It's never too late to get your finances in order. We make it easy to reach your financial goals and are here to help. If you want to grab hold of your finances here are a few tips to get you started.
Make a budget
Break the paycheck to paycheck cycle by creating a budget to help you see where your money is going. Making a budget is easier than ever with our FREE My Money Map tool. Set goals, track your spending and see all of your accounts in one place to see how well your spending goals match your spending habits. Use it for one month to see where your money goes, and make adjustments to maximize savings for the things that matter most.
Save for the unexpected
Kids get sick, cars break down, your phone falls in a puddle, life happens. Will you be prepared to pay for those emergencies? 69% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings to cover emergencies*. Building a safety net for when life happens is as easy as paying yourself first. Saving $20 a paycheck gets you to $500. Start saving today and see how easy it is to be prepared for the unexpected.
Pay down debt
Paying down your debt as soon as possible will help you save on interest. When budgeting, remember to add in a little extra to your monthly payments to help pay your debt as soon as possible. Becoming debt free puts you in complete control of your money and most importantly, your life.
Once you have a budget, have money in an emergency fund and pay off your debt, It’s time to put your money to work. Investing with people that are accredited are crucial to your success. Our experienced team of investment professionals can help you with a variety of options. To learn more about our team and schedule a no-cost, no obligation appointment with an advisor click here.
Credit Score Tips
Be sure to maintain your credit report.
Improving your credit score will help you get better rates when getting a loan, as well as on your auto insurance and will show potential lenders that you are responsible with your finances. Here are things to remember to keep your credit score high.
Pay your bills on time
Use whatever you need to remember to make your payments on time. Each time you’re late on a payment it gets reported to the credit bureau as a negative mark on your credit report. Paying each bill on time shows that you are a responsible consumer, and lenders are more likely to approve loans.
Keep balances on Credit Cards low
Not only does keeping your balance low help you pay less interest, it also shows lenders that you pay your debts.
Monitor your credit
You’re entitled to a free credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies. Make sure you dispute any inaccuracies that could hurt your credit score.
Only apply for credit that you need
Don’t take more money out than you need. Be responsible with loans and credit cards and plan for emergencies.