The promise of a new year reminds me of the possible tax refund coming in February and what it can do for my current financial situation.
It’s important to plan for what’s coming in the new year and beyond.
I plan on following the “Shrink, Spend, Save“ plan to help me meet my financial goals this year and get ahead of any unexpected expenses.
Let’s take a closer look at this plan:
Debt is sometimes inevitable, but it’s important to pay off unnecessary high-interest debt in a timely manner. Use 1/3 of your tax refund this year to pay down credit cards or other high-interest loans.
Get the ball rolling with these funds. As you pay off one bill and move those payments to the next bill, you’ll see results quickly. This will encourage you to pay down debt even more!
Moving your payments from one debt to the next as you pay them off will also allow you to pay it off quicker.
It’s important to remember that you’ve been living with those expenses already, so this won’t affect your monthly budget!
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We all work hard for what we have. So, it’s okay to spend a little on yourself, your home, or your family.
Make wise spending choices on things you need, but enjoy the fact that you have the funds to buy items out-right. Spending is as important as paying off debt—just spend wisely and locally if you can.
This part of your return is a way to treat yourself for making smart financial decisions! You can buy that new TV that you wanted or that fancy new kitchen appliance you’ve been saving for.
You can also make purchases that are more of a need, like a new washer or dryer if yours is on its last leg. Or, you might need some minor repairs to get it back to running condition.
Don’t forget things like A/C servicing too. It’s almost spring, which means it’s a good time to call the A/C repair company and have it serviced. This helps prevent any expensive repairs in the future.
Again, the main goal here is to spend your money wisely on things you need or want with portions of your refund.
Use the final 1/3 of your tax refund to start or increase your emergency savings. By saving $500, you can avoid getting loans for things like new tires, A/C repair, car maintenance, and more.
Remember, your goal should be to save up 3-6 months of expenses over the course of the year and using 1/3 of your tax refund is a great start.
The most important thing you can do is prepare for the unexpected. Start paying down debt to put yourself in a better financial position and improve your credit score.
Spend a little of your hard-earned money on yourself and your family.
Lastly—SAVE! Save for a rainy day.
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