How To Attain Financial Freedom With ATB

Financial freedom, what exactly is it and how do you get there? It isn't something that's just reserved for people with millions of dollars. This is one common misconception I've heard amongst friends before. I'm certainly not a financial expert, but as a single mom I've had to learn a thing or two about planning, budgeting and finding my way to financial freedom. I often talk about interiors, fashion, beauty and health... but financial health is a satisfying goal to aspire to as well. 
At some point - or another in life - most of us will experience needing or wanting something that we can't necessarily afford at that time. Perhaps it's a trip or a handbag, or even a living expense or a sudden car repair. Saving isn't always easy, and while they teach us complex trigonometry in school, they skip the financial advice that would provide us with valuable life skills.
I felt like a fish out of water understanding some things at first, so over the years I've read books in an effort to inform myself and to hopefully make wise and savvy financial moves. It also helps that I grew up with a mom who was hard working and a well-respected real estate agent. 
When you hear about rates, mortgages and general planning at the dinner table as a child you're bound to absorb some knowledge. But despite gleaning bits of information from my mom and books, it helped considerably to rely on the wisdom of financial experts to bridge the remainder of what I didn't know and help me arrive at my goals. 
Financial freedom means you have a plan.  For some, it also means being debt free. When you stick to a plan you begin to have choices and at the same time feel a sense of having options and security. This is what I learned from the experts at ATB. Since implementing their help I've felt driven and compelled to stick with my plan. In the event of an unexpected expense I've had a financial advisor who remembers my name and my family situation to bounce my thoughts off of, and I have received excellent advice
My next goal is to take my little guy to Disney and tour around California, but I also have some things that need to be addressed around the house. In the meantime, I'll stick to the plans I have in place until I can make those things happen. 
What would you do with your financial freedom? 

To get a leg up on your financial future, ATB is currently running its “What Are You Saving For?” contest. To enter, Albertans are asked to submit the story of what they are saving for in a creative way. The contest runs until February 28th. There will be random winners drawn daily receiving $500 prizes. At the end of the contest, ATB will select a winner based on their submission to win $10,000! Make sure to make your entries fun and engaging! More details here! 
In case you don’t happen to win $10,000, or you do and you’re unsure of how to best utilize your winnings, here are some financial tips to remember
  • It's never ever too late to get started on financial goals
  • Get out of high interest debt by refinancing at a lower rate
  • Work with a trusted financial advisor who will help you achieve your goals #ATBListens
  • Create an emergency fund to cover your expenses 
  • Make list of goals and dreams and create a financial plan to accommodate them
  • It's ok to revise your goals as your dreams and wishes change
  • Take advantage of TFSA and daily savings accounts

Good Luck! xo Erica

This post was sponsored by ATB. All styling, advice and opinions are my own.


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