Getting Financially Fit in 2015
a “weight loss pledge” that individuals could find easy to keep!
“Approximately $10.5 billion in change is hidden in US homes,”
says Alex Camara, senior vice president and general manager, worldwide for Coinstar, country. “That breaks down to about $99 per household. With full time jobs with benefits are scarce and uncertain not to mention huge home-heating bills this winter, many individuals feel they can’t afford to overlook any source of cash.” “The majority of the population accumulates spare change,” Camara says. “The new year is the perfect time to make financial resolutions and do something proactive with that change.” I suggest picking up a 5-10 gallon water bottle from Lowe's or Home Depot and start filling it with your spare change everyday. After 6 months you will be really surprised.
Here are some basic tips for getting financially fit in 2015:
• Define your financial priorities for the coming year. Is
your goal to reduce or eliminate your credit card debt? Pay
student loans; don't be a "professional student" and continue
to defer your loans; start paying;
Increase your retirement savings? Establish a college
fund for your children?
• Recognize the difference between needs and wants.
Most of us have far more wants than we could possibly
finance. Plan to pay for the needs first. Assess just
how much it costs every month to fund your family’s
basic needs, including housing, food, utilities, health
• Gather up all your monthly bills and make a list of what
you pay towards each.
• Collect receipts for a few months. Every time you
spend money – whether it’s for groceries, going to a
movie, dining out or buying a pack of gum – keep the
receipt in a brown 8x11 envelope and categorize each one on the
front of the envelope. Use them to create a list at the end of the
month to show you where your pocket cash is going.
• Similarly, write down all your available sources of
income, including your salary, spouse’s salary,
bonuses, etc.! Remember, child support is for the child; not to
buy shoes, gucci, nails etc. Be accountable and use it for their
needs, shelter, food, extra curricular activities, tutoring etc.
Create a Budget:
Once you know how much money you have coming in and
going out every moth, create a budget based on your priorities
and past experience. Be realistic about what you can and
cannot do without. For example, if dining out is a big expense
every month, you may be able to trim it down, but probably
should eliminate it from your budget all together at least for a few months.
Use that money to pay down a bill.
A Complimentary look of easy ways to save for your future
from the LKN Team… Jecolia and Sara White
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