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6 financial habits to help you manage your money

Reading time: 10 minutes
Scottish FriendlyFebruary 19, 2024

The most effective way to build your long-term savings is to practice good financial habits. Whether you are at the beginning of your financial journey or looking to improve your money-management skills, these six tips could help you navigate your financial journey.

1. Set yourself a savings goal

In order to stay consistent, it is important to have a clear idea or goal of what you’re saving or investing towards. You also don’t have to choose just one. You could open different savings pots for different goals and set target amounts for each one.

By sticking to these goals, you will be amazed at how much control you can gain over your finances.

2. Pay yourself first

Once you’ve figured out your savings goal (or goals), it may be a good idea to treat your savings account like a non-negotiable expense. Over time you could build up a healthy “emergency fund” and make great progress towards your long-term financial goals.

3. Set up automated payments

A good way to commit to putting money away into your savings or investment pot when you’re paid is to set up automated payments, such as a direct debit. This way you’ll be working towards your savings goals without even having to think about it.

4. Overpay any debt, if you can

Payin off debts, for example a personal loan or mortgage, the longer you take the more interest you’ll end up paying.

Overpaying your debts, even by a few extra pounds each month, will help you clear them faster. This can result in paying less interest overall and save more money in the long run.

5. Stay on top of your budget

Modern life means that we are using less cash and making more card payments than ever, and it can be easy to lose track of daily transactions. Awareness is key and getting into the habit of tracking your spending regularly can help you stay on top of your financial goals. Tools such as budgeting apps can help you with this.

Being able to see how much you are likely to have left at the end of the month and where you are spending money makes it a lot easier if you decide you want to try to change your spending habits.

6. Progress, not perfection

Being compassionate could be your key to not giving up on your goals. It’s important to treat yourself and enjoy your life. By starting small and staying consistent, you could watch your financial future flourish.

By incorporating these six habits into your routine, you may find dealing with your money much more manageable and more easily reach your goals.


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