One fact of life is certain, we don’t stay young forever. As we grow older, everyday tasks can become tiresome; we suffer inevitable aches and pains and often have difficulty remembering things. But the ageing process should be seen as a privilege. We have retirement to look forward to, access to good healthcare and the opportunity to spend more time with the people we love. To ensure we’re able to enjoy the life we want to live in the future, it’s important to invest time now to plan for what’s ahead.
Here are 7 ways to get started and invest in yourself for tomorrow:
- Write a bucket list
It’s never too late to write a list of everything you’d like to do before you die. Always wanted to skydive? Eat in a top restaurant? Learn to play the guitar? Start a vegetable patch? Then start by making a list of everything you want to do so you can plan for which ones you want to tick off first.
- Invest in your super
With monthly bills and debts to pay off, investing extra money into your super is the last thing on most people’s minds. According to the ATO, ‘since July 1 2017, most people, regardless of their employment arrangement, will be able to claim a full deduction for personal super contributions they make to their super until they turn 75.’ If you have more than one super fund, the ATO offer a free consolidation service through myGOV. Alternatively you can speak to a financial adviser about how to roll them into the one fund whose risk policies and investment strategies most align with your needs.
- Save money on tax
There are many strategies that can be applied to help alleviate the amount of income tax you pay. After all, it’s your hard earned money so it makes perfect sense to look at ways on how to end up with more of it in your pocket. One example is Salary Sacrificing into your Super. If done correctly, by transferring your pre-tax earnings into a lower taxed environment it will help reduce your personal income tax, as well as help boost your Super balance creating a larger nest egg for your future.
- Write a will
According to ASIC, nearly half of all Australians die without preparing a will. For many people death is a difficult topic to discuss but it’s important to plan for the inevitable so your family are not burdened by financial hardship and legal issues. Having a legal will in place reduces the risk of leaving your estate in the wrong hands. Furthermore, it gives your loved ones time to grieve rather than contesting the distribution of your assets.
- Create a budget
Taking control of your money and income streams is the most effective tool there is to getting your finances under control. Many people think we need to earn more but really we need to spend less. Understanding what you are currently spending your money on and making small changes to these habits can instantly improve your financial position.
- Consider life insurance
Whether it’s a separate policy or through your super, the right cover provides peace of mind in the event of death or a serious illness. Most people have default life insurance through their superannuation. Super funds also allow you to purchase additional cover inside your super. We can help you ensure you have adequate life insurance for your lifestyle.
- Better health
Improving your health and wellbeing will give you more energy (and time) to focus on doing the things you enjoy most. Kick start a healthier lifestyle by making small changes to your day like introducing a five minute morning meditation to reduce stress, walking for 20 minutes on your lunch-break or introducing a green smoothie to get your daily intake of fruit and vegetables . Regular health checks will also help you stay on top of any health issues that arise.
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