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New Year, New Finances

If the past couple of years have taught us anything, it's that we need to be prepared for financial ups and downs. As the economy continues to recover and a new year begins, take time to put a financial plan in place so you are better prepared for the future.

 

In case of an emergency. Set a goal to put away $500. This amount will typically cover you if your car breaks down or your dental coverage doesn't pay for that broken tooth, and you can build on it later. Sock away $20 each biweekly paycheck and you'll hit your goal within a year. If you use direct deposit or automatic transfer into savings, you'll be less tempted to spend rather than save.

Save now, shop later. Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to buying high-ticket items. Is a big-screen TV on your wish list? Dedicate yourself to cutting back on other extravagances (dining out, new clothes, and deluxe cable) and put that money aside until you can pay cash. Don't get stuck paying the high interest rates department stores charge, because your purchase could end up costing hundreds more than the original ticket price.

Make long-term plans. Have you checked the balance in your retirement accounts lately? If you haven't talked with one of our professionals recently, don't delay. As the stock market shifts this way and that so does the amount of money you have allocated in different sectors. Review your portfolio with us to make sure that your money is working for you today!

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A professional from PeoplesBank can help you put together a plan that will keep you safe in case of an emergency, reduce your debt and prepare you for your long-term financial goals. Contact us today to learn more.

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