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It’s time to spring-clean your finances. Here’s how

by The Grio

For many, spring means opening windows, rotating wardrobes, and cleaning out the garage. However, while you are cleaning up your home, now could also be the time to reset your finances. Reorganizing your financial goals and habits will give you a fresh perspective on your overall financial health. 

Here are six ways to spring-clean your finances: 

1. Refresh your budget

Your budget is the foundation of your financial health, so sprucing it up should be at the top of your spring cleaning list. Having a budget directs your money towards your necessary expenses first and then your wants and financial goals, from getting out of credit card debt and saving for retirement to buying your first home. 

Review your budget, taking note of whether you are spending within your limits or overspending in specific areas. Look for areas you might be able to cut back, like canceling unused streaming subscriptions, spending less at the grocery store, or buying lunch. 

2. Clean up your accounts 

Do you have several financial accounts? Many people have checking, savings, and even brokerage accounts at different financial institutions. This can make it hard to keep track of your accounts. Consider consolidating some or all your accounts into one bank, brokerage, or credit union to give you a clearer understanding of your financial picture and overall wealth. 

3. Get control of your debt

If you are carrying high levels of credit card debt, personal loans, or student loan debt, develop a plan for paying it off. With higher interest rates, continuing to carry that debt is costing you more money.

 4. Check your credit

You are entitled to a free credit report once a year. Go to AnnualCreditReport.com and review yours for any errors that may be impacting your credit score. Contact the respective credit bureau (Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion) to fix any errors you find. If there are no surprises…

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