Financial habits to form in 2016

Financial habits to form in 2016

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Spending money is easy and saving money is hard, especially when you don't have a steady plan. has listed five powerful habits that you can form in the 2016 New Year.

Automate: Financial experts recommend you automate your savings because it is so effective. Automating is hands off and you're less likely to tinker with your contributions.

Check up on your credit: Get into the habit of checking your credit score. These credit scores are free once a year.  Making sure you have the credit score you deserve is a good way to double check that you haven't been a victim of identity theft.

Talk about your financial life: Talking to others about your financial goals. Sharing this information with close friends and family can help you lead to better financial decisions.

Track expenses: Monitoring expenses can help you get a better picture of where your money is going every month. If you don't like what you are seeing, you can make changes.

Remind yourself of your financial priorities: Spending less and saving more. Think about the financial freedom it will bring.  Set specific sub-goals like contributing the maximum annual amount to your Roth IRA and remember it will take time to accomplish lofty plans.

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