I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 13 nieces and nephews (it's about to be 14 because yet another one is due in October!). 5 great-nephews & 5 great-nieces (which is about to be 11 because, yes, there a baby girl due in October "Brooklyn Grace"). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 10 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens, Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
While your finances do include a lot of big, long-term goals, your financial situation is also comprised of many smaller goals, decisions, and activities that are much easier to manage. Not every financial improvement has to take years to accomplish. There’s plenty you can do to improve your finances over your lunch hour or in a spare spot of time on a rainy Saturday. The trick is to stop thinking it won’t make a difference and realize that even the little things add up to big bucks down the road.
If your bank is charging you a lot of fees or not paying competitive interest rates, you’re losing money. It’ll take less than an hour to research alternatives and make the switch.
Open a Savings Account and Fund it With Direct Deposit
If you already have a savings account, you’re halfway there. If not, find one with a great interest rate and set up an account. Then have your employer directly deposit $25 or more every pay period. If you can’t get direct deposit, set up an automatic transfer from your checking to your savings. The money will grow without much effort on your part and, chances are, you won’t miss what you’ve never seen.
Lower Your Monthly Bills
Call your cable and cell phone providers and ask if you’re getting the best deal. New offers pop up all the time, so your current plan may not be the most cost effective anymore. If you’re aware of a better offer from a competitor, mention it. Your provider may match it. And if they won’t match, switch to the competition.
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