Why Every Family Should Have a Cash Flow Plan

Creating a cash flow plan may sound boring but taking the time to do so will have a huge impact on your future.  It is easy to overspend and with the amount of household debt at an all-time high, managing your finances can seem hopeless.  However, the more attention you pay to your spending habits, the easier you will find it to achieve financial success.

Below are seven reasons why you should create a family cash flow plan… Today!

  • It will help keep your goals in sight
  • Setting financial goals for yourself is one thing, having a plan in place to achieve them is another.   Setting up a cash flow plan for yourself will help you set goals, make a plan to achieve them, and will allow you to track your progress. 
  • It will put an end to spending money you don’t have
  • When you have a realistic cash flow plan and commit to it, there are no excuses to spend on credit. You’ll know exactly how much money you have coming in, how much you can spend, and how much you need to save.
  • You’ll be prepared for emergencies
  • Sometimes life happens, whether it be losing your job or becoming sick or disabled.  Having a cash flow plan means that you will have savings you can access if an emergency arises.  You will sleep better at night knowing that you are prepared for the worst.
  • It will force you to acknowledge any bad spending habits

Sometimes we don’t know where we could improve until we start keeping track of our spending.  Even if you think you are doing well with your money, developing a cash flow plan may shed light on some areas that you could cut back.  This is a great opportunity to redirect some money into retirement savings or saving for another goal.

The Bottom Line

Everyone can benefit from creating a cash flow plan, whether you think you need it or not.  The key to achieving your financial goals is having a plan.  If you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, reach out to a financial advisor. They will help you start a plan and will monitor your progress, therefore keeping you accountable.

Brenda McCrae

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About the Author

Brenda McCrae is a Wealth Advisor with Assante Capital Management Ltd. and an Insurance Advisor with Assante Estate & Insurance Services. Please contact her at (519) 752-3155 to discuss your particular circumstances prior to acting on the information above.

Assante Capital Management Ltd. is a Member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Insurance products and services are provided through Assante Estate and Insurance Services Inc.

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