If the past year didn't turn out how you planned, you're certainly not alone. No matter what 2020 looked like for you, there's always a chance for a fresh start! It's the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and change your financial outlook.
One big lesson from 2020 is to be prepared for the unexpected. Everyone needs an emergency fund, which covers living expenses in the event of job loss, illness or another unplanned event. If you don't have an emergency fund, now is the time to build a starter fund of at least $1,000. From there, work toward saving enough to cover three to six months of essential expenses.
If you had to use your fund during the pandemic, it's okay! Life happens, and that's exactly what emergency funds are for. When you're able to save again, focus on
rebuilding your fund so you're ready for whatever life brings next.
Chances are, your normal spending habits shifted as a result of the pandemic. Many people cut back on expenses like gym memberships, new clothes and travel. On the flip side, extra time at home could mean spending more on take-out, home improvement projects and entertainment. As you work on your 2021 budget, think about which spending habits you want to bring into the new year and which ones you want to leave behind.
Hit the reset button on your budget with these tips:
With today's technology, it's possible to put many money management tasks on autopilot. Here are a few financial to-dos you can automate to help make life a little easier:
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