It’s a long weekend so I know you have some extra time these days. Why not use it to improve your finances? Setting yourself up for financial success doesn’t have to be painful. In fact, it’s probably easier than you think.
25 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW To Improve Your Finances
- Go through your old clothes and see if anything you don’t want is good enough to be sold on consignment, Kijiji, or eBay.
- Go through your books and take old books to a used bookstore for cash or store credit.
- Find an odd job: leave raking, dog walking, babysitting, snow shoveling, participating in a research study that will bring in at least $25. Borrow The $100 Startup from the library if you really want inspiration!
- Roll your change and take it to the bank. Deposit it into a high-interest savings account or put it towards debt.
- Write down a plan for when and how you’re going to negotiate your salary at your next review or new job.
- If you’re a student, use sites like Student Awards or your school’s financial aid office to locate and apply for at least 3 scholarships.
- Identify a professional degree or designation that will take your career to the next level, then explore at least 5 different institutions where the program is offered and compare costs.
- Automate your finances: set up all your regular bills to be charged to a single credit card, then set up a single automatic payment that coincides with a regular payday to pay off the credit card.
- Join Swagbucks and start earning free Amazon gift cards or cash via PayPal from surfing the web.
- Take the plunge finally get into investing. Not sure where to begin? Check out my eCourse, The Six-Figure Stock Portfolio.
- It’s nearly tax time. Find out how much you’ll pay and look for ways to reduce what you’ll pay such as by claiming business expenses, RRSP contributions, student loan interest, or charitable donations.
- Join Rakuten and start getting cash back for your online purchases. I’ve earned as much as 10% back on online purchases!
- Use RateHub’s tool to choose the right credit card to maximize rewards.
- Take in bottles and cans to recycling for cash. Use the spare cash towards a big financial goal, like a down payment or early retirement.
- Consolidate your credit card debt onto a low-interest line of credit, then cut up the credit cards so you’re not tempted to spend.
- Transfer a portion of money from a savings account to a higher investment vehicle, such as a GIC, mutual fund, or dividend paying ETF.
- Check your credit score and get your free credit report. Make this an annual habit!
- Spend an extra 10 minutes looking for coupons to reduce what you spend on groceries this week.
- Explore bundling your tv/phone/internet for a lower monthly bill.
- Call to negotiate a lower rate on a credit card or loan or other bill.
- Spend an hour hacking your budget. Set a goal to find an extra $50 per month in savings by reducing your spending.
- Take out a book on investing from the library (try The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham).
- Switch to free chequing and high-interest savings by opening an account with Tangerine.
24. Start saving for retirement by putting $25 in a new RRSP. Think $25 doesn’t matter? Every dollar you save in your 20s is worth as much as $7 or more by retirement.
25. Update your resume and spend 1-2 hours browsing job postings sites to identify current or future opportunities you may be interested in. Even if you’ve already got your dream job, it’s always good to take a look!
Hope you found this list of suggestions to improve your finances helpful! If you have more to add, please tell me in the comments!
#22 is a goal of mine – though, not for this weekend as I’m on vacation. I definitely want to go get a library card from our local library and take out some personal finance and investment books to learn more about it all!
It’s been my experience that investing books take some commitment because they’re long & boring so I’d recommend starting soon and just reading it in bits & pieces! haha
These are all great tips! I’m hoping to take some time to apply to more jobs but also see how I can max out my roth for 2014!
Good luck!! That is an awesome goal!
Great ideas! I’m going to try and tackle #4 this week… I found a bunch of old coins when cleaning out a random box of junk the other day. #14 might happen this week too, we have a bunch of empties still hanging out in the garage after the Superbowl. (I know I picked the easy ones.)