Spring is in the air, and the two evils of the season are upon us: it’s time to spring clean and get in shape. But don’t forget to add a financial cleanup to your “spring cleaning” list. That’s right: it’s time to study up on some personal finance tips, and Cash Fast Loan Centers is here with a lesson plan.

Tip #1: Make lists.

You have to track expenses to be able to anticipate them, and there’s no better indicator of future spending habits than your past expenses! Experts say about a month of recording your expenses (no matter how painful!) is a good baseline of information for setting a budget and making a plan to stick with it.

Tip #2: Go digital.

There are plenty of apps out there (like Mint) that will track your expenses and help make a budget for you if you hook up your credit card and bank accounts. Not quite that techy? An excel spreadsheet will help you categorize your spending so you can see where you are spending the most—and where you might be able to cut costs.

Tip #3: Hold yourself accountable.

Or recruit a friend to help you stay on track! Once your budget is established, it’s important to make sure you manage your spending and stick to it. Try a reward system (already factored into your budget, of course!) or make a savings goal that you can work towards so that you can see progress.

Tip #4: Be thrifty, but be realistic.

Use coupons, carpool with a friend, sell things you don’t need, and manage little problems before they become big ones (hello, car maintenance). Check out the nine quick ways we recommend stacking your savings.

Tip #5: Don’t let setbacks break your budget!

An unanticipated expense is a nuisance, but don’t let it become a tragedy. Life happens, and Cast Fash Loan Centers are here to help with four different, easily accessible locations in Fort Mill and Clover, South Carolina.

Finance Pro Tip: Don’t Break the Bank or Your Budget

Cash Fast Loan Centers serve the Charlotte, Gaston County and surrounding areas in North Carolina for payday and car title loan advances. No credit checks, no applications, and no waiting. Head up the road to the Cast Fash Center near you when life tries to get you off track, and let us help you keep your budget in check.