2018 is almost here – are you ready?
Usher in the new year with plans for financial improvement and resolutions to do more.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Tune your budget
It’s great to start off the new year with a plan. A budget is just that-a plan that starts with the income you expect and your fixed expenses such as your mortgage, insurance and utilities. The plan incorporates your savings goals, and the remaining money is designated for your other expenses. A realistic budget will help you set your financial goals and will remind you to stick to them. Now is the perfect time to assess last year’s budget or create a new one if you don’t yet have one in place.
Reviewing how you spent last year’s money will help you make better financial decisions for the year ahead. While thinking about it, include a method for tracking your spending. You can do this on a spreadsheet or tag items in your checking account.
Even with a solid plan, there can be surprises along the way, so be sure to build an emergency fund into your budget.