These Are Americans’ Top 10 Financial Resolutions for 2023

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Did any of these make your list?

Key points

  • Establishing financial goals for the year could help you meet them.
  • Sticking to resolutions like these could help your financial picture improve.
  • Top financial resolutions for Americans include spending less, building an emergency fund, and filing taxes early.

The start of a new year is a great time to map out different goals. Those goals might be health-related, social, or financial. And if you’re curious as to what people are pledging in terms of the latter category, here are Americans’ top financial resolutions as per a recent survey by Principal.

1. Spending less money

The less money you spend, the more you can save — it’s that simple. Following a budget is a good way to keep your spending in check, as is having a system in place for avoiding impulse buys. That could mean making shopping lists before hitting stores and/or shopping only with cash and leaving your credit cards behind.

2. Putting more money into a savings account

You may want to boost your savings account balance so you can put money toward a car or purchase a home. Or maybe you’re saving for a vacation. Sticking to a budget could help you meet your savings goals, but it also pays to look at automating the process by arranging for a portion of each paycheck you collect to bounce from your checking account to your savings account at the start of the month.

3. Building an emergency fund

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