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Smart Financial Tips for Modern Women

Candice Stanley

Women have made incredible strides toward equality, yet a study by Northwestern Mutual found only four in ten (43%) American women feel financially secure. Only 44% think they will be financially prepared for retirement. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it’s the perfect time to focus on taking control of your finances. Here are some tips to help you on the path to true financial independence: 

1. Become Financially Literate 

Knowledge is power when it comes to money management. Take the time to learn about budgeting, saving, investing, and financial planning. Understanding key financial concepts will allow you to make informed decisions about your money. (Not sure where to start? GenWealth Academy has all sorts of free resources!) 

2. Negotiate Your Worth  

Whether it’s a job offer or a raise, don’t be afraid to negotiate for what you deserve. Research salary trends in your field and be prepared to make a strong case for why your skills and experience are worth top compensation. 

3. Build an Emergency Fund 

Unexpected expenses can easily derail your financial plans. Aim to save 3-6 months’ worth of living expenses in an easily accessible emergency fund. This safety net will protect you from going into debt during tough times. 

4. Get out of Debt 

High-interest debt, like credit cards, can be a huge drain on your finances. Create a plan to pay off debts, starting with the highest-interest ones first. Explore debt consolidation or balance transfer options if needed. 

5. Save for Retirement  

It’s never too early (or too late) to start saving for retirement. Take advantage of employer-sponsored plans and maximize contributions. Consider opening an IRA or other retirement account if you don’t have access to a workplace plan. 

6. Invest Wisely 

Investing is key to building long-term wealth. Educate yourself on different investment vehicles like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Consider working with a financial advisor to develop an investment strategy aligned with your goals. 

7. Protect Yourself with Insurance 

Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage like health, disability, life, and liability insurance. This will safeguard your finances against catastrophic events or lawsuits. 

8. Live Within Your Means 

Avoiding lifestyle inflation and living below your means allows you to save more. Regularly analyze spending and make cuts where possible to free up money for savings and investments. 

True financial independence affords you the ability to shape your own life. Celebrate your worth this Women’s History Month by taking control of your finances! 

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

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