Are You Financially Fit?

Couple holding baby girl outsideTo achieve financial wellness, you need to define your goals and set a time frame for reaching them. The following steps can help you take control of your finances.

Build a Budget
A good place to start would be with a budget. Tracking your expenses can help you determine how much money you have coming in each month and how much you’re paying out toward bills and other expenses. It will also help you to see where you can cut back on spending.

Create an Emergency Fund
Would you be able to pay for an unexpected expense, such as a car repair, broken appliance, or medical emergency? If you don’t have an emergency fund, you might be forced to pay the bill with expensive credit card debt. You should try to keep three to six months’ worth of living expenses in your emergency fund.

Protect Your Credit
Each year, you’re entitled to a copy of your credit report at no cost from each of the three major credit reporting companies — Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. It’s a good idea not only to periodically check your reports for errors but also to get your credit score. Paying bills on time and staying within your credit limits can help you boost your credit score.

Plan for the Long Term
Saving enough for a comfortable retirement is probably one of your long-term goals. But if you have kids, you may put that goal on the back burner to save for college expenses. Remember, funding your retirement is up to you. Your child can use student loans or work part-time to help pay for college. Participating in your retirement plan helps you put saving for retirement first. Any “extra” money you have left can go toward college savings.

Remember To Review
Establishing a financial plan is only the first step toward achieving financial wellness. Make sure you review your plan on a regular basis to make sure you’re still on track to reaching your goals.

Member Investment Services, located at DuPont Community Credit Union, is available to help. You can schedule a free appointment by emailing us at misdccu@lpl.com or calling 540.946.3200.

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Content in this material is for general information only and not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

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