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2022 in Review: 5 things to do before the year ends to improve your personal finances

Updated: 28 Dec 2022, 02:24 PM IST
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As a hard year comes to an end, this article will help in upskilling your personal finance abilities and make you learn how to stay manageable financially next year as well.
We discuss the smallest yet most significant aspect of the economy, personal finance.

We discuss the smallest yet most significant aspect of the economy, personal finance.

One of the hardest things of the year 2022 is finance, not only for individuals but also for big institutions and countries as well. But here we discuss the smallest yet most significant aspect of the economy, personal finance. Let’s start in a sequence and understand how to make it possible and why.

Tracking your budget

The very step of personal budgeting is creating a budget and tracking it. Budgeting is the process of creating a plan to spend your hard-earned money. In a budgeting plan, you write each and every penny you spend on a daily basis and at the end of the month or year track your spending by categorising them into needs and wants. Budgeting helps you in understanding your own lifestyle and lets you bring a considerable change in your spending habits.

Before the year ends, track your spending of the last year and analyse a room where you can bring a significant change to change your spending habits and improve your investing habits.

Update financial objectives

The financial condition of any individual changes at every interval and by such a change, your financial goals might also change. This year has been hard on you and might have a significant impact on your current financial conditions. It becomes necessary to review your financial objectives as well.

Before the year ends, have a look at your financial condition as of now and review your future goals according to the same. It might be related to an increase in your emergency funds, reducing your spending, or re-allocate your spending.

Review of insurance policies

If you have an insurance policy, you must have a look at its maturity date, something add-ons to include, or renewal of your insurance policy. If you do not have insurance, you must decide what insurance policy you might require to keep your finances stable.

However, we all have realised the importance of health and life insurance during the last two years. The calendar year ending in December 2022 is a high time to start thinking about the insurance policies you must have as a resolution for the new year.

Tax planning

Tax planning is not a mere tool to save your taxes, the concept is much wider than that. The main reason behind providing a lot of tax benefits in particular types of investment in the income tax department is to promote savings and investments in the country.

December is a high time to start putting your money in the schemes that provide you with tax savings but also lead you to a better investment avenue with a decent return on investment. Before this year ends, start investing in tax-saving schemes and plan your taxes.

Rebalancing your investment plan

Investing and forgetting are not how personal finance works. You need to focus on your changing financial requirement for the future and stay invested only if it is required. Before this year ends, have a look at your investment and rebalance it as per your current requirements.

Personal finance is all about managing your money efficiently so that it can give you a sense of financial security through various simple steps even if they do not involve any money like budgeting, tracking your budgets, crafting financial goals, etc.

Anushka Trivedi is a freelance financial content writer. She can be reached at anushkatrivedi.com

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It is recommended to first allocate money to savings every month before spending.  
First Published: 28 Dec 2022, 02:24 PM IST