Working to a budget, you’ll have a certain amount of money left over once you’ve paid your fixed expenses. Do you have a plan for how you’ll use this money, or are you spending it on the fly?
Spending money on things you can enjoy in the moment, of course, makes you at least fleetingly happy. Likewise, you feel happy when you’ve managed to overcome a struggle such as paying off debts. So often people attribute happiness with the endorphins felt in making a purchase or the sense of pride experienced after accomplishing something. However, there are ways you can manage your money that will contribute to a lasting, ongoing happiness where you’re content with the process of earning what’s important to you.
It doesn’t matter what you’re saving for, if you’re able to regularly increase the balance of your savings account you’ll likely feel a continued sense of pride. In part this is because, yes, you’ll be able to buy something that you really want! But if you’re saving smartly, you’ll also have a buffer that can provide financial resilience, protecting you from sudden expenses and ultimately reducing financial stress.
Use your money to look after yourself and spend some time with the most important people of all – your family. Taking the family on vacation gives you a chance to really connect with them, free from the stresses of your day-to-day life. Furthermore, holidays have been found to have lasting health benefits. The Holiday Health Report, a UK-based survey run by Nuffield Health and Kuoni, found that vacations can have benefits lasting at least two weeks after the holiday including:
We’re not just talking about paying off your mortgage. Investing in the improvement of your house can help you feel more personally connected to the space, establishing a stronger sense of home. Furthermore, updating windows and insulation can reduce your bottom line.
Paying off debts early is definitely the least fun way to spend your discretionary income. That said, it can really make a difference in the long run. Besides building on the pride felt in successfully managing your money, paying more to your debts than required can reduce the total interest you pay, meaning you’ll have more money for savings and holidays.
By actively seeking financial planning advice, you’ll get to work hand in hand with a professional who is genuinely invested in your happiness.
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