Putting Your Stimulus Check To Work: Don't Blow It
The IRS started sending stimulus payments shortly after the American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law. In the week following, approximately 90 million Americans received about $242 billion in stimulus payments. More stimulus checks are still on the way and many payments will be received by direct deposit in the coming weeks.
If you are wondering what's included in the latest round of stimulus, we encourage you to read our recent communication - Highlights Of The New Stimulus Package.
Getting a stimulus payment isn't an event that happens every day. Some may be tempted to blow that "stimmy money" on something fun like a new tv, gaming system or over-priced accessory to help themselves get through the pandemic. Before you are quick to swipe or blow your stimulus cash on things that may deliver near-term gratification, think about the ways it could improve your total financial picture. We've included several ideas below:
Pay-Off High-Interest Debt and Build Your Savings
The decision to spend or save your stimulus check hinges on a four-letter word: debt. Paying off any high-interest debt should be a top priority. Credit card debt is a common high-interest debt that can also affect your credit score.
Once high-interest debt is paid off, a good rule of thumb is to have three to six months of household expenses saved in a bank account.
Contribute to Your Roth IRA
A Roth IRA contribution is made with after-tax dollars. The benefit of contributing to a Roth IRA is that your money grows tax-free and can be taken out in retirement tax-free.
Contribute to a Child's or Grandchild's 529 Plan
A 529 plan is a valuable tool that may be used to save money for education, including college tuition and certain related expenses as well as up to $10,000/year of K-12 tuition. Earnings in a 529 plan grow tax-free and will not be taxed when the money is taken out from the plan to pay for qualifying educational expenses.
On a related topic, we encourage you to watch this short video - Rule of 72, which is intended to help explain and measure the effect of compound interest on your investment and the choices you make early.
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