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New Year Card Resolutions

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Every year on January 1, millions of people make a mental commitment to better their lives, be it lose weight, eat healthier, get more exercise, make more money, be more responsible, and a multitude of other would-be-nice promises. Financial resolutions can be just as important for consumers who are facing debt, working through a shopping problem, or desperately needing to save large sums of money for something important like a house, car, or college.

Responsible financial behavior – not to mention irresponsible financial behavior – directly impacts your future and the experiences you may enjoy due to your financial situation. Your home or apartment, your car, and the types of vacations you take are just a few of the ways your saving and spending habits can impact your life. No matter where you are age-wise on the spectrum, you can still improve your life with smart and responsible financial behavior.

Consider these financial and credit card resolutions for the New Year:

  • Promise yourself you won’t spend more than you make in any given month.
    Make a commitment to pay off your balance in full and on time every month if possible.
  • Plan to pay off your credit card debt in chunks each and every month until it is gone.
  • Always pay at least the very minimum due on your account, but strive to pay as much as possible.
  • Set a budget and stick to it. Don’t forget to factor in things like your cell phone, car insurance, and other life expenses.
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