The best gifts are those which last a lifetime. Here are some ideas for how to treat yourself to the gift of financial wellbeing this Christmas – and guess what, none of them will cost you a single cent!
The end of the year and the start of a new one is an ideal time to check in with your finances and make sure everything you’ve got set up is still working for you.
Many of us use this time to set goals in the form of New Year’s resolutions, or simply have a bit more down time to spend thinking about aspects of life that we haven’t gotten around to throughout the busy year.
Here are five ideas – plus one bonus idea – on how to give yourself the gift of financial wellbeing this Christmas.
Talk to your KiwiSaver provider
Your KiwiSaver is most likely your primary investment. Use Sorted’s KiwiSaver Calculator to see whether you’re still on track for the retirement you want.
These holidays, it might be worth taking a few minutes to have a chat with your KiwiSaver provider. Many KiwiSaver providers now provide free financial advisers for their customers to provide a “health check” of your KiwiSaver. But for new and existing customers, they can answer any questions you may have, give you an overview of how KiwiSaver works and come up with a plan that works for you.
Look at your insurance policies
The same thing applies to any insurance policies you have – it pays to check in on the cover you’ve got regularly and ensure it still makes sense for you.
Take a look at your latest policy statement online and look at how much you’re paying in premiums and what you’re getting for your money.
Consider any changes that have happened in your life during the year. Did you recently get married, buy a property or start a family? If so, you’ll likely want to review your policies to make sure you’ve got the right amount of cover should things take an unexpected turn.
Talk to someone
If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t want to spend time checking up on all these things, don’t worry, we get it!
The holiday season is the perfect time to think about what you want to achieve in the year to come. Consider what you did really well this year and what you want to do better next year.
Use Sorted’s Goal Planner to set yourself some financial goals you want to reach. Whether you want to buy your first home or go on that dream holiday, getting an action plan together will help you get there.
Educate yourself with some free resources
Learning about money can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re reading documents filled with complicated phrases. But there are some amazing resources out there now which break things down in a way that everyone can understand.
Here’s a gift that won’t just benefit you, but the whole whānau. These holidays when you’re gathered around the BBQ, relaxing at the beach, or road tripping down the coast, start a conversation about finances.
It doesn’t have to be heavy – you could make it fun by discussing what your money personality is, the best purchase you’ve ever made (or the worst!) Once you’ve got the kōrero going, you can broach other subjects, and you’ll find the more you open up, the more others might too.
It’s also great for your kids to hear you talking about money openly. Parents are our biggest role models when it comes to money, so if you start talking about finances with your kids from an early age, they’ll grow up knowing it’s okay to talk about. Check out our episode with Frances Cook for more about talking to your kids about money.
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