Why make it more complicated than it needs to be?
If your financial or credit situation is chaotic, you probably think turning over a new leaf will be too hard. But there are three easy ways you can improve your financial situation in 2013.
Tip #1: Write Your Goals Down!
What would you like to see change on your credit report within the next four to six months?
For instance, perhaps you want to:
- Pay off a credit card
- Lower your utilization rate
- Try to negotiate for a letter of deletion
- Create a plan so that you pay your bills on time every time
- Eliminate or reduce expenses
- Increase your income
Whatever your goal, write it down every single day this year.
Too often, life gets in the way of our long-term goals.
Jobs, personal lives, and hobbies seem to take precedence over organizing bills, establishing financial goals, and getting a grasp on the credit-scoring rules.
As a result, we forget about where we want to go. So there’s an easy fix …
If you start each day (or end each day) by re-writing your financial / credit goal, you will be much more likely to make decisions that support that goal.
Tip #2: Sit Down to Organize Your Bills
This might seem silly, but there are a host of byproducts that can come from simply making a list of your bills, the date the bills are due, and the approximate amount.
1. You will be less likely to pay them on time.
Forgetting to pay bills is an ever-increasing problem. Some bills are sent via e-mail. Others come in the postal mail.
Some bills are paid using auto-payment features, others are paid by credit card, still others require a check.
Without a centralized method of paying these bills, today’s modern conveniences actually make it less convenient to pay bills on time. It’s just too confusing!
2. You will see opportunities to cut your finances. When was the last time you reviewed your phone bill? And HOLY SMOKES! Do you really pay that much for your cable?
3. You will see how much money you are spending on discretionary items. If your bills add up to $2,500 a month, and you bring home $5,000 a month, but you only save $500 a month, you are spending $2,000 in discretionary spending. By listing your bills, you might be more inclined to set a budget.
Tip #3: Read a Book
Do you think that if you read one financial self-improvement book that you would be better off at the end of the year? Of course you would!
Remember: A person who does not read learns the same amount as the person who cannot read.
Each year, a bevy of books about taking control of your financial life hit the bookstores. Though some are better than others, each and every one of them will expand your knowledge simply by forcing you to focus on your financial situation.
Simply by making the choice to read a book, you will dramatically increase your likelihood of reaching your financial goals because you will spend more time thinking about and planning your future.
Pick a book you want to read.
Now, order the book today! Even if you read just one page a day, the power you gain by focusing on your finances will change your life forever!
That’s it: Pick and write down a goal, list your bills, and read a book.
It’s that simple.
What book will you read? And what is your goal for 2013? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
Here’s to a great 2013!
P.S. If you have already read great books about financial management, share your recommendation below!