Springtime for Savings
Spring is traditionally a time for dusting off the cobwebs, cleaning out the garage, and infusing new life into your home. Why not take this opportunity to take stock of your “financial home” and make some smart springtime moves that could save you money?
It’s all in the details. You can start small, and scale up from there. According to a recent poll, only one in three Americans prepare a detailed household budget. This could the door to letting bills slip through the cracks, and as a result, you could end up with late fees and penalties. It could also leave things a little up in the air as to how much money is coming in and how much is needed to cover bills and how much is available for savings and investments.
The small monthly obligations can really add up. Take a look over your bank statements, and see which bills you can dispense with.
There are endless amounts of ways to waste money. USA Today listed 20 of the top ways recently - chief among them were: wasted energy bills, daily coffee purchases, premium cable packages, traffic tickets, lottery ticket purchases, unused gym memberships, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, ATM fees, expensive (unneeded) warranties, credit card interest, and so on down the list.
How about the kids’ extracurricular activities or recurring memberships that they are no longer interested in?
And speaking of kids, do you really know how much they spend on in-app purchases for their games on the iPad? There are horror stories of children running up charges of thousands of dollars without their parents’ knowledge.
In the same way that you would prune your bushes and trim the hedges in your yard, it would be a smart thing to do to trim your expenses this spring, and use that extra money to stash away in savings and effective investments that could grow your financial well-being.
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