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If 2020 has taught us anything, it's to be prepared for anything and everything... and that includes finances

Posted at 1:34 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 15:34:14-05

If 2020 has taught us anything, it's to be prepared for anything and everything. This mindset should also extend to your finances. David Sant, Chief Marketing Officer for Cyprus Credit Union, joined us with some end of year financial planning steps you should take to ensure you start 2021 on the right foot.

Did you make financial goals at the beginning of the year? Now is the time to take a look at them and see how you did. If you didn't quite accomplish them, that's okay.

It's never too early to start preparing for next year's taxes. A you start receiving important end of year documents, keep these in a safe and secure place. Take a look at your taxable investments as well as ant charitable donations you made during the calendar year. Check your withholdings to make sure everything is correct.

Whether it's your 401K or your HSA, putting as much money as you can towards these accounts now will pay off in the future. This will also allow you to take advantage of any employer matching offers that are available to you. Contributions can be made until January 31st.

Having money set aside for the sole purpose of an emergency not only will provide peace of mind, but help prevent unnecessary credit card debt. While it has been recommended having at least three months' worth of expenses tucked away, having any amount is a great start.

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