Turn over a new leaf


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The start of the year is a great time to take stock of your finances by reviewing the past twelve months and planning for the year ahead.

By looking back on your finances from the past year, you can get a sense of what you have accomplished, as well as identify areas for improvement. Review your saving and spending patterns, return on investments and progress against your financial goals. This exercise can help to give you ideas for your current year goals.

Document a detailed, realistic budget that sets out allowances for housing, transportation, debt repayment, savings and investments, and day-to-day expenses. Developing your budget with your partner is a good way to ensure it is achievable.

Set goals
In addition to setting savings and investment goals, you may consider an overseas trip, upgrading your car or moving house. Then work out how your goals sit within your budget.

Make a list of any administrative tasks that need doing – like making or updating your will, consolidating your or your spouse's super accounts, or updating your address details with financial institutions – then starting ticking them off.

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