PERSONAL FINANCE

5 tips to refocus your finances after the summer lull.

New York Life | September 19, 2023

If you let your budget slip this summer, here are tips to get back on track.

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Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also be a time when your finances take a backseat. With all the vacations, travel, and other summer activities, it's easy to overspend and let your budget slip. If you're feeling a bit financially lost after the summer, here are a few tips to help you get back on track:

1. Review your budget. The first step to getting back on track financially is to review your budget. This will help you see where your money is going and identify areas where you can cut back.

2. Set financial goals. Once you have a good understanding of your income and expenses, it's time to set some financial goals. What do you want to achieve with your money? Do you want to pay off debt, save for a down payment on a house, or retire early? Having specific goals will help you stay motivated.

3. Make a plan. Once you know what your financial goals are, you need to make a plan to achieve them. This may involve creating a budget, setting up automatic transfers to your savings account, or finding ways to increase your income.

4. Track your progress. It's important to track your progress towards your financial goals. This will help you stay motivated and see how far you've come. You can use a budgeting app, spreadsheet, or simply keep a notebook to track your spending and savings.

5. Find an accountability partner. Having someone to talk to about your financial goals and progress can be helpful. This could be a spouse, friend, family member, financial professional, or even a reliable online community.

Need help with your finances? Contact a financial professional.

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