As the leaves begin to change color, it's time to start thinking about your year-end money strategy. The fall and winter holidays are closer than you think. Use the following strategies to make the rest of the year count.
Clean out your closet. You looked in your closet and decided you have nothing to wear. Before you start buying new clothes, pull out your cold weather clothes and give them a good look. Try them on to make sure everything still fits and donate or sell what you no longer wish to keep.
Add holidays into your budget. This year, the year-end holiday celebrations will likely be virtual rather than in-person, so you’re less likely to have travel expenses, but there’s still a chance you may overspend on gifts and decorations. If you haven't already made a spending plan for them, do so now. Figure out how much you can afford to spend and stick to that amount. Need a little more help? LSCU’s Holiday Loan is here to get you by. Apply today and get up to $1200 to use on gifts, travel, entertaining, sprucing up your home, or whatever you need this holiday season.
Up your 401(k). If your budget can handle it, why not increase your retirement deductions by 1%? The more you save now, the more tax benefits you’ll get, AND the less you have to worry about the future.
Spend your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) dollars. Use it or lose it. You've already saved this money, so don't leave it on the table. Check your FSA documentation to see what health-related expenses you can use this account for and use those dollars.
Plan to use your vacation days. Using your vacation days is key to living a successful, balanced life. Even if you have a staycation, it's critical to use your well-deserved days off. If you plan now, you can even save for a weekend getaway before the end of the year. Life is all about balance.
Another smart money move? Being rewarded for your purchases. Apply today for a goodRewards credit card and make your money go further. Earn points on everyday purchases that can be redeemed for cash, merchandise, travel, and much more!
As the weather turns colder, it's a great time to reflect on the money progress you've made throughout the past year and start focusing on small wins to finish the year right.