Our very own Marcus Holzberg, CFP® was recently featured in an article from CNBC Select about a recent TikTok trend called the ‘financial cleanse.’
The financial cleanse is an easy way to organize your budget by essentially creating a financial journal. It involves evaluating your finances to spark mindfulness about your spending. The hope is that writing your expenditures out in one place can help you reset some of your financial habits and make more suitable money decisions.
Over the years, many people have written about different strategies for budgeting. It can be really challenging to systematize spending patterns and transform practices that are potentially harmful to your wallet into good savings routines. At the core of most budgeting strategies are the following:
Take stock of the financial-related items in your life (expenses, savings, etc.),
Organize them into categories, and
Methodically declutter and simplify your life.
Often, when we decide to adjust our financial ways and look for the best strategy on how to do so, we get so focused on finding the perfect solution that it inhibits us from taking the first step toward meaningful change. Moreover, in creating a budget, you are uncovering your relationship with money. Consequently, you may experience different feelings of surprise, excitement, nostalgia, embarrassment, etc. Try not to feel shame or assign blame to some of these purchasing events; we all make decisions in the moment that make sense given our unique circumstances. Instead, try to act dispassionately to help accomplish the goal of the budgeting exercise – to lighten the load of financial stress weighing on you physically and/or mentally.
The most important thing is taking that first step and trying something. If it does not work, move on and try something else that may be better for you. As Marcus says in the article, “There’s a misconception that wealth is a once-in-a-lifetime decision or transformation that you make. It’s just a product of recurring habits compounded over long periods of time.”
If you have questions about ways to make your budgeting more effective, talk with a financial advisor. You can schedule a complimentary, no-obligation call with us here!
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