Learn three simple steps you can take to organize your finances for the New Year so you can finally take control of your money!
Have you made your goals for the year yet? How about your financial goals? Today I’m sharing three simple steps you can take to organize your finances for the New Year so you can save more and stay organized all year long.
Close Out The Old Year
Now is the perfect time to review and close out your finances from last year. Transitioning your finances from the old year to the new can help you to reach your financial goals and will make preparing your taxes much simpler.
Review Your Spending
First review your spending from last year. A quick overview of where you spent your money can help you to be more intentional with your purchases this year.
If you use a debit card you can simply look back over your account to see what you spent or you can use budgeting software to track. We use a combination of cash and debit cards so I collect our receipts and write down what we spent each week on a page in our Budget Binder. I review it each month and again at the end of the year.
If you haven’t been tracking your spending, I encourage you to start now. You’ll be surprised how much it helps you to manage your money well.
Check Your Balances
Once you’ve taken a look at your spending, you can review your other financial numbers. Take the time to write down how much money you have in savings, checking and investment accounts, as well as how much you owe on credit cards and loans. Taking a snapshot of your money situation will guide you in creating your financial goals for the year.
Finalize the Paperwork
Next, gather all of your paperwork and financial statements from this year and tuck them away until it’s time to prepare your taxes. I also start a new checkbook register at the beginning of the new year and place the old one in our tax file for the previous year, as well as finalizing the books for my business. (We don’t write any checks, but I use the register to keep our accounts reconciled with our online banking.)
Speaking of financial statements, the papers can easily pile up and become disorganized so I set up a simple file system at the beginning of the year to keep all the papers organized. Throughout the year I file financial paperwork into three file folders:
(1) financial statements and check stubs;
(2) medical bills;
(3) paid household bills.
I also collect all receipts during the year and file them in envelopes by month. I have one set of envelopes for business expenses and one set for personal.
At the beginning of the year I transfer all receipt envelopes and folders from the previous year to an accordion file in preparation for tax season and I label folders for the new year. I also print my Business Income and Expense spreadsheet for the year and begin a new one. I’ve just saved myself a ton of stress when it’s time to prepare our taxes.
Set Your Direction
If you want to be more in control of your money, you’ll need to set up tools and systems for all of the “business” of your finances. In addition to my file system, one of my favorite tools for staying on track with our financial goals is my Money GPS or Budget Binder. If you haven’t created a binder yet, check out How to Create a Simple DIY Budget Binder HERE.
Every January my husband and I review our budget and decide on our financial goals for the year and for the first quarter of the year. We review our Big Money Vision, set our first savings target which I write on our Savings Target Page (pictured above), then I update all of the sections of our binder.
Keeping your money on track will be easy if you take these three simple steps to organize your finances for the new year. You’ll take control of your money so you can spend wisely, save purposefully and reach your financial goals this year. Try it — you’ll like it! 🙂
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I experienced a huge loss when my husband unexpectedly passed away in December and so I’m not sure how my budget and spending are going to be yet so my financial goal is to not use a credit card except if we go on a vacation.
Kimberlee Stokes says
I’m so sorry that you are going through this Emilie. I’m proud of you for deciding not to use the credit card, though. You are very wise.