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How to make your own money manifesto

Weeks of campaigning come to an end today, but just because the politicians have made all their promises it doesn’t mean you can’t make your own personal pledge to get your finances in shape.

We’ve a four point plan to help you make your own money manifesto:

1. Decide your financial policy

What is it you want to change about you and your money? Do you want to work your way out of debt? Maybe save enough for a house deposit?

If you nail down what you want to achieve – and set a goal related to it – you’ll have far more motivation to keep working towards it.

2. Make a pledge to balance the books

You’ll achieve very little if you don’t have a good grip on your finances. If you don’t know what you spend each month or you’ve got debts to pay, using a budget planner tool can help.

Entering everything you spend and everything you earn into the tool will give you an idea if you are spending too much or if you’ve got potential to put more into savings.

 

3. Promise to talk about your finances

It’s good to talk. And never is it more important than when it comes to money. Our ‘polling’ found 45% of Brits aren’t always honest with their partner about money, which can lead to all sorts of problems.

Making sure you’re both involved in running the household finances will help you to deal with any issues that might arise, in a democratic way.

4. Plan for the future

It’s easy to live in the here and now. Spending or saving usually has short term goals, but if you want to be able to have a similar lifestyle when you are older, you need to think about the future.

Whether you’re already saving into a pension or not, use our simple Pension calculator to find out how much you’ll need to put aside to have the income you want in retirement.

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