Are You Financially Fit?
If you don’t have a financial plan, that question may be hard to answer. To achieve financial wellness, you need to define your goals and set a time frame for reaching them. The following steps can help you take control of your finances.
Build a Budget
A good place to start would be with a budget. Tracking your expenses can help you determine how much money you have coming in each month and how much you’re paying out toward bills and other expenses.
Create an Emergency Fund
Would you be able to pay for an unexpected expense, such as a car repair, broken appliance, or medical emergency? If you don’t have an emergency fund, you might be forced to pay the bill with expensive credit card debt.
Protect Your Credit
Each year, you’re entitled to a copy of your credit report at no cost from each of the three major credit reporting companies — Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. It’s a good idea not only to periodically check your reports for errors but also to get your credit score.
Plan for the Long Term
Saving enough for a comfortable retirement is probably one of your long-term goals. But if you have kids, you may put that goal on the back burner to save for college expenses. Remember, funding your retirement is up to you. Any “extra” money you have left can go toward college savings.
Remember to Review
Establishing a financial plan is only the first step toward achieving financial wellness. Make sure you review your plan on a regular basis to make sure you’re still on track to reaching your goals.
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