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TransUnion Survey Finds Nearly a Quarter of Americans Have Abandoned New Year's Financial Resolutions
Friday, August 9, 2013 5:55 AM

While many consumers are enjoying last-minute summer vacations before the kids go back to school, TransUnion finds that more than half of Americans are focused on fun in the sun instead of their financial resolutions they set back in January.

According to a recent Google Consumer survey commissioned by TransUnion, nearly a quarter of Americans surveyed (22 percent) say they have abandoned their financial resolutions for 2013. Additionally, nearly a third (29 percent) of those surveyed said they were less than halfway to their 2013 goals.

The following tips will help consumers get financially fit and reach those financial resolutions for 2013:

  • Check your credit reports frequently: The first step to robust credit health is to recognize which bad financial habits, such as late payments, you have and how they are represented on your credit report. Regular check-ups will also help you guard against identity theft.
  • Know your score: Understand what affects your credit score and take the necessary steps to reaching healthier credit. The higher your score, the better rate you are likely to receive.
  • Create a monthly spending plan and stick to it: Determine your current spending habits, and set a monthly budget to determine just how much disposable income you have so you can manage it wisely.
  • File a dispute. It is your right to question information on your credit report that you don't recognize or that might not accurately reflect your credit history.