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Financial Literacy Focus: Credit Cards

Happy January BC students!

For $uccessful Start, January is all about budgeting. Each year we all make New Year's Resolutions. Often our resolutions focus on our health: we're going to eat better, work out more, and find opportunities to de-stress. How often do we consider our financial health when making resolutions for the year?

A budget is a goal-setting exercise by which we make a financial plan for each month of the year. Writing your budget might work very much like a plan to get healthier. Just as we might assess how much food we take in compared to how much energy we expend, budgeting begins with calculating our income and evaluating our expenses. With a basic understanding of how much we make and how much we spend, we can then make sure that our habits align with our goals. Every budget should make room for savings and paying down debt.

Need help with your budget? Join us for our Budgeting workshop this month. We'll be announcing the time and place just after the Add/Drop period. As always, if you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please e-mail us at