Why You Should Be Your Own Backup Plan

Be Your own backup plan

I am a firm believer that regardless of what it is that you do, whether you have a corporate job or are a small business owner or a stay at home mom, you need to clearly understand your financial picture and prepare a plan for your future self.

Being your own back up plan means:

  1.  Paying off debt

  2. Controlling your spending

  3. Paying bills on time

  4. Saving for emergencies

  5. Saving for retirement via a diversified portfolio of investments

  6. Creating multiple streams of income 

  7. Putting aside your own fun money

If you are married or have a significant other: 

 You need to participate in your finances as a team. Make financial decisions - discuss investments and spending - together. Understand where your money is going and how much money you have in savings and in investments - together. 

If you are a stay at home mom or homemaker, which in itself is a full time job, you need to be the CFO of the establishment that is your home. Be involved in all of your family financial decisions and make sure you clearly understand your family's financial picture. Help manage your family's savings and investments. Plan your household budget. Stay involved.

When it comes to joint & separate accounts:

As women, when it comes to bank accounts, having joint accounts is great but I also believe in having your own personal savings accounts as well. They should not, however, be secret; after all marriage and committed relationships are all about openness and honesty, but as women we need to build our own sense of security and have our “own thing" going. At a minimum, you should have your own accounts where you save for your personal splurges or other things. Be open with your spouse, let them know what you have saved and set the same expectation for them as well.

Not everyone will agree with me on this and that's ok but look at it this way, in the event that something serious happens or your significant other makes a poor financial decision that causes you to loose it all - wouldn't it be great if YOU could be the back up plan instead of there being no plan? How about having your own exit strategy if need be? Money should not be the reason you stay trapped in a bad relationship that you know you need to get out of.

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Don't sit around waiting for anyone to improve your financial situation. You owe it to yourself to take charge of your own financial situation.

Bola Onada Sokunbi


Bola Onada Sokunbi

Bola is a Certified Financial Educator, money coach, finance writer, business strategist, social media influencer and founder of Clever Girl Finance, a platform that empowers and educates women to make the best financial decisions for their current and future selves and to pursue their dreams of financial independence in order to live life on their own terms.