Celebrate Financial Awareness Day with Document Shredding

Hand lettered graphic reading "August 14 Naitinal Financial Awareness Day“Time is Money”

This phrase is often used to emphasize the value of a person’s time, but it is also true when it comes to financial awareness. The sooner we act on organizing our financial affairs, the better our financial future will be. Every day counts, and giving adequate attention to your personal finances can pay dividends.

August 14th is National Financial Awareness Day

Worrying about what you could have or should have done financially yesterday is of no value except to learn from your mistakes so you don’t repeat them. Now is the time to put those lessons to work and celebrate this important day by getting your financial affairs in order!

Let’s Get Started

Getting your financial affairs organized involves several core tasks, some of which you may not have considered before. If they seem overwhelming at first, take a slower approach by focusing on one or two areas and then adding others as you are able to. Some is better than none!

    1. Create a Simple Budget. Don’t let the word “budget” scare you off! A budget is your friend, not your enemy. It will help you balance your income with your spending. Sometimes a budget takes time to assemble because your costs may fluctuate or change over the month or year, but the purpose is to make sure you aren’t spending more money than you are bringing in. If you are, a budget will help you see where you may need to tighten up spending. If you discover you have more income than expenditures, wonderful! Regardless of your situation, consider this next recommendation.
    1. Start Saving Today. Remember that phrase, “Time is money”? The sooner you start saving some of your income, the more secure you will be in case of an emergency, and depending on what you do with your savings, you may even be able to use it to earn some interest income.

Setting up a system in your bank account where a certain percentage of your income is regularly set aside in a savings account can remove the temptation to spend that money instead. In time, you will have saved a substantial amount of money that can be used for future purchases, emergencies, or retirement. Employers sometimes will offer to withhold some of your pay in an account such as a 401(k), pension plan, or retirement fund. Some employers will even offer to match a percentage of the amount you deduct, doubling your account balance. Try to invest the maximum percentage of your income possible into the savings plan, or come as close as you can. You’ll be grateful in years to come!

    1. Protect Your Information. What does this have to do with financial success? A big part of protecting your financial future lies in protecting your personal, financial, and other confidential information. It would be disastrous and frustrating to lose your hard-earned money to a slick identity thief. This is why it’s important to follow these security guidelines:
      • Never put any papers containing personal information in the trash or recycling bin. The best way to ensure that you shred all documents with sensitive information is to have all documents shredded. Then you don’t have to decide what to shred or worry about overlooking something.
      • Include all receipts that you aren’t required to keep in your shredding pile. Because identity thieves have the patience and ability to reconstruct paperwork that is torn up or shredded in a consumer-grade shredding machine, it’s important that your information is professionally destroyed by a local, reputable, NAID AAA Certified shredding company so it can’t be reconstructed.
      • Destroy credit card statements, boarding passes, banking and utility bills, expired driver licenses, passports, credit cards, and health insurance cards. Information collected from these and other documents can be used to impersonate you, drain your bank accounts, run up massive debt in your name, and generally create havoc in your life.

Destroying Those Documents

When it comes to protecting your financial information, whether it be for your business or your personal documents, you need to make sure your private information is fully destroyed. The biggest mistake you can make is to think it won’t happen to you. Everyone is a potential target.

Pacific Shredding offers secure shredding of commercial and residential customers’ information in Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto, Fresno, Napa and Solano counties. We are NAID AAA Certified, upholding the highest security standards in the industry so you can be confident that your private information is safe from theft and misuse. Let us help you get started with celebrating Financial Awareness Day with our convenient, affordable residential shredding service, or for smaller shredding projects, consider drop-off shredding or Seal N’ Shred Bags.

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