It’s Friday and I’m excited and tired. :) I’m feeling better, but I can’t get this congestion to go away. I got great news: once the credit union receives our check, we will have NO MORE CAR PAYMENTS! That’s an extra $235/month going from expenses to savings column. I’ll talk about that more next week, but I wanted to share that today.
Something that has helped us with paying of the car loan was automating our regular and extra payments.
Have a portion of your paycheck transferred to a high interest savings account.
Start small and automate your money to put into savings. You’ll become use to the slightly small paycheck as you start savings. The first thing you need to save for is an emergency fund. This step can help you build financial cushion, especially in turbulent economic times like these. Find an FDIC bank or CUNA credit union that offer high interest rates for savings and watch it grow faster.
Set up free online bill pay with your bank.
Most banks and credit unions offer this money and time saving feature. Spend an hour setting this up with your bills, account numbers, due dates, and amounts, and you’ll only need a few minutes a month to keep it up.
Take advantage of your company’s 401k program.
Try to at least set aside enough money to receive the company match as it’s basically free money in your pocket. Look for low cost index funds to put your money in.
Have a small portion of your paycheck transferred into an IRA account.
Once your build up your emergency fund, eliminated your credit card debt, and have increased your income; funnel some money into an IRA. You want to still look for low cost index funds to put your money in.
How much of your finances is automated? How has automating your finances improved (or worsen) since switching?
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