Mid-Year Financial Check-Up: 4 things you should think about now
It’s July already????
Yikes, 2017 has gone by quickly! Time to do a financial check-up on those New Year’s Resolutions to see how you are doing. I don’t know what your resolutions were, so here are a few common ones that there is still time to tackle. BEFORE you are making your resolutions for 2018, that is.
- Starting a 529 plan for your kids’ college. It doesn’t have to be much. Just $50 to start and $25/month can get you going in a Colorado Direct Investment portfolio managed by Vanguard.
- Increasing your 401(k) contribution at least 1% from last year. Most plans let you go online and change your savings amount any time during the year. Don’t delay! Save more today!
- Use your Flexible Benefits Account money. Did you set aside pre-tax money this year to finally get those glasses, map those moles, fix that tooth, or other medical procedures you’ve been putting off? That money has to be spent by year-end, so get those appointments made!
- Use an app to see how much you are really spending on…clothes, liquor, lunches out, fishing gear, workout clothes, kids’ sports, whatever! Try mint.com, youneedabudget.com, mvelopes.com for free and easy ways to track spending.
Okay, that’s enough for now. If you do even two of those four items before the Fourth of July fireworks, I’ll consider it a victory.