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Business News/ Money / Personal Finance/  New Year, New Wallet: 5 financial resolutions to keep yourself secure in 2024
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New Year, New Wallet: 5 financial resolutions to keep yourself secure in 2024

In 2024, focus on financial security by creating a budget, establishing an emergency fund, diversifying investments, prioritizing debt repayment, and embracing insurance

Five impactful financial resolutions to be explored in New Year 2024 (iStock)Premium
Five impactful financial resolutions to be explored in New Year 2024 (iStock)

As we step into a new year, it's crucial to take a closer look at our financial habits and make resolutions to ensure our long-term financial security. The past year has been rife with uncertainty and economic challenges, reminding us of the importance of being financially prepared for whatever lies ahead. 

Whether it’s the ongoing impact of the pandemic, changes in job markets, or unforeseen emergencies, taking proactive measures now can help safeguard our financial well-being in the future. In this article, we will explore five impactful financial resolutions to keep yourself financially secure in 2024.

Budgeting and track spending

Creating a comprehensive budget and closely monitoring your spending habits is the foundation of financial security. Allocate your income to different categories such as housing, transportation, groceries, and savings. By tracking your expenses and ensuring they align with your budget, you can identify areas where you can cut back and save more effectively. Utilise budgeting apps or spreadsheets to make the process easier and more efficient.

Building an emergency fund

Establishing an emergency fund is crucial to protect yourself from unexpected financial setbacks. Aim to save at least three to six months' worth of living expenses in a separate account. This fund will act as a safety net, providing you with peace of mind in case of job loss, medical emergencies, or any other unforeseen circumstances that may arise.

Investing wisely

While saving money is important, investing can potentially help grow your wealth over time. Consider diversifying your investments by exploring various avenues such as stocks, bonds, real estate, or even cryptocurrency. However, always remember that investing involves risks, so seek guidance from a financial advisor and make informed decisions to ensure your investments align with your long-term financial goals.

Paying off debt

Prioritise paying off high-interest debts, such as credit card balances, personal loans, or student loans. The interest accrued on these debts can eat away at your financial security. Develop a debt repayment plan and allocate a portion of your budget towards paying off these obligations. Consider negotiating with lenders for lower interest rates or exploring options for consolidating your debts to make them more manageable.

Embracing insurance

As we navigate through the year 2024, embracing insurance as an essential aspect of our financial planning can provide significant peace of mind. Firstly, investing in health insurance can safeguard against exorbitant medical expenses, offering coverage for unexpected illnesses or accidents. With medical costs on the rise, having a comprehensive health insurance plan can prevent financial strain. 

Nitin Mehta - Chief Customer Officer and Head - Marketing, Digital business, and Online sales at Bharti AXA Life Insurance says, “Whether you need term, whole, or universal life insurance, you should look for products that offer flexible coverage, affordable premiums, and value-added benefits. For example, you may want to consider riders that cover critical illness, disability, or long-term care."

“Life insurance is no longer a luxury, but a necessity in the current times. It can protect you and your loved ones from financial hardships and provide peace of mind. Don’t wait for the next pandemic or major crisis to feel left out. Invest today in a safety net for tomorrow," he added. 

Similarly, maintaining an auto insurance policy helps protect against unforeseen accidents or damages to vehicles, reducing potential financial burdens caused by repair or replacement costs. 

Finally, with the increasing reliance on digital technology, obtaining cyber insurance can defend against potential cyberattacks, safeguarding personal information and financial assets.

Securing your financial future requires a combination of discipline, planning, and adaptability. Remember, financial security is a journey, and it requires ongoing effort and commitment. Start now and stay dedicated to achieving your goals, and you'll be well on your way to a financially secure future.

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Deepika Chelani
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Published: 19 Dec 2023, 01:38 PM IST
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