April is Financial Literacy Month, making it a great time to boost your money knowledge and take charge of your financial life. To celebrate, we’ll be providing you tips, tricks and insights throughout the month to help you manage your financial health. Be sure to check back in on the blog and join the conversation on Twitter & Facebook – we’ll be surprising some lucky followers with prizes throughout the month, so chime in to win!
Did you know that only one third of American households have a budget? Well, they say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so what are you waiting for? Kick off Financial Literacy Month and get your financial life in order. Here are a few ideas to help you get there:
Update your budget
Analyze your spending patterns over the last few months. If you’ve gone a little overboard on entertainment or dining out, it’s a good time to revisit your budget and adjust for any changes. Make sure your budget matches your actual spending and perhaps take a minute to remind yourself of your financial goals that will help you better stick to your financial plan.
Check your credit score
Your credit score is three little numbers that can have a big impact on your financial life. Get your free credit score from Mint.com so you know where you stand and look at ways to improve your score.
Use Financial Literacy Month as a motivator to finally automate all of your bills and savings. The more you can automate, the easier managing your finances will be the rest of the year. Download a free bill payment app like Mint Bills that will help you pay your bills on time (and on-the-go) and maintain a healthy credit rating.
Develop a debt payoff strategy
Take the time to review your balances. If you have extra cash in the bank, you might want to make a large payment toward cutting down your debt. If you can’t pay down a debt you’ve accumulated so far this year, create a payoff plan that will get it down by this time next year. You can pay down your debt from smallest to largest, or pay down the debt with the highest interest rate first. Either way, Financial Literacy Month is a perfect time to develop a strategy to become debt-free.
So happy spring! There’s no better time than now to hit the financial refresh button and be good with your money. Just think how much you’ll enjoy your summer vacation with your budget on track.
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