Spring Clean Your Finances
Out with the Old, In with the Savings!
For many Americans, spring motivates people to renew their surroundings and often clean, sort and tidy up around the house. What better way to focus that momentum than to check off everything on your financial to-do list? As you dust your shelves and rid your home of clutter, consider setting aside some time to organize your finances. Planting the seeds of new saving habits today will go a long way toward alleviating pressures on your pocket throughout the year.
Consider these six tips to help you refresh your finances:
- Evaluate and pay down debt. Take a look at how much you owe and what you are paying in interest. If there are better rates available now, consider requesting a lower credit card interest rate or refinancing your mortgage. Begin paying off existing debt, whether that’s by chipping away at loans with the highest interest rates or eliminating smaller debt first.
- Review your budget. A lot can change in a year. If you’ve been promoted, had a child, or become a new homeowner or renter, be sure to update your budget. Determine what expenses demand the most money and identify areas where you can realistically cut back. Develop a strategy for spending and saving and stick to it.
- Check your credit report. Every year, you are guaranteed one free credit report from each of the three bureaus. Take advantage of these free reports and check them for any possible errors. Mistakes can drag down your score and prevent you from getting a loan, or cause you to pay a higher than necessary interest rate.
- Download your bank's mobile app. CRBT’s mobile banking app, Touchbanking, makes it easy for you to manage your finances from the palm of your hand. With the click of a button, you can make a deposit or access a record of all your recent transactions. Be sure to download the latest updates when they are available. Click here to learn more about CRBT’s free mobile banking app, TouchBanking.
- Sign up for e-statements, paperless billing and text alerts. Converting to paperless billing will help keep your house—physical and financial—more clean and organized, and will help protect you from fraud.
- Set up automatic bill pay. By signing up for automatic bill pay, you’ll never have to worry about a missed payment impacting your credit score. You can set it so that money is withdrawn from your checking account on the same day each month.