With the World Series finally here, we’re throwing out some money management tips you could actually pick up at the ballpark.
Baseball fan or not, nobody wants to strike out when it comes to their finances. From the dugout to deep center, here are 4 major league lessons we found on the field.
1. Knock Your Credit Score Out of the Park
Much like trying to hit 100-mph fastballs, dealing with your credit score can be an intimidating situation. In order to get comfortable at the plate, professional hitters spend countless hours in batting cages perfecting their swing.
So, if you’re going to get comfortable with your credit score, you need to get familiar with it first. Once you really understand your number, you can set a new target and start swinging away at it. Here’s 4 tips to help you get smart about your credit score today.
2. Look for Extra Bases
In baseball, you’d never settle for a single if a little extra hustle could stretch it into a double. You should approach your finances with a similarly aggressive attitude.
One way to get ahead is to push yourself to pay more than your minimum on your credit card or loan payments. Even if it’s just an extra 10 or 20 bucks, every little bit helps in the long run.
3. Always Protect Home Plate
Plain and simple, home plate is where it all goes down. No team wants to let someone steal any base, but letting a runner steal home? That’s just unacceptable.
In the financial world (and for the sake of this article) home plate represents your identity. Your bank records, credit card numbers and personal information are all right there at home plate — and you need to protect it all costs.
4. Keep an Eye Out for Curve Balls
Even the best hitters in baseball struggle with the curve. This tricky pitch looks just like an average fastball, right up until the last split second — then the ball breaks, the batter swings and comes up with nothing but air.
Whether you‘re in the batter’s box or analyzing your banking statement, curve balls are always lurking. You can try to predict them all you want, but life takes sudden turns in the blink of an eye.
Don’t let a leaky boiler or blown transmission throw you too far off your game. Here’s what to do if you come across some financial fouls.
From the first pitch to the final out, we hope you enjoy every minute of the this Fall Classic. Baseball season might be coming to an end, but financial management is a year-long sport and you’ve got plenty more wins to pick up.