Making a Fresh Start with Your Personal Finances

personal finances in 2022The New Year is a great time to look at your life and make some needed changes.  This is especially true for your personal finances.  If you’re ready to make your personal finances in 2022 work for you, then here are some places where you might consider changing your approach.

Be More Engaged

It can be hard to stay on top of your finances.  Most of us have multiple accounts (sometimes at different institutions) as well as one or more credit cards.  Keeping track of what is going on from day to day in all these accounts is difficult enough, but having an idea of the big picture is even harder yet.  Getting organized and staying engaged with what’s coming in and going out will allow you to be more fiscally responsible.  This article from The Balance has some suggestions for helpful spreadsheets for staying on top of your financial situation.

Be More Strategic

Some people go through life with no financial strategy.  This may work out sometimes, but if you want to have some confidence in your financial future, it’s always good to start with a solid strategy.  How can you get somewhere if you don’t know where you are going?  This may seem like a daunting task, but there are many resources out there to help you.  This article from Nerdwallet can help you get started on crafting a strategy that works for you.

Be More Intentional

Once you know what you have and where you are going, you can concentrate on how to get there.  The best place to start is with a budget.  Instead of impulsively reacting to your circumstances, you can evaluate decisions with your strategy in mind.  Being more intentional with your money means knowing which opportunities to say yes to and which are better left alone.  You can let your own values be a guide to your financial decisions.

Be More Frugal

As you begin tracking your money better and handling it more intentionally, you may find that you are not spending money as efficiently as you’d like to.  This is where you might look into how you could save money on the little things, like groceries or clothing, in order to be able to better achieve your strategic goals.  There are lots of online resources available to help you if you desire to live more frugally.

As you welcome the new year, consider what you’d like to change about your personal finances in 2022.  Hopefully, these suggestions will give you a place to start.  Remember that Federated Bank has tools and resources that can help you manage your personal finances.  Mobile banking allows you to view your transactions and account balances on your mobile phone or tablet, and with online billpay you can conveniently schedule payments as well as view payment history. In addition, the friendly staff at Federated Bank is always here to answer your questions and help in any way we can.

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