6 Tips for Financial Fitness THIS fall!

By Michelle Moon

History has proven that homeownership is a solid long-term investment. You build your equity stake through your regular mortgage payments and your home’s price appreciation over time. But wealth building doesn’t have to stop there. Here are 6 ways to do more throughout your mortgage years

Splurge Just a Little

Many of us dealt with stressors that we didn’t even know existed! For example, not being able to see loved ones! That’s why we all want to live a little, but perhaps do it strategically so you don’t break the bank. Maybe have some celebratory days with a set amount that you can spend where you go out and do the things you’ve really missed. 

Revisit/Start Your Budget

Having a budget is one of the most important ways to achieve a solid financial future. It might not be the most thrilling task, but it’s one that will give you a clearer picture of where you stand and how much you can truly spend. You’ll also be able to determine how much money you can allocate to your “live a little” fund. 

While preparing your budget, first take a new look at your monthly bills and go through them line by line. You may have signed up for services you never really use or perhaps don’t remember requesting. Look for small, unexplained charges, fees, and add-ons, and the services that you can now live without. 

Maintain Your Credit

Your credit score is essentially your passport to financial opportunities. It can mean the difference between getting approved or denied for any kind of credit and can prevent you from getting the lowest mortgage rate. The good news is that you have a lot of control over your score. That’s why it’s important to always have good credit behaviours. The single biggest factor to having a good score is a timely bill payment history – so never let a bill get past due! Be sure to know your credit limits and try not to use more than 30% of the available amount. Don’t be tempted to apply for store cards just to save on your purchase that day, and before you cancel a credit card get advice.

Focus on your High-Interest Debt

Always keep an eye on your high interest debt and pay down your credit cards as much as possible. If you find that your debt is making things difficult, you may be able to move that debt to your lower-rate mortgage if you have enough home equity. You can save thousands in interest, have one lower monthly payment that greatly improves your cash flow, and enjoy much reduced financial stress. 

Spend Time, Not Money

We have all gained a new appreciated of the value of being able to spend time with loved ones in person, that it’s something to treasure. Focusing on this may keep you from spending money you might not have or might not want to spend!

Help Others

There are money that weren’t very fortunate during the pandemic. Consider committing some money to give back – charities, shop local, tip restaurant workers & others generously!