Tools for 2017: Finances

Each week on Tuesday for the month of January we are sharing Tools for 2017. To check out the other week topics – click here: Week One – Getting Healthy with Fitness or Week Three – RELAX.
Finances, budgeting, plans, savings, and more! When it comes to finances there is always something to be done. Personally, we made some changes to our finances and it has already made a huge difference!
Here are some examples in no particular order:

  • Use a budgeting app, website or system

This is HUGE for me and my family! There are plenty of options for systems to help you with your finances., Quickbooks, and more. My favorite is YNAB (You Need a Budget). You can check it out by clicking here. I highly recommend it!

  • Implement a cash system

We made this change about 5 years ago. It does take some tweaking but using cash to pay for some items definitely makes you save money! Click here to see more details about this cash envelope system.

  • Speak with a financial advisor

Maybe you could save money on your insurance plan or possibly your mortgage/rent. Or what about retirement? Are you currently saving for retirement?

  • Call your utility companies

Probably about 8 months ago, I called each utlity company one by one to see if they had any deals coming up. I was so surprised. Because of my good payment history, I was able to lower almost every one of my bills. My motto is – it never hurts to ask!

  • Go to a financial class at the Library

The Forsyth County library is hosting a class on Wednesday, January 11th. Click here for more details

Any other ideas for helping with finances?