Unless you can afford a personal financial planner, the only person that can get your money in order is you. By setting weekly "money dates", you can build a healthy financial habit by making budgeting a little more fun.
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Going over money isn't usually very exciting, even if it's an important part of ensuring your personal security. Dates usually are pretty exciting, however, and financial planner Brittney Castro suggests you ask yourself out on weekly "money dates" to get yourself on the right foot:
During your money date, pay your bills (although most should be set up as auto-pay), update and review your budget, and take care of any other financial concerns. By calling this allocated time with your money a "date," you can begin to bring fun, exciting elements into your financial life to help you stay committed for the long haul and really show your money some extra TLC.
Go over your finances with concurrent rewards so it feels less like a chore and more like something fun. Watch a movie, listen to your favourite jams, or go over your finances at your favourite restaurant or cafe. Sometimes, just being more aware of how you're spending can help a lot. If you're anything like me, building a good money habits isn't easy, but it's never too late to start creating good money habits.
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