In the words of scientist Sir Francis Bacon, knowledge is power. This applies to pretty much everything in life and finances make no exception. If you didn’t participate actively in your family finances during your marriage, it might be difficult at first to understand where you stand and how to do things on your own.
Luckily, with so much financial news and information on TV and on the internet, you can learn how things go rather quickly. Do your research as much as possible and stick to reputable sources of information. And discover 25 reasons divorcing in your 40s (or later) isn’t the end of the world.
Draft your budget
Once you’ve got a grasp on your finances, use an easy and intuitive template to create your budget. A budget will help you see clearly where your money is coming from and where it’s going to. If you want to be independent from a financial point of view, having a budget is essential.
A clear budget will show you the spending areas you need to re-evaluate, the monthly expenses you need to cut out or reduce, and, if you’re smart, the extra money you can put aside in a savings account. Drafting a budget is among these 13 Smart Habits of Financially Successful People It’s High Time You Adopted. Read and learn!