Your financial health is just as important as your physical health so incorporating a regular wellness check on your finances is required in order to maintain the most accurate state of economic affairs. Consistent financial checkups enable us to determine what adjustments are required in order to stay in line with or exceed our economic goals.
Let’s outline the steps in a simple assessment:
Calculate Your Net Worth
Identify your net worth by subtracting your assets from your liabilities. This allows you to understand exactly what you currently own as opposed to what you currently owe. Don’t be alarmed if your net worth appears as a negative number. The point of this exercise is to show you how to reach the positive end of the spectrum.
Your primary objective should be to increase your net worth by at least 5% to 7% per month so evaluating your net worth will allow you to see how much debt to decrease and what assets to accumulate to offset the deficiency.
Identify Debt to Income Ratio
The next step would be to calculate your debt to income ratio by dividing the total of your monthly debt payments into your monthly income. A favorable debt to income ratio is around 30% or lower, with 20% being ideal. Anything higher than 30% needs to be rectified, as a higher ratio can adversely affect your credit scores and buying power by lowering your opportunities for credit and tradelines.
Setting clear short- and long-term financial goals can be challenging so armed with this new information here are three steps I suggest you consider to get yourself either on track or ahead of the game.
1. Create and follow a clear-cut budget.
Whatever you decide is best, make sure it is in a written plan so you can hold yourself accountable for your financial accomplishments and failures. Account for your current and projected income and expenses while setting benchmarks with deadlines that are measurable. Concise budgeting will also help you understand productivity and time variations allowing you to understand how valuable your time is and how to use it wisely.
2. Get a side hustle.
Everyone has a talent that someone else wants to learn. The virtual era has unlimited possibilities open for those who want to teach a class, showcase a product, or promote their services. Just by dedicating a couple of hours a day into this action will make it much easier to reduce or eliminate debt by incorporating additional income streams that you can save or invest.
3. Lower your mortgage payment
Many homes are over-assessed so having your local tax authority reassess your home could save you at least 10% or more every month. You can also find out if your property qualifies to cancel the private mortgage insurance and if you really feel you can’t afford to pay talk to your lender about a loan modification. A loan modification may decrease your monthly loan amount, but increase any balloon payments or the terms on your loan, so do all of your research before accepting any agreements related to your property.
You should be intimately aware of where every dollar is coming from and going to. There are plenty of online tools that can be of great assistance to you or you can reach out to me and I can help you to coordinate your financial objectives. I can help you to evaluate your risk tolerance, study funds that support your goals and values or simply consult you to determine the most viable options to handle your current financial situation.
Schedule an appointment to assess your finances today at JeffreyLevine.Solutions to get on the road to wealth building and financial freedom.