Here is a monthly guide of topics and regular activities to focus on to meet your financial goals in 2023. Let’s aim to be more organized and financially secure in the following year.
January: Organization is key
Your monthly guide begins with focus on getting organized this January.
A ‘password locker’ tool can securely store and conveniently access all your usernames and passwords for your accounts. On a paper planner or a mobile application, note the due dates for your bills.
Minimize digital and paper clutter. Especially old documents containing personal information should be discarded. Maintain tax records for at least one to three years.
February: Talk about your financial plan
This month is about making time for yourself while setting financial objectives for the future.
Schedule a time to talk about finances and mark it on your calendar. You should list the subjects you want to cover. Lists should be shared, and major and minor goals should be discussed. Choose the objectives that will be your top priorities in 2023.
March: Prepare for the tax season
Taxes are easy if you are well-informed and prepared. Consolidate whatever tax data you’ll need to file your taxes in 2022. Take into account any tax credits or deductions you may qualify for.
Do your 2022 taxes now! Save all relevant information somewhere secure.
April: Automation is important
With automation, you can easily keep your accounts in good standing, pay your payments on time, and avoid late fees.
Choose the monthly expenses that can be paid automatically. Usually, these bills have a fixed monthly payment. Budgeting is also made simple like this.
Review your subscription services. Keep only the ones that you need.
May: Prioritize healthcare
Your financial health can be impacted by your physical, mental, and emotional health, all of which are incredibly essential.
Consider your annual healthcare expenses. How much do you spend on co-pays, prescriptions, and emergencies in addition to insurance premiums? For subsequent reference, be sure to record everything.
June: Car costs need attention
If your car reflects your personality, is it also costing you more than you can manage?
Consider the car you drive. Will it soon require replacement, repairs, or maintenance? How does this fit into your spending plan?
Establish your budget for monthly car expenses. Think of this cash as your ‘emergency automobile fund’.
July: Save more to live better
The year is halfway through. Saving money is occasionally put off. Saving money involves patience, so keep going if it takes a while. So, as per your monthly guide, take a new look at your savings accounts this July. Automate your savings process just as you do with bill payments! You can accomplish your savings objectives far more quickly as a result.
August: Debt control is equally important
Your empowerment will increase as you become more informed about your bills and debt-relief options. Starting is the most challenging aspect!
Think about all your debts. This includes unpaid credit card debt, student loans, outstanding medical bills, and other debts. List your current debt, monthly payment amount, and interest rates on a spreadsheet or phone app.
Establish a priority list for your bills.
September: Teach money to your kids
When it comes to money, 2023 says be open with your kids. Your kids will be better informed and in control as adults if you introduce them to money early and frequently. Try your best to respond to their inquiries.
October: Review everything thus far
Spend this month reflecting on your expenditures and budgeting for the year thus far. Be fearless and face any money phobia head-on!
November: Make a monthly guide for 2024
As 2023 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on the goals we set for the year and how they might affect those we have for the following year.
Plan your objectives for 2024 now. Do a lot of introspection. What was effective this year? What wasn’t?
Remind yourself that it’s okay if you still need to complete your objectives. Take advantage of the chance to modify your goals for the following year.
December: ‘Tis the season for giving
Reassess your financial goals. What did you develop for charitable giving? Think about the ways you can give back this month. Remember that you can donate your time, abilities, or knowledge to a cause or group that matters to you.