There are more important things, like paying the bills and filing taxes, but simply knowing what your year looks like as far as finances go is a simple way to save headaches and help you plan ahead!
Just print the financial year summary sheet below (or download it so you can print it in the future) and fill it out.
But what do I put on it? Every big or important money related thing that happens or that you have to do, in the correct month.
Want to update your budget at the end of every year? Put that in December.
Want to do your taxes in February? Write “file income tax” in February.
Insurance due in March and September? Write that down.
August heavy on birthdays and anniversaries (and you give gifts)? Take note.
Basically, note anything:
- That happens every year, but not every month, that impacts you financially
- Bills that aren’t due every month
Why? Mostly so you won’t forget about them. Secondarily, so you can plan for them (and save money beforehand).
Don’t worry if you don’t have much to put on it at first. You probably will eventually.
Financial Year Overview