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May 29th, 2020

Financial Fitness Tip:  Budgeting

Build an “emergency” fund sufficient to cover 3 – 6 months of your household’s living expenses.  Learn more about budgeting here.

Financial Fitness Tip:  Credit Reports

Know what your credit report means and says about your financial fitness.  Find out how to get your free credit report here.

Financial Fitness Tip:  Saving for Retirement

Take advantage of employer-sponsored 401(k) or traditional IRA accounts to maximize retirement savings. Learn more about why a 401k is a smart retirement savings option here.

Financial Fitness Tip:  Buying an Auto

Increase your bargaining power by getting pre-approved for a loan before you go shopping for a new car.  Get more tips auto shopping tips here.

Financial Fitness Tip:  Refinancing a Mortgage

Find out if you could save by refinancing your mortgage while rates are at low.  Learn more here.

Financial Fitness Tip:  Using Credit Wisely

No more than 15% of your take-home income should be committed to unsecured (e.g., credit card) debt payments each month.  Learn more about credit here.

Financial Fitness Tip:  Avoiding Identify Theft

Do not have your Social Security and driver’s license numbers printed on your checks.  Get more tips to avoid identity theft here.

Financial Fitness Tip:   Estate Planning

Protect your family and secure your peace of mind by having a properly drawn Will.   Start your estate planning by developing a personal financial directory. Learn more here.