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Spring cleaning means digging deep into closets and getting rid of unused, outdated or forgotten items. Decluttering your home allows you to better appreciate your surroundings and the things you value, while freeing up room to add new treasures.

Give your finances the spring cleaning treatment, too. Here are ways to maximize the money you have and give yourself room to grow.

  1. Clear out easy wins first. Easy wins are expenses you can reduce or remove with minimal effort. They're a quick way to feel more in control of spending and motivate you to make other changes. Easy wins could include canceling unused gym memberships, shopping for competitive insurance policies or negotiating with your cable provider for a better deal. You may be able to lower monthly payments on high-interest credit cards by consolidating your debt with a personal loan.
  2. Replace outdated living expenses with ones that fit. Just like we have to admit we aren’t going to fit into those skinny jeans ever again, be honest when assessing your living expenses. As your life changes, try to plan for future expenses and look for ways to balance them by cutting spending elsewhere. Old laptop about to crash? Try trading it in for a discount on a new one. New car in your future? Shop auto insurance for lower premiums. You could save with a special discount on auto insurance from Liberty Mutual®, made available by the TruStage® Auto Insurance Program.1
  3. Air out spending patterns. Brush the dust off your checking and credit card statements for a closer look. What’s the average amount you spend on groceries, eating out, clothes or entertainment per month? Does it vary depending on the time of year? Understanding spending patterns can help you plan for future needs or find places where you can cut spending. You can use Navy Federal’s mobile app* to view your transactions and monthly statements.
  4. Leave space for saving. Once you know what your spending patterns are and how much money you need to cover expenses, make a plan to save some money each month. Saving for a specific goal can be motivating as you watch the distance between you and your new motorcycle, beach vacation or emergency fund get closer. Setting up automatic transfers like those available through Navy Federal’s digital banking* can help you save without having to think about it.

Year-Round Maintenance

Try to plan your spending for the next 6 to 12 months and make adjustments as needed. For more information on budgeting, including a monthly budget worksheet, visit MakingCents.

 


1TruStage® Auto & Home Insurance Program is made available by TruStage Insurance Agency, LLC. Coverage provided and underwritten by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company or its subsidiaries or affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116 USA. © 2021 Liberty Mutual Insurance. Discounts are not available in all states and discounts vary by state. Certain discounts apply to specific coverages only. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. A consumer report from a consumer reporting agency and/or motor vehicle report will be obtained on all drivers listed on your policy where state laws and regulations allow. Please consult your policy for specific coverages and limitations. The insurance offered is not a deposit, and is not federally insured, sold or guaranteed by Navy Federal. Navy Federal enables this insurance program to be offered and is entitled to compensation from TruStage Insurance Agency, LLC.

© TruStage Insurance Agency 2021.

Navy Federal Credit Union is in no way responsible for any products or services provided by or through TruStage, Liberty Mutual or their affiliates, subsidiaries, and insurance company partners.

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This article is intended to provide general information and shouldn't be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It's always a good idea to consult a tax or financial advisor for specific information on how certain laws apply to your situation and about your individual financial situation.