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Be Prepared for Major Life Events

Financial planning is more than just managing your day-to-day finances; it’s about preparing for the future and life events that will inevitably occur. Three of the most significant financial milestones people often encounter are purchasing a home, investing in their children’s education, and planning retirement.

Home purchase is the most substantial investment you will make in your lifetime. It requires up front capital for a down payment. yearly real estate taxes, homeowner’s insurance, insurance deductible, and maintenance costs. Therefore, planning for a home purchase starts with saving for a down payment. The down payment typically ranges from 5% to 20% of the home’s price, so it’s critical to have a savings plan tailored to achieve this goal. Also, you should consider your credit score, as it can significantly impact the interest rate on your mortgage.

Education, whether for yourself or your children, is another significant expense that requires careful financial planning. WIth the cost of educationrising, lack of proper planning can lead to substantial debt. Start by researching different savings options, such as 529 plans that offer tax advantages for educational expenses. It’s crucial to start saving as early as possible to lessen the burden when the time comes.

Retirement is the third life event that requires meticulous financial planning. It’s a long-term goal that can seem far off when you’re young, but the earlier you start saving, the better off you’ll be in your retirement. A common rule of thumb is to save at least 15% of your income for retirement. If your employer offers retirement benefits, such as a 401(k) match, make sure you’re taking full advantage of them. In addition, diversify your investments to spread the risk and increase your returns.

One of the common mistakes people make when planning for these life events is forgetting to consider inflation. The cost of living tends to increase over time, so what seems like a substantial saving today isn’t sufficient in the future. Therefore, inflation is an essential consideration when setting your saving goals. Remember that financial planning is not a one-size-fits-all process. Everyone’s situation and goals are unique, so what works for one person may not work for another.

To successfully plan for these major life events, you need to understand your current financial position, where you would like to be in the future, and how you and your family are protected with income replacement through term life insurance. Start by setting clear, achievable goals for each stage of life. Then, create a budget that includes these goals and stick to it. Regularly review and adjust your budget as your income, expenses, and goals change.

Planning for life events like home purchases, education expenses, and retirement is a continuous process that requires discipline, foresight, and adaptability. Make it a resolution in 2024 to set clear goals, make a budget, and regularly review your financial plan. With our FREE Financial Needs Analysis (FNA), we can provide you with a roadmap to navigate the correct paths of saving, providing for education costs, and a custom-tailored path to accomplishing your goals and milestones with confidence and stability.

By Mahalia Boyd,
UniteNews Contributing Writer
Primerica Representative
Instagram @mahaliaboyd

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