During this time of year, Americans usually fall into one of two camps. Either they are excited because they are expecting a big tax refund or sad because they know they will end up going. No matter what camp you fall into, I want to explain why neither scenario is ideal and some tips to keep in mind before next tax season.
It's New Year's Eve! This marks the occasion when everyone decides on their New Year's resolutions. According to statisticbrain.com, the top resolution is to "lose weight/eat healthy" followed by "life/self improvements" as number two. These are great but I want to focus on the third most popular resolution which is "better financial decisions". I assume you are here because this is where you want to improve. What if I told you that by focusing on this one goal you can positively impact the other two top resolutions? It has been proven that money issues cause stress and stress causes health issues. That knocks out number 2! But, how is "better financial decisions" linked to losing weight and healthier eating? Allow me to explain! One of the cornerstones of being wealthy is budgeting. Most of the time eating unhealthy (fast food/junk food) is something that can be cut from your budget or minimized. Therefore, it's a win/win for you! Cutting just one fast food meal a week equates to about $364 a year! So, without further ado, let's hop into this week's topic BUDGETS!
'Tis the season of spending! The National Retail Federation expects retail sales during November and December to be about $682 billion! (I think we are in the wrong business) They expect each consumer to spend an average of $967.13. This is massive spending! Most Americans get into a ton of debt during this time and spend the better part of the new year trying to pay it down. Don't let this happen to you! In this article, I'll offer six of my top tips to ensure you are prepared for next year and keep your spending in check.