With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s time to dust off your recipe box and start planning for the holiday feast. A great meal begins with a great recipe, and the same is true for a solid financial future. Just as you make sure that you have all the ingredients you need before you start cooking, you also need to make sure you have thought through the criteria required to effectively manage your finances. Before you get cooking on your financial future, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients below!


1.    Create a clear financial plan.

Every cook needs a recipe to perfect their dish. To achieve your financial goals, it’s imperative that you have a strong financial plan. What are your goals for the future? Are you trying to buy a home? Do you need to pay for your children’s college educations? Are you planning to retire soon? There are many life events that can impact your finances, so it is important to consider your unique position in life and plan according to your needs. If you do not yet have a solid financial plan in place, consider reaching out to one of our talented financial planners. Our financial plans are 100% free and are completely customizable to your individual financial situation.


2.    Make(and stick to) a budget.

No matter what your financial circumstances are, a carefully considered budget is one of the most useful tools you can utilize to set yourself up for financial success. Whether you are trying to restrict spending to live within your means or whether you are saving to meet specific goals, a budget can help you track your income and expenses to make sure your lifestyle lines up with your needs.


3.    Manage your debt.

Excessive debt can sour even the best financial recipe. As you work on your budgeting goals, consider setting money aside to pay down high-interest debt. It might seem daunting at first, but debts can be paid off efficiently through careful planning and strategic money management.

And during this holiday season, be mindful of your spending. Although we can all be tempted to overfill our plates, resist the temptation to take on additional unmanageable debt during the holidays.


4.    Save strategically.

Even though you might be the one serving your food, you want to make sure your money is serving you! It’s important to be strategic with your savings to maximize your financial portfolio. As you save for major life expenses, be sure that you are also setting aside money for your retirement and for investments. Strategic savings can help make your financial recipe a five-star success.


5.    Review your plan as needed.

Every good recipe goes through some adjustments. Perhaps it needs a bit more garlic, or a dash of salt, or an extra sprinkle of water. Your financial recipe will also need periodic adjustments as your life goals change and develop. Schedule time to review your financial plan as needed to ensure that your plan is still meeting your goals.

If you would like to review your financial recipe, or if you have any questions about how to create a strong financial plan, please reach out to one of our team members. You can contact our office at (469)212-8072or

Glen D. Smith, CFP®, CRPC®
Chief Executive Officer | Chief Investment Officer | Founder

This blog does not constitute advice or a recommendation or offer to sell or a solicitation to deal in any security or financial product. It is provided for information purposes only and on the understanding that the recipient has sufficient knowledge and experience to be able to understand and make their own evaluation of the proposals and services described herein, any risks associated therewith and any related legal, tax, accounting, or other material considerations. To the extent that the reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to their specific portfolio or situation, prospective investors are encouraged to contact GDS Wealth Management at (469)212-8072 or or consult with the professional adviser of their choosing.

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