Put Your Finances In Order: Four Tips for 2014
It’s that time of the year again, when you have over-indulged in the festivities and you are now faced with some financial realities that are not so pleasant. The following are four tips to help you get your finances right in the new year.
Pay Your Debts
In 2014, you should stop procrastinating your financial obligations. Your personal loan, cash advance and credit card debt should be cleared immediately. Holding on to debt is costly because you have to pay interest. It also keeps you in a spending cycle. Therefore, you need to create a plan to get out of debt and follow it.
Open a TFSA for Emergencies
Financial emergencies can bring you to your knees if you do not plan for them. For this reason, you may want to set aside a certain amount of money every month and put it in a Tax Free Savings Account. A TFSA can help you to manage emergencies effectively.
Save to Buy a House
Canadians who have just gotten their fist job see home ownership as a distant fantasy. However, regular saving for a down payment can get them close to this dream. Since the minimum down payment is around 5%, consumers should aim to accumulate this amount and start their journey towards home ownership.
Invest Wisely for Retirement
In order to have financial independence during retirement, you must first take a closer look at your financial position and start saving right now. You can use TurboTax Canada to file your returns.