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5 tips to help you become financially fit in 2019

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Saving more money, paying off debt, and spending less were the three most popular financial resolutions last year.

3. Tackle your debt.

Being in debt is like standing in quicksand. The more you borrow, the faster it can spiral out of control. If you want to accomplish your financial goals, getting control of your debt — especially high-interest consumer debt — is key. For instance, consider applying for a credit card balance transfer that offers an introductory 0% APR. Even though these deals often come with a fee of around 3% of the balance.2 it can be worth it to get 0% financing for a year or longer. Consider consolidating multiple cards into a personal loan, which often offer much lower rates.3

4. Maximize your spending.

The next step is to find ways to make the most of the money you already have to spend. One of the best ways to do that is to sign up for a rewards credit cardNot every rewards card is created equal, so spend the time to find one with no annual fee, generous rewards, and a low interest rate so you can start earning money back on everyday expenses. No matter what reward card you choose, be sure to limit yourself to charging only what you can afford to pay off at the end of each month.

5. Plan for the future.

Finally, it's important to make sure you're consistently dedicating some funds toward your future. The earlier you start saving for the future, the easier it is to meet your savings goals, thanks to interest accruing over time. If you haven't enrolled in a 401(k) through your work, do it right away — especially if your employer offers a match. That's free money you're missing out on otherwise. And if you don't have access to an employer-sponsored retirement account, you can still save money for retirement in a tax-advantaged account by opening an IRA instead. Setting up automatic transfers from your checking account can simplify the process.

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  1. Selena Maranjian, “The Top 3 Financial Resolutions for 2018 -- and How to Succeed at Them," The Motley Fool, accessed November 19, 2018. Back
  2. Aviya Kushner, “You can negotiate a balance transfer fee," Bankrate, accessed November 19, 2018. Back
  3. Melanie Lockert, “Should you take out a loan to pay off credit card debt?" Credit Karma accessed November 19, 2018. Back