Step 3: Making Smart Financial Decisions

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Making smart financial decisions is key to maximizing your savings and working to achieve your financial goals as an ABLE account owner. To help make smart financial decisions, the following video provides four tips to help you do just that.

Topics at a Glance

What are the four tips to making smart financial decisions?

The four tips to making smart financial decisions are: …

  • Tip 1: Understanding needs vs. wants
  • Tip 2: Creating a spending plan
  • Tip 3: Maximizing savings opportunities
  • Tip 4: Putting the plan into action and sticking with it

What is the difference between a need and a want?

Needs are items we need in order to live. Examples include housing, food, utilities, clothing, etc. (many of which could be qualified disability-related expenses). Wants are items we would like to have but don’t necessarily need them to live. (These could also be expenses for which your ABLE funds could potentially be used.)

What is a spending plan and why is it important?

Spending plans or a budget can be a plan for the funds in your ABLE account. A spending plan is based on numbers. How much money do you bring home each month, through paychecks, public benefits or contributions into your ABLE account from outside sources? And how much goes out as expenses? A spending plan gives you an opportunity to look at your expenses straight on, and it shows you how you spend your money.

Additional Information

  1. Deposits into an ABLE account are not allowed to exceed $15,000 in any given tax year. ABLE account owners who are working may be able to contribute more.
  2. You are allowed to open an ABLE account outside your state of residency.
  3. Over 40 states in the country have launched ABLE programs.

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