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Posted December 14, 2020

Exercising, eating healthy, and ridding ourselves of bad habits are all common New Year’s resolutions. What’s missing? That’s right – finances. Year after year, we hope to do better with our money. This is great, as it should be among our top priorities.

But where do you start? To help, here are 10 key suggestions to serve as your guide. Use the energy of the New Year to fuel your journey to a bright financial future. Let’s make 2021 the year we take action.

10 Money Goals to Build Your Future

1. Have 6-12 months of emergency savings. Give yourself something to fall back on for unforeseen situations, like medical emergencies, car repairs, or changes in work hours or employment.

2. Create a budget and stick to it. Know where your money is going. Track your spending for a month and use the results as a guide. Eliminate unnecessary expenditures, set a savings goal, and follow through.

3. Build good credit. Establishing credit is important for everyone. Good credit will help you get approved and help you save by securing better rates.

4. Contribute to your retirement plan. The earlier you save, the more time your money has to earn compound interest and the less obligated you are to save in the future.

5. Have insurance. Life insurance assures us our family members will not bear the cost of our passing. In addition, it can help secure your family’s future. Check out TruStage for discounted rates for credit union members. If you already have insurance, consider looking at your policies to make sure they fit your current needs.

6. Pay off debt. Save on interest by making a plan to pay off high interest debt. When you rid yourself of a payment, redirect funds to other debt if applicable or to your savings or retirement account, where it earns dividends.

7. Take advantage of employer match programs. Some employers will partially match contributions to health savings accounts and retirement accounts, like 401(k)s. This is free money for two very important causes.

8. Live within your means. Spend less than you make. Taking on additional debt to finance your lifestyle is not wise. Sounds simple enough, right?

9. Be a smart shopper. Shop around; the internet is a great tool for comparing prices and ensuring you are getting the most value for your money.

10. Cut costs wherever possible. Evaluate your spending. Can you downgrade or eliminate an expense? For example, eliminating cable can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

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