Managing your financial health

Understanding financial health

Financial health is an important part of our lives. When we take care of our financial health we can better manage financial stress and achieve our financial goals.  

Financial health is made up of three components: 

  • the ability to meet everyday commitments like paying your bills and making loan repayments

  • the resilience to cope with and recover from unexpected financial events, like your car breaking down or losing your job

  • putting yourself in a position to plan for the future and pursue your goals.

When we maintain good financial health we’re in a better position to handle life’s ups and downs.

How we can help

We can help you build your financial health and better understand your finances. 

Start saving

Once you know what you’re spending your money on, you can focus on saving. 

You can do this by setting up a savings goal using an app. 

If you’re just getting started, we can help you reach your savings goals.

Understand credit and your creditworthiness

If you’re considering credit, it’s important to understand what credit means, the different types of credit and how to manage it.

It’s also important to be aware of your credit rating and your creditworthiness. The better your creditworthiness, the more ways you’ll have to get ahead financially.  

Use your credit card effectively

Credit cards can be confusing, so make sure you understand how they work. It’s also important to know about your credit card limit, fees and interest.

You should set up a notification to let you know when you’re approaching your limit.

Buying a home

Buying your first home is a huge step. 

Use a borrowing calculator to estimate how much you could afford and what your repayments would be.

If you already have a home loan, here are some practical tips to help you pay off your home loan quicker.

What to do when you’re experiencing financial hardship

If you’re experiencing financial difficulty, there are ways to get back on top. We know it can be hard to pick up the phone – you might feel awkward, embarrassed or stressed. But we understand that sometimes things are outside your control, such as illness or suddenly losing your job. 

We’re not here to judge – we’re here to help. 

Source: NAB

Reproduced with permission of National Australia Bank (‘NAB’). This article was originally published at https://www.nab.com.au/personal/life-moments/manage-money/money-basics/financial-health

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