for Managing your Personal Finances. It's a step by step action guide that will take through the activities required to work on your family or personal finances.

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