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Financial Checklist: 10 Priorities for the New Year

Delta Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 3:18 PM
Most of this is good advice - except for putting all payments on auto-pay. While computers are fine, they're only as good as the people doing the in-putting, and these people can make mistakes. While they're very quick to take your money, it can take up to a year or more to get a mistake corrected. Some time ago, a ditz at an Untied airlines counter took two coupons instead of one, and when my colleague had to board a return flight and didn't have that coupon, we had to pay for a one-way ticket home and then waited just under a year for Untied to "check" the problem and issue a credit. No thanks - auto-pay is out for me.

Dear Readers, Determined to get your financial house in order this year, but feeling overwhelmed at the thought? You're not alone. Use this checklist to get started -- and keep it handy to mark your progress throughout the new year.

The new year is a great time to review your finances, refresh your goals and maybe set some new priorities. Getting a handle on your finances can seem daunting, especially if you try to do it all at once. However, if you take it one step at a time -- and share the journey with your spouse, partner or family...