Happy New Year! A new year means new goals and new aspirations. I love New Year’s Day as it signifies wiping the slate clean and moving forward. I believe in the importance of reflecting on the highs and lows of the prior year, but then letting go. The past year was very ‘meh’ for me. I went on some really fun vacations this summer, and was pretty excited about the presidential election, but not much else is worth remembering.
I look forward to my husband finally graduating law school in May, but the second half of 2013 will be rough as he studies for the bar and then waits three months for results. I’m hopeful that come November, he will be practicing law and we can finally start figuring out our future. We should have two full-time incomes and can begin to really tackle his scary debt. Last year felt like a waiting game, while 2013 feels like a year when things will actually happen and move forward. What are you excited about for 2013?
For my roundup this first week of the year, I present 10 posts from my fellow personal finance bloggers to help you this year to get control of your finances. Whether your goal is to pay down credit card debt or boost your emergency fund, these tips will help. Enjoy!
1. Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance offers advice on how to make and keep your New Year’s resolutions by starting small.
2. Good Financial Cents shares a list of several online finance tools that can help you pay off your debt this year.
3. Canadian Budget Binder explains how his family’s budget succeeded in 2012 and discusses why that process will continue to work in 2013.
4. Squirrelers lists 10 things to do to build your wealth and reach your financial goals in 2013.
5. Eyes on the Dollar discusses how you can set yourself up for financial success in 2013.
6. Tackling Our Debt suggests how to begin financial planning to make 2013 your best year yet.
7. Do you have a tendency to set goals or resolutions but never follow through? Prairie Eco-Thrifter provides six tips for creating better goals that you can actually fulfill.
8. An emergency fund is a must for financial security. Mr. & Mrs. Not Made of Money recommends 10 ways to beef up your emergency fund this year.
9. Did you procrastinate making New Year’s resolutions? My Dollar Plan lists six ideas you can use for your own financial resolutions.
10. Money Under 30 walks readers through the process of both setting financial goals for 2013 and sticking to them.