Do's and Don'ts of Personal Finance

When it comes to your personal finances, there are many things you should (and should not) do in order to achieve success and make the most out of your money.

Do:

  • Set goals and measure progress. This is the best way to get started and the best way to keep improving.
  • Create an emergency fund. As much as you plan, you’ll never be able to plan for the unexpected.
  • Prioritize. Always put needs before wants. When you budget, make sure you cover all your necessities first, then decide if you can (or should) make those extra purchases.
  • Pay on time. This should be one of your main priorities when it comes to personal finances. This simple habit can make or break your credit score and make all the difference.

Don’t:

  • Ignore your credit score. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to your credit score. Keeping up with it can alert you of any changes (good or bad), and help you know when to take action and how to plan for the future.
  • Live on high-interest credit. High interest rates can change everything. Do your best to find a plan with the lowest interest possible in order to gain the most benefit.
  • Overspend. Do your research and make sure you’re not overspending on any plans, services, or even the “fun” purchases you’re making once bills are paid.
  • Forget to revisit. Your financial plan is never finished. Revisit it at least annually or after any major life change in order to ensure you’re getting the most out of it.

When it comes down to it, having a solid financial plan can transform the way you live — for the better. Need some help creating your financial plan? That’s what we’re here for!