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5 Steps to Get Your Savings Back on Track

Originally published by the Ontario Securities Commission on GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca. Adapted with permission.

Whether it’s a job loss, a significant decline on your investments, or a large, unexpected expense, everyone faces financial setbacks. If it happens to you, saving money may be the last thing on your mind. These steps can help get you back on track—and back to saving money— more quickly.

1. Look at your current finances
Look at what you own and what you owe. Are you behind on paying your bills? Do you have a lot of high-interest debt? Do you have enough savings to get you through this financial setback? If you need help figuring things out, Avail CPA can help.     

2. Review your financial goals
Think about what you would like to do in one year, five years, 10 years or more. Try to be as specific as possible. When you’re facing a setback, some of your financial goals may have to change. Still, it will be easier to get your finances back on track when you know what you’re saving for.

3. Review your budget
Just as you’ll want to revisit your financial goals, you’ll want to revisit your budget too. Having a realistic budget and sticking to it will help you get back on track.

4. Review your retirement plan
Depending on your age, you may have time to make up any losses that could affect your retirement plan. If you’re in your 50s or 60s, you may face some difficult choices, including:

  • working longer, so you’ll have more time to save and more time for your investments to recover,
  • cutting back your spending, so you can save more in the years leading up to retirement, or
  • retiring as planned and learning to live on less. 

5. Take action
At Avail CPA we recognize our clients are looking for one trusted point of contact to provide complete integrated planning services. With our certified financial planners and wealth planning team, we can help you take the steps you need to reach your financial goals. Call or visit us today to find out more.

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