When you think of "self-care," meditation retreats, therapy, lazy Sundays, and boozy brunches might come to mind. But it turns out that more and more folks are adding their finances into the self-care mix.
Thinking about making money management part of your self-care routine? Here are 16 simple ways to give your wallet some good self-care on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis:
1. If you don't already, check your bank balance once a day.
2. Track your spending so you know where your cash actually goes.
3. If you're feeling anxious about money, try jotting down your thoughts in a financial diary.
4. Save up for your emergency fund so you have cash on hand in case of unexpected events.
5. And get an opportunity fund going, too, so you have money for exciting things like career changes and vacations.
6. Make time to learn more about money. It can boost your confidence and help you stay on track with your goals.
7. Create a money map to help you plan your spending and saving for the month.
8. If you have debt, use a tracking system to help you manage it.
9. Take yourself on a money date to look at the big picture.
11. Set money goals and give yourself rewards when you hit them.
12. Check in on your retirement account balances, or open one if you haven't yet.
13. Add annual and quarterly bills to your calendar so they stop sneaking up on you.
14. Ask for help from a mentor or financial pro.
15. Go over your insurance policies to make sure you have the right coverage at the best price.
16. Finally, check your credit reports at least once a year.
Do you have a tip for giving your wallet some care? Share how you like to take care of your money in the comments.
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