We know your to-do list is probably already way too long, but can we convince you to add four more items?
As U.S. News explains, these four simple to-dos will make a big difference in your finances — and they won’t take too much time to complete!
1. Lose Those Bank Fees
There are two ways of doing it: First, you can call your bank and ask them to waive the fee.
If that doesn’t work, it might be time to open a new bank account.
2. Get an EMV Credit Card
Next, it’s time to ask for an EMV credit card. These cards include microchips that, as U.S. News puts it, “encrypt the card information and make in-person transactions more secure.”
Contact your credit card issuers and ask if they can send you EMV cards to replace your old ones.
3. Start Saving for the Holidays
The holidays are coming whether you’re ready or not — so get financially ready by putting aside a little bit of money every week into a dedicated holiday savings account.
If you save $40 or $50 dollars every week, you might not have to put your holiday spending on your new EMV credit card!
4. Evaluate Your Health Insurance
Lastly, it’s time to consider your health insurance plan, and whether your current coverage is the best option for you and your family.
Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on November 1, 2015, and runs through January 31, 2016. Set aside some time to look at the available plans, compare them to your current coverage and decide if it’s time for a change.
If you get all four of these to-dos done, great! Even if you only have time to complete one or two of them, you’re still taking important steps toward improving your finances.
Want to learn more? Read the full story at U.S. News.
Your Turn: Which of these easy to-do items do you think will have the biggest financial impact on your life?
Nicole Dieker is a freelance writer focusing on personal finance and personal stories. Her work has appeared in The Billfold, The Toast, Yearbook Office, The Write Life and Boing Boing.