Spring Cleaning Your Finances

Cleaning + taxes = Spring. The sooner we complete these two tasks, the sooner we get to enjoy the longer days and warmer weather.  Between the organizing, scrub-downs, and all the little home improvements, most of us will leave our finances on the backburner. Here are three quick tips on how you can take care of your money matters and save while you’re at it:

1.  Review and Remedy.

When was the last time you took a good look at your finances?  Take a seat and review your income, spending habits and where you can potentially save money. This will help you pinpoint unnecessary expenses and items that leave a real dent in your wallet. Use mint.com to automate this process. It’s a free online service that pulls your accounts and income into one place where you can easily set up different spending and saving goals, and get email updates on your progress.

2.  File early to save.

Rushing to file your taxes is both stressful and expensive. Most online tax companies offer savings to early bird filers. TurboTax, the number one rated tax tool is offering big bucks off in 2013 from February 20 to March 6. Check it out! 

·  Save up to $20 on TurboTax

·  Save $10 on TurboTax Deluxe

·  Save $15 on TurboTax Premier

·  Save $20 on TurboTax Home & Business

3.  Correct Your Credit. The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires the nationwide consumer reporting companies including Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion to provide a free credit report every 12 months, upon request.  Sadly, a vast majority of consumers are unaware of errors and outdated information that can reflect poorly on their credit score. Correcting these errors will assure lower interest-rates for investments and assist in long-term financial goals.

By: Leanna

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