1) education series finding ways to boost your investments Savvy shoppers know how to find the bargains. So what do they do with all that money they save? Wise shoppers would invest those savings and start building a nest egg that could provide financial security in retirement. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned. And over time, those pennies could add up and help “buy” a more enjoyable retirement lifestyle. If you're ready to start saving for retirement or want to ramp up your current contribution, but there just doesn't seem to be enough money left over at the end of the month, don't give up. The following strategies could help you manage your money better and free up resources for your investment goals. • tart budgeting. While most of us know what S a budget is, how many of us actually use one? A budget can help you chart your cash flow by recording all of your sources of income and your fixed and variable monthly expenses. Once you determine where your money is going using a budget, you can prioritize your needs, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York RP 2612 NY 8-14 potentially identify expenses that could be eliminated and instead, start setting that aside for your retirement savings. • ut down on credit card expenses. Avoid C using credit cards whenever possible, but if you can't, at least work to pay off your debt. Consider transferring your balances to a card with a lower-interest rate and try to pay at least twice the minimum monthly payment. • atch transportation costs. Do you really W need a brand new car right now? You could save thousands by purchasing one that's just a year or two old and yet still has a warranty. If you purchase a car—new or used—carefully consider whether to finance or lease it. The decision could dramatically affect your monthly expenses. • ut your extra cash to work. Did this year's P tax refund, raise or bonus burn a hole in your pocket? The next one doesn't have to. Make plans now to invest it.
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