December 27, 2023
5 Tips to Survive January's Financial Crunch and Start 2024 Successfully
These 5 tips will help you navigate the January financial crunch and meet your financial goals in 2024.

These 5 tips will help you navigate the January financial crunch and meet your financial goals in 2024.

1. Set SMART Financial Goals

Carefully plan your finances by establishing SMART goals with the following characteristics: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. While it may sound complex, it's simpler than you think. 

  • Instead of expressing a vague wish like "I want to save more." ❌ 
  • Opt for something more specific and realistic, like "My goal is to save €10,000 in a year for my emergency fund over the next 3 years." ✅ 

This approach will keep you on a clear path and motivate you to achieve your objectives.

2. Save with the 50-30-20 Rule

Beyond just reaching a goal, saving becomes essential for building a solid financial foundation to face unforeseen circumstances. It is recommended to reserve 3 to 6 months of expenses in savings, and applying the 50-30-20 rule can help. Allocate 50% of your income to fixed expenses, 30% to variable expenses, and reserve 20% for savings. This structured approach ensures you are prepared to handle any contingency and provides financial stability.

3. Reevaluate Recurring Expenses and Priorities

Take time to analyze your recurring expenses and eliminate non-essential ones, such as unused subscriptions. Get to know Rand Pro, the subscription that doesn't burden you with expenses. 

Cutting costs on your services can also be beneficial. Review your water, electricity, or phone bills; compare prices between companies and switch to the one offering better benefits and prices. This rule also applies to your car insurance, health insurance, or any other recurring expenses. 

This review will free up financial resources that you can allocate to more meaningful goals or financial priorities. If you're unsure of your priorities, focus on essential expenses like mortgages, credit cards, or other fixed costs that need covering.

4. Take Your Time Before Making a Purchase

Encourage conscious decision-making by applying effective time management techniques. These tactics will help you avoid unnecessary expenses and maintain a disciplined focus on your financial goals.

The 24-hour rule is relevant for small-scale and non-essential purchases. In this context, give yourself the time to reflect on the true need for the item in question. 

On the other hand, the 30-day rule applies to significant and high-cost purchases. This technique suggests dedicating a full month to consideration and reflection before making the final decision, providing ample time to assess whether this purchase aligns with your long-term financial goals.

5. Think Long-Term

Explore the possibility of achieving financial independence and retiring early. The philosophy of "Financial Independence, Retire Early" (FIRE) has recently emerged, aiming to save 70% of your annual income. While not everyone can reach this savings percentage, there are tools designed for long-term savings that, with a lower monthly contribution, could help you achieve this goal. 

Consider the Earn account, offering a yields of up to 6.00% APY on your savings. You can calculate your return using our simulation calculator available on the Rand app. This tool allows you to accurately and personally assess how your contributions can contribute to the boost of your funds, bringing you closer to your financial independence and early retirement goals.

The 6.00% is composed of a 4.00% APY in euros + 2.00% APY in RND.