As we kick off spring by cleaning, sorting, and tidying up the house, Hills Bank encourages you to add financial organization to you spring cleaning check-list.
We’ve highlighted six tips for organizing your financial house:
- Review your budget. A lot can change in a year. If you’ve been promoted, had a child, or became a new homeowner or renter, be sure to update your budget. Determine what expenses demand the most money and identify areas where you can realistically cut back. Develop a strategy for spending and saving—and stick to it.
- Evaluate and pay down debt. Take a look at how much you owe and what you are paying in interest. Begin paying off existing debt, whether that’s by chipping away at loans with the highest interest rates or eliminating smaller debt first.
- Set up automatic bill pay. By signing up for automatic bill pay, you’ll never have to worry about a missed payment impacting your credit score. You can set it so that money is withdrawn from your checking account on the same day each month.
- Sign up for e-statements, paperless billing, and text alerts. Converting to paperless billing will help keep your house—physical and financial—more clean and organized, and will help protect you from fraud.
- Check your credit report. Every year, you are guaranteed one free credit report from each of the three credit bureaus. Take advantage of these free reports and check them for any possible errors. Mistakes can drag down your score and prevent you from getting a loan, or cause you to pay a higher than necessary interest rate. Get yours at AnnualCreditReport.com.
- Manage your money on the go. Utilize our mobile app that is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play to check your balance, pay your bills, transfer funds, deposit a check, and send money to friends from wherever you are.
What’s your favorite tool to keep your finances organized? We’d love to hear them, let us know by commenting below.