Money matters: Advice on spring cleaning your finances

With a new season starting to bloom, now is the perfect time to give your finances a good spring clean and a boost for the rest of the year. Stephen Porter, Head of Member Experience at Leeds Credit Union, explains how.

Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation and it’s also the perfect time to take a look at your finances and give them a good tidy up. Whether you’re trying to pay off debt, save for a big purchase or simply get a better handle on your finances, here are some tips to help you spruce them up this spring.

Review your budget: Start by taking a look at your budget and reviewing your expenses from the past few months. Are there any areas where you can cut back? Are you overspending in certain categories? Make adjustments to your budget as needed to ensure that you’re living within your means.

Pay off debt: If you have any outstanding debt, now is the time to focus on paying it off. Start by prioritising your debts and paying off the ones with the highest interest rates first. Consider consolidating your debts with a debt consolidation loan that has a lower interest rate to make your repayments more manageable.

Check your credit report: Your credit score is an important factor in determining your ability to obtain credit and the interest rate you’ll be charged. Review your credit report and check for errors or inaccuracies that may be negatively affecting your score. Dispute any errors and work on improving your credit score by paying your bills on time and keeping your credit utilisation low.

Shop around for better deals: Review your bills and subscriptions, such as your internet or mobile phone plan, and see if you can find a better deal by switching providers or negotiating with your current provider. Also, take a look at your insurance policies and compare rates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Set financial goals: Finally, set some financial goals for the year ahead. Whether it’s paying off a credit card balance or building up an emergency savings fund, having clear goals can help you stay motivated and focused on achieving financial success.

In conclusion, spring is the perfect time to take a close look at your finances and make any necessary adjustments. By following these tips, you can tidy up your finances and set yourself on the path to financial success. Remember, a little effort now can pay off handsomely in the long run!


Leeds Credit Union provides straightforward and affordable financial services to people in Leeds.

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