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Women, as a statistical group, have different financial needs than men do. Women, on average, live longer than men do. Therefore, it is essential that women plan financially for their senior years, as it is probable that they will outlive their spouse or partner. The number of widows living in poverty is astounding, but smart, forward-looking financial planning can help to avoid this.

Another significant difference in financial needs has to do with the rearing of children. With the rate of divorce being what it is, many mothers find themselves raising their children on their own. After divorce, it is still the woman that typically experiences a decline in lifestyle and a decrease in financial stability.

Women raising children alone make up a huge percentage of the nationís poor. Even with child support payments from fathers the real life, day-to-day expenses involved in rearing children can be overwhelming. For women, particularly mothers, financial planning should take into account this potential. Itís better to be safe than sorry, and if the marriage survives and single parenthood doesnít happen, then thereís a tidy little nest egg for college, retirement, or a celebration of making it through the good times and the bad times successfully and together.

Financial Tips For Women

  1. As a woman, you are likely to live longer than your spouse or partner. Be sure that your retirement planning reflects that likelihood.
  2. Take the steps to become educated about money and finance in both the broad sense and within your personal life. Be an informed and active part of your familyís finances and fiscal decisions.
  3. Invest in yourself. Too often, women donít make real investments. Consider buying a house, start retirement accounts, engage in serious financial planning and investing Ė during your 20s and 30s or while you are single.
  4. Question your spending motives. Donít fall prey to emotional spending, to using shopping as a means of feeling better when experiencing a period of stress or of feeling down, or something more serious, such as depression. If there is an underlying issue, address it. You and your bank account will be better off.
  5. Budget like you really mean it.
  6. Recognize that the odds are that, as a woman, your overall earnings are likely to be less. Increase the percentage of your income that you save to offset that difference.
  7. Prepare for potentials that are unpleasant to consider, such as marital breakup and single parenthood. Do your best to have separate, private just in case savings.

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