Not everyone carries a balance on their credit cards from month to month, but for those who do, the average balance per household is now $9,600. That’s about 17% of the average U.S. household income! Here are some strategies you can use to help pay off your credit cards.
If you want to work towards your longer-term financial security, you need to free up funds to do so – but how? One suggestion: participate in the “sharing economy,” now dead simple, thanks to the Internet. By sharing, renting, or bartering, you’ll reduce your expenses and/or earn a little extra income. Before you know it, you may find yourself with extra funds to fatten your savings account or invest in the other building blocks of your financial security.
Many surveys have shown that women tend to carry more debt than men, and that they make less money to boot. To compound matters, under-saving for retirement is common for men and women of all ages. Here are some steps you can you take to help level the playing field and secure your financial future.
Thinking of starting your first 401(k)? Congratulations! Saving for retirement is a tremendously important step towards securing your financial future. Adopt the following strategy as a young person and stick to it, and you have an excellent chance of getting where you need to go.