3 Money Resolutions to Make for 2018

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated December 22, 2017

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Personal Finance
December 22, 2017

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Nearly 9 percent of people set New Year’s resolutions to make better financial decisions. If you’re ready to make a financial resolution this year, then you should focus on the following three options. They will help you do the most with your money.

If you have high-interest debt, then you should devote as much money as possible to eliminating that debt in 2018. High-interest debt typically comes from credit cards, which can charge 23 percent or more.

Before you start repaying your debts, rank them according to their interest rates. Once you’ve brought that account’s balance to $0, start repaying debts with lower interest rates.

Depending on how much you have, high-interest debt can cost you hundreds of dollars each month. Once you repay the debt, you’ll have extra money that makes it easier for you to invest and save.

If you don’t have any high-interest debt, then you should start contributing more money to your retirement accounts, including 401(k)s and IRAs.

Most people should prioritize more money for their 401(k) accounts, especially since many employers match a portion of their contributions.

Various types of IRA accounts, however, can also help you prepare for the future. If you don’t already have a financial adviser, then you should talk to a professional who can help you invest your money wisely.

This New Year’s Eve, many people will resolve to earn more money in 2018. Finding a way to increase your income, however, isn’t easy unless you get a new job that pays significantly more. For a lot of people, it makes more sense to start cutting expenses. That way, they can do more with their incomes.

Some easy ways to cut expenses include:

  • Comparing health and auto insurance quotes
  • Using public transportation or carpooling
  • Turning off lights, appliances and computers when you aren’t using them
  • Canceling memberships and subscriptions that you rarely use
  • Avoiding restaurants and coffee shops
  • Clipping coupons
  • Getting books, music and movies from your public library

Eliminating debt, investing more money and cutting expenses will make your financial health better in 2018. You just have to choose the resolution that fits your needs best and make sure you follow through with your commitment.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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