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Three Ways Women Can Take Control Of Their Finances

Updated: Jun 27, 2022

By: Lyle Solomon



Throughout history, we've seen that whenever there is money talk, it's always the man who

enters the room. Money and men have always walked side by side. They were family

breadwinners and sat atop the corporate financial ladder, with women a few steps behind

them. This narrative, over time, has changed. Now, women walk side-by-side with men in

numerous aspects of life, including managing their finances. This trend reflects women's

improved access to higher-paying employment following graduation, sharing of household

responsibilities, and more. 


Higher wages and power are part of the solution. To preserve their financial prospects,

women should save, spend, and invest. Financial empowerment isn't based on net value. It

implies having the confidence and abilities to manage your money.


So let's see a few ways to help women reach financial freedom:


Build a strong foundation

When you have a clear understanding of the state your finances are in right now, you will

have the ability to visualize the course that your finances will take in the future. By doing so,

you will be able to build a strong foundation. 


Know where your money is coming from and where it's going. Managing your finances starts

with knowing the details. Keeping track of your monthly income and expenses will help you

meet your financial goals.


Create a budget. You can better manage your finances and spend your money this way.

Planning ahead can help you see the big picture while also enabling you to save more

money through careful budgeting.


Get rid of debt

Stress is horrible for women's health and prevents them from becoming financially

independent. Unmanaged debt can have a negative impact on your finances and generate

stress. A debt-to-income ratio of about 36% is a good goal to shoot for. In the case that you

have outstanding balances on more than one credit card, you should give priority to paying

off the card that carries the highest interest rate. If you can pay off your credit card debt as

quickly as possible, you will be much better off financially in the long run. Credit counselors

can also assist you to get out of credit card debt


Invest in your retirement

For women, it is crucial to plan for a long retirement. What can you do to get the most out of

your retirement funds? To succeed, you must plan ahead. Think about your retirement

goals, when you expect to retire, and how long your savings should last. To avoid running

out of retirement cash, plan as if your money will endure long after you are gone. 

Evaluate your retirement expenses and develop an estimate. Consider living costs; will you

have a mortgage or other bills? Look at healthcare, medications, and inflation.

Find all sources of retirement income—Roth IRAs, IRAs, Social Security, company pension

plans, etc.


Conclusion

In terms of women and money, there is a considerable opportunity for empowerment. It

doesn't matter your age or gender; a lack of financial control can paralyze anyone. By

focusing on financial literacy, paying off debt, having good financial planning, and saving for

retirement, women can empower themselves to manage their money effectively and build

wealth. A financial advisor can point you in the right direction if you're unsure where to

begin. They are trained to help people just like you.


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About The Author:


Lyle Solomon has considerable litigation experience as well as substantial hands-on knowledge and expertise in legal analysis and writing. Since 2003, he has been a member of the State Bar of California. In 1998, he graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, and now serves as a principal attorney for the Oak View Law Group in California. He has contributed to publications such as Entrepreneur, All Business, US Chamber, Finance Magnates, Next Avenue, and many more.

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