Did your credit score take a dive this year? Or is still stuck at a âfairâ grade? Then monitoring any changes on your credit reporting and working to improve your score should be one of your financial resolutions for this year, too.
1. Make A Realistic Budget And Stick To It
2020 was actually a good year for paying down credit card debt â Americans did more of it this year than they ever have.
50% of your take-home income every month covers your fixed expenses â rent, utilities, groceries, minimum debt payments, etc. 30% goes towards the things you can live without, but donât want to (like food delivery, a Netflix subscription and travel). Finally, the last 20% of your monthly income is dedicated to your financial goals.
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It means you can avoid late fees on your utilities, which can really add up and destroy your budget. You can pay off your credit card debt without mounting interest charges. And you can prevent any hiccups that would dock your credit score a few points.
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3. Pay Off Credit Card Debt: Wipe Out All Your Debt by Tomorrow
Itâs easy to get swept up in the joy that is payday and immediately start buying things you donât need. But as the final financial resolution on this list, paying your bills right away can help keep the rest of your goals on track.
But thereâs still work to be done, which is why paying off credit card debt is one of the top financial resolutions this year.Â Because if you still have credit card debt, you know. The anxiety, the interest rates, the fear youâre never going to escapeâ¦
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Have you made your resolutions yet? It can feel a little daunting trying to figure out what you need to focus on, so we made it easy: These are the resolutions everyone else is taking on in 2021, according to a survey by Wallethub, and you should, too. Plus â how to accomplish them.
4. Monitor Your Credit Report
Credit Sesame does not guarantee any of these results, and some may even see a decrease in their credit score. Any score improvement is the result of many factors, including paying bills on time, keeping credit balances low, avoiding unnecessary inquiries, appropriate financial planning and developing better credit habits.
The most surefire way to achieve your financial resolutions and stay within that budget you made is to earn more money.
James Cooper, of Atlanta, used Credit Sesame to raise his credit score nearly 300 points in six months.*** âThey showed me the ins and outs â how to dot the Iâs and cross the Tâs,â he said.
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So if youâre looking to get your credit score back on track â or even if it is on track and you want to bump it up â try using a free website called Credit Sesame.
Whatever your financial goals are this year, we know you can achieve them! Hereâs to making 2021 your best financial year yet.
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Itâs easy to slip away from our good financial habits as the year goes on, so itâs particularly important to find a budgeting system that works for your lifestyle and wonât be hard to maintain.
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Having an emergency fund is important; you know that. But itâs easy to deprioritize it when things are going fine. And as 2020 showed us, you can lose your job at the drop of a hat, meaning a full emergency fund can be what keeps your lights on.
6. Add A Month To Your Emergency Fund
This one sounds familiar, right? Oft-regarded as Old Faithful when it comes to New Yearsâ resolutions, it holds that title for good reason. Having a budget you can actually stick to will set you up for financial success, no matter what your goals are.
If you owe your credit card companies ,000 or less, AmOne will match you with a low-interest loan you can use to pay off every single one of your balances.
2020 made that really hard for most people. Which is why finding a better job, that you actually enjoy â and will pay you more â is a top resolution for 2021.
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Talk about a scary year. If a global pandemic didnât have you thinking about your own mortality, what else could? With that thought in mind, people are adding âbuy life insuranceâ to their list of 2021 to-dos.
7. Pay Bills Right After Payday
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Within two minutes, youâll get access to your credit score, any debt-carrying accounts and a handful of personalized tips to improve your score. Youâll even be able to spot any errors holding you back (one in five reports have one).
Kari Faber is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.
***Like Cooper, 60% of Credit Sesame members see an increase in their credit score; 50% see at least a 10-point increase, and 20% see at least a 50-point increase after 180 days.
When it comes to your credit score, itâs important to stay organized and keep tabs on it. After all, itâll play an essential role in any big purchase you want to make â whether thatâs a home or a car.
So prioritize your emergency fund this year. If you donât have one yet, start by opening an account that will help you grow your money.