September Financial Fitness Challenge--Stay Off the Budget Trouble D List
In the past few years, none of us has had to look far to find reasons for falling short of our financial goals. If you haven't lost a job you know someone who has, maybe in your own household. Most of us have made financial adjustments, some of them major, to acknowledge the realities of living through a serious recession.
The D list
This message is not for those people who are genuinely suffering from the economy; it's for those who are tempted to let the struggling economy become an excuse for staying stuck.
Here are five common behaviors that can sabotage your financial goals:
You're in charge
In each of these cases, our consumer friends can take simple steps to turn things around.
If you recognize yourself in any of these stories, or feel stuck in a money management situation, ask for a referral to a financial coach at your credit union. Sometimes all it takes to make a change is identifying the problem.
Financial Fitness Challenge
The people at your credit union bring you this Web site and other tools, such as credit counseling, to help you make the most of your financial resources. In 2010, the Financial Fitness Challenge continues to look at ways you can make better financial habits no matter what condition the economy is in.
Each month we randomly select five winners to receive $50 Visa gift cards; we choose each month's winners only from that month's entries, so enter often. Remember to register for the Financial Fitness Challenge.
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