Be money wise.
None of these tips cost you anything but will save you and others headache if you keep them up to date.
- Have three-to-six months of income put aside.
I prefer not to call it an “emergency” fund, but I advocate putting money aside for the future. The money’s in savings, so as you save more, you have more money put aside, even without an “emergency.”
So, you don’t lose your job, or don’t land in the hospital for months on end. You’ll have money saved for a smaller unexpected something (a car’s flat tire, a dishwasher that conks out, a dog needing a visit to the vet.) Did you know 70% of people don’t have money put aside that could over three-to-six months of living expenses. Can you save $20 a week? Make sure it’s accessible; liquid.By putting this money aside, you build a cash-buffer over time. You don’t have to start big, but you do have to start.
- Check your credit reports.
Credit reports are free (one a year from each credit bureau), just make sure you’re on the legitimate industry’s official website www.annualcreditreport.com. Eighty-one percent of people don’t check their credit reports. It’s not only about your money, but your identity that your checking. The three major credit bureaus are Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. Stagger your report requests every four months. Related post: Credit Report/Credit Score
- Update your will.
Eighty-six percent of Consumer Reports survey respondents said they either didn’t have a will, and other estate-planning documents, or hadn’t updated it in over five years. Even if nothing has changed in your life, check your beneficiaries on your will, insurance accounts, and retirement policies. I had a friend who didn’t update his will and when he died, his surviving wife was left with a mess. Some of the people he’d listed as beneficiaries had died years before. It complicated the process, and relatives had their hands out on behalf of the deceased beneficiaries. What a hassle. Update your will.
These are easy, free things you can do to keep your finances in good condition. Make becoming money wise a habit!