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10 Tips to Tidy Up Your Finances this Summer

on 5/29/2024

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Summer is right around the corner, and it’s not only your home that deserves a fresh start. As we tidy up our living spaces, it’s equally important to spruce up our finances. Just as decluttering clears physical space, a financial spring cleaning creates room for a healthier fiscal future. 

Ready to take charge of your finances? Let’s get started with some practical tips to guide you through your financial spring cleaning.

#1: Rework Your Budget 

The first step in your financial spring-cleaning journey is to review and update your budget. Look closely at your current spending habits and assess where adjustments can be made. Identify any areas of overspending and determine where you can cut back. By setting realistic goals and adjusting your budget accordingly, you’ll gain better control over your money and pave the way for financial success. 

#2: Cut Down Expenses 

Cleaning up your finances also involves identifying and cutting out unnecessary expenses. Take inventory of your subscription services, memberships, and other recurring costs. Are there any you can live without or downgrade to a lower tier? You could also consider contacting your utility providers to negotiate a lower bill or reduced package. Any small measures you can take to lower your monthly costs can add up to big savings and put more of your money back into your pocket. 

#3: Reduce Debt 

Assess your current financial obligations and look for opportunities to save. Consolidating debt or refinancing loans could be a game-changer. Not only can it potentially reduce your interest rates, but it also simplifies your payment process. Imagine the relief of managing one monthly payment instead of juggling multiple bills. By consolidating high-interest debt or refinancing loans at more favorable rates, you're not just saving money on interest but also fast-tracking your path to financial independence. 

NOTE: This step could reap significant savings if your credit score has improved since you initially financed your loans.

#4: Audit Your Savings Strategy 

This is an ideal time to check in on your savings progress and update your strategy if necessary. Review your savings goals and evaluate your current methods. Are you on track to meet your goals? Or do you need to make some adjustments? 

Consider reallocating funds into high-yield savings options that align with your financial objectives. For example, a Share Certificate or Money Market Account could provide higher yields that will grow your savings even faster.

#5: Build a Debt Repayment Plan 

Debt can be a heavy weight on your financial well-being. But with a structured repayment plan, you can take control of your financial obligations and prioritize becoming debt-free. Start by listing out all your current loans and credit cards, along with their outstanding balances. Then, rank them in order of priority based on factors like the highest interest rate or shortest loan term. Implement a debt repayment method, like the snowball or avalanche method, to pay off your debts systematically.  

#6: Review Your Retirement Progress  

Cleaning your finances wouldn’t be complete without a review of your retirement accounts. Assess your current retirement savings compared to your long-term goal. Are you on track to hit your benchmarks? Or do you need to increase your contributions? Adjust as necessary to ensure your retirement savings are on track to provide the comfortable golden years you envision. 

#7: Examine Your Investments 

Evaluate your investment accounts and your portfolio’s overall performance. Are your investments aligned with your long-term financial goals? Is your risk tolerance too high or too low? Review your investment strategy thoroughly with your financial advisor and make any necessary changes to optimize your portfolio and maximize returns. 

#8: Inspect Your Insurance Policies  

Don’t forget to include your insurance policies in your financial review. Whether it’s home, auto, health, or life insurance, ensuring you have adequate coverage is crucial. Take time to reassess your insurance needs and determine if your coverage aligns with your current circumstances. 

Identify gaps or areas where you may be overpaying for coverage you don’t need. Consider shopping around and comparing quotes from different providers to ensure you have the best rate. You may uncover an opportunity to save on your premiums without compromising the level of protection you need. 

NOTE: When comparing insurance quotes, ensure you’re comparing apples to apples. Many insurance companies will provide a lower quote, but they might be omitting certain protections. Use your existing policy as a reference when obtaining new quotes. 

#9: Consider Your Estate Planning Needs 

Review and update your estate planning documents, such as wills, trusts, and beneficiary designations. Major life events (marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, or the death of a loved one) may facilitate the need to change your estate plan. Still, it’s wise to periodically review your documents to ensure they are always up to date with your wishes. Ensure your desires are clearly stated, and your assets will be distributed according to your plan.  

#10: Evaluate Your Emergency Fund  

Your emergency fund serves as a financial safety net, providing a cushion to cover unexpected expenses or financial setbacks. As part of your financial routine, take time to evaluate the status of your emergency fund. Determine if your current savings are sufficient to cover three to six months’ worth of living expenses. 

If your funding falls short, prioritize building it up by reallocating your budget to set aside some extra money each month until you reach your goal. Consider automating your savings to ensure consistent progress. 

Conducting a thorough financial review as part of sprucing up your finances can help you lay the foundation for a stable and healthy financial future. Everything from loans and savings strategies to insurance policies and estate plans provides opportunities to improve your well-being.

If you want to learn more about consolidating high-interest debt or boosting your savings yields, we’re ready to help. Please stop by any of our branch locations or call 248-322-9800 extension 5 to speak with a team member.


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