Many Americans often look forward to receiving a tax refund. But before splurging on a dinner out or a weekend getaway, consider these steps to put your tax refund to work this year, setting yourself and your family up for long-term financial success.
The past several months have been a difficult time for the many people across the country battling the global Covid-19 pandemic. The impacts reached almost every person, from essential employees and those who contracted the virus, to the general population sheltering in place to minimize the spread of the disease.
Getting to where you want to go will depend on the choices you make today. While we know you are likely doing what you can now to save, you have many priorities competing for your money. Taking the appropriate steps now may help set you up for a better financial situation later.
The purpose of a 401(k) is to provide retirement income, so the last thing you ever want to do is access that money while you're still working. But if times get tough and you grow desperate for cash, you might be tempted to tap that account early and access the money that's technically yours.
Saving money is a big goal for all of us. So in a single-parent family, when one parent bears the responsibility of raising kids and making financial ends meet, saving for something like your own retirement might be further down the priority list compared to your other financial goals.