The new year is the perfect time to reassess your budgets and financial habits and make new goals for yourself. Whether it’s improving your budgeting, saving a little bit more, or getting started with investing, achieving your financial goals will make so many other goals possible—the next family vacation, higher education, paying for a wedding, or whatever you’re hoping the next few years will hold.
If saving more is a top goal for you in the new year, you’re in luck. There are countless ways to go about achieving this goal, no matter what your current financial situation is. You can set up automatic transfers to a high-yield savings account, increase 401(k) contributions, and budget to cut back on unnecessary spending.
Improving Your Credit Score
Work toward your goal of improving your credit score by paying all bills on time and in full, paying off debt (especially credit card debt), and limiting how many different lines of credit you have overall.
Sitting down at least once a month to go over finances and plan out how you’ll spend your money in the coming month is an important step in maintaining a budget. Once you’ve decided how you want to spend your money, make it a priority to keep track of your spending throughout the month to make sure you’re sticking to your plan.
Once you’ve started to budget, you may be able to allocate some of your income toward investments. An important first step to investing responsibly is research. You can do research online or sit down with a financial advisor to get guidance on where your money will be best utilized when invested.
Maximize Employer Benefits
Another place you can improve your financials in the new year is at work! Find out what benefits your employer offers and make sure you are taking advantage of any you can. For example, if your company offers a 401(k) contribution match program, try to put at least the amount your employer will match into it every month.
Buy a Home
Another popular new year’s goal is finding a new home. Whether you’re looking to purchase your first property, move into a house with more space, or downsize, we have mortgage products designed to fit your lifestyle and your budget.1 To learn more about your options, connect with a local lender or start your application now.
If you have questions or need one-on-one support with your goals, we’re here to help. Schedule an appointment with your local banker to take the first step.
1Not all borrowers will qualify. This is not a commitment to lend.