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Eight money tips to help young earners plan their finances

Eight money tips to help young earners plan their finances

Dreams, these days, come with a high price tag. A car for Rs 5 lakh, a house for Rs 50 lakh, several lakhs for a decent education for kids and crores for a cushy retirement. In fact, seemingly simple needs have been elevated to dreams due to the high cost associated with them. You require either a large income or a strategic plan to meet these basic life goals.

1. MAKE A BUDGET & START SAVING
Budgeting is the simple exercise of reconciling your income with your expenses, and should be your first step. Note down your monthly spending

Budgeting is the simple exercise of reconciling your income with your expenses, and should be your first step. Note down your monthly spending as per your ease of usage: Excel sheet, simple diary, mobile app, or desktop. The aim is to know how much you spend under various heads. “I use Excel sheet to keep track of my spending and know what percentage of my salary goes where,” says 24-year-old Saugata Palit, who has been working as senior executive in a private firm in Delhi for the past 18 month ..

Eight money tips to help young earners plan their finances

Eight money tips to help young earners plan their finances

Dreams, these days, come with a high price tag. A car for Rs 5 lakh, a house for Rs 50 lakh, several lakhs for a decent education for kids and crores for a cushy retirement. In fact, seemingly simple needs have been elevated to dreams due to the high cost associated with them. You require either a large income or a strategic plan to meet these basic life goals.

While the former may not always be easy for the average salaried person, the latter is certainly within reach, especially if you begin at the beginning. Make a financial plan the day you start working and you won’t have to scramble to fund each aspiration.

However, it may not be as easy as it seems. “I just don’t know how much to save and where to invest, so I don’t budget and end up spending a lot,” says Harshinder Kaur, who started working two years ago as a probationary officer at a bank in Ganganagar, Rajasthan. She doesn’t know how to formulate a plan for herself. This is a predicament many youngsters in their mid-20s face. The twin behavioural devils of ignorance and procrastination push most people into their 30s before they get down to streamlining their finances. This often results in faulty investment choices, flawed portfolios, unmet goals and financial insecurity later in life.

“This category is not a cash cow for advisory firms, and as they have no one to turn to, they often get lost,” says Jayant Pai, CFP and Head, Marketing, PPFAS Mutual Fund. We, at ET Wealth, will try to remedy this through our cover story this week. In the following pages, we offer the newly employed youth a step by step guide to plan their finances. We focus on the building blocks they need at this stage: budgeting, goals, investment, insurance, taxation and salary structure. However, this is merely intended to propel them into planning and they will need to research and learn continuously throughout their working lives. Remember, financial freedom is not achieved the day you start working, but the day you get your finances in working order.

Dreams, these days, come with a high price tag. A car for Rs 5 lakh, a house for Rs 50 lakh, several lakhs for a decent education for kids and crores for a cushy retirement. In fact, seemingly simple needs have been elevated to dreams due to the high cost associated with them. You require either a large income or a strategic plan to meet these basic life goals.

While the former may not always be easy for the average salaried person, the latter is certainly within reach, especially if you begin at the beginning. Make a financial plan the day you start working and you won’t have to scramble to fund each aspiration.

However, it may not be as easy as it seems. “I just don’t know how much to save and where to invest, so I don’t budget and end up spending a lot,” says Harshinder Kaur, who started working two years ago as a probationary officer at a bank in Ganganagar, Rajasthan. She doesn’t know how to formulate a plan for herself. This is a predicament many youngsters in their mid-20s face. The twin behavioural devils of ignorance and procrastination push most people into their 30s before they get down to streamlining their finances. This often results in faulty investment choices, flawed portfolios, unmet goals and financial insecurity later in life.

“This category is not a cash cow for advisory firms, and as they have no one to turn to, they often get lost,” says Jayant Pai, CFP and Head, Marketing, PPFAS Mutual Fund. We, at ET Wealth, will try to remedy this through our cover story this week. In the following pages, we offer the newly employed youth a step by step guide to plan their finances. We focus on the building blocks they need at this stage: budgeting, goals, investment, insurance, taxation and salary structure. However, this is merely intended to propel them into planning and they will need to research and learn continuously throughout their working lives. Remember, financial freedom is not achieved the day you start working, but the day you get your finances in working order.

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