David Lerner Associates: 5 Ways to Simplify Your Finances in 2016
Better health and fitness and an improved financial situation are on most Americans’ minds at this time of the year. Simplifying your finances not only improves your situation, but it can also save time and relieve stress. It makes your goals easier to accomplish.
These five tips can help you simplify your finances in 2016:
- Narrow your focus: Trying to reach too many financial goals at once can be stressful.
To simplify your life in 2016, decide what’s most important to you this year, and focus on achieving those goals.
- Bank accounts: Some couples have separate accounts from before their marriage and several savings accounts. It makes sense to have just one checking account and one savings account with one bank. That way you can keep tabs on your money much more easily. There’ll be less paperwork, and when you need statements or other financial information, it will be quick and easy to find.
- Credit cards: If your wallet is crammed with store and bank credit cards, transfer your balances to one or two cards with the lowest interest rates and best rewards. That way you can pay the debt off faster and save on interest and annual fees. You also lessen the work of keeping track of due dates and getting hit with late fees, if you forget to pay one of the cards on time.
- Consolidate your 401Ks: If you’ve had several jobs over the years, it’s likely that you have money in more than one 401k account. To simplify, roll them all into one IRA. Keep the 401k with your current employer so that you can take advantage of their matching contributions, and use the IRA for funds from previous employers.
- Set up a good system: There are several good online services that can help you automate and keep track of your finances and payments. You can also set up reminders in your online calendar to alert you to payments that are due. If you’re not tech savvy, keep a book with all your bills that are due, listed by dates. Take a few minutes each week to review this, and pay those that are due.
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