The end of the financial year (EOFY) is upon us. Now is the time to have some tough but necessary conversations about the finances in your life. Stepping up to the challenge and making your financial health a priority can significantly impact your future, especially if you dream of home ownership like so many do. Here are four challenging conversations to kick start you into the Wealth Game mindset:

1. Say No to Friends or Family

Saying no to lending money to friends or family can be challenging but necessary. It’s important to prioritise your financial stability and goals, such as paying down debt or saving for a deposit. Begin by explaining your financial priorities and offering alternatives, like suggesting they seek side jobs or other resources. You can maintain your financial health while still offering support.

2. Ask for a Raise at Work

Requesting a raise can be daunting, but it is a crucial conversation for improving your financial situation. Highlighting your achievements and contributions at work justifies your request and can lead to a higher income, which directly impacts your ability to save and invest. This conversation also sets a precedent for valuing your worth and striving for financial growth. Begin by gathering evidence of your contributions, understanding the upper and lower pay brackets of the role, and practising how you will articulate your worth to your employer. Then, schedule a meeting and bite the bullet.

3. Ask for a Discount on Bills

Negotiating for discounts on regular bills and services is an effective way to cut back on spending. Whether it’s with utility companies, internet providers, or other service suppliers, asking for a discount or better deal can result in substantial savings over time. This practice helps in managing household finances more efficiently and reducing unnecessary expenditures. The best starting point is to shop around, bring your current supplier competitor quotes. If they won’t match it, walk.

4. Negotiate Your Bank Fees

Bank fees can add up quickly, eating into your savings. Discussing fee waivers or reductions with your bank can lead to significant savings. Sometimes, it’s as simple as the bank switching your account type to one that is more cost effective and suitable for your specific use case. Firstly, it’s important to be direct and explain your financial situation and goals. Next, showcase your loyalty or remind the bank that there are alternatives you could go with. Finally, be honest about your financial or property goals and the need cut back so you can set yourself for future mortgage loans.

Next Steps

This EOFY, take the time to have these crucial conversations. They may be challenging, but the benefits far outweigh the discomfort. By addressing these topics, you pave the way for a more secure and prosperous financial future for your family. Contact us today to get more tips and strategies on managing your finances effectively.