Q&A with Sue Lynn Sasser
Beginning of year is good time
to think about financial future
Q: What are the smartest financial resolutions for 2013?
A: It's always good to focus on the basics, especially increasing savings and paying down debt. A new year is a great time to review your spending habits and adjust your budget accordingly. Track your spending for at least two weeks to see where your money goes; then you can find ways to cut expenses or offset increases in another area. It's also a good time to review insurance policies and beneficiaries to be sure they are current and the coverage is what you need.
Q: What are the least wise?
A: Focusing on only one aspect of your finances is generally not a good tactic. Taking a holistic approach where you can see the relationship between income and spending is generally best. Also, reducing retirement contributions or borrowing from a retirement account to cover other bills or current needs is rarely a good idea. Doing so reduces your future income and it's virtually impossible to replace.