How to up your net worth

When was the last time you took a look at your net worth? If you’re not doing as well as you’d like, it may be time to focus on improving it. Here are a few simple ways you can improve your net worth…

Cut back on spending: We all need to cut back on our spending in certain areas. That morning cup of coffee may not seem like much, but it can add up. Figure out your weak spot for spending and cut back. If you don’t spend it, then you’re saving it and that means a higher net worth. Eliminating inconsequential purchases can turn into major savings over the course of a year.

Lower your debt: If you’re having to make debt payments every month, you’re definitely not going to be as successful at saving money. Get out from under that debt as soon as possible so you can go back to focusing on saving for the future.

Build retirement savings: Do you have a 401k? If not, you’re missing a good opportunity to grow your net worth. Some companies will match contributions, and if yours does, you need to take advantage. Free money is always a great option. And don’t forget about compound interest. If you’re thinking about an IRA, the sooner you begin, the better.

Earn more cash: Are you due for a raise? Do you deserve one? Then ask for it. Do you like being active on the weekends? How about a part-time job? Working a second job for a few hours on the weekend can be a great way to supplement your income.

Stop renting: Owning real estate is the best way to jump-start the building of your net worth. If you feel you are ready to buy your first home, go for it. The longer you rent, the longer you keep throwing money away. Take the leap when you’re ready by investing in something that will definitely pay-off over time.

John Pettit

John Pettit

John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union ... Web: www.cuinsight.com Details

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