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How to Set Financial Goals

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In order to save up continuously, you should have a strong financial goal that will serve as your guide and inspiration to save your cash. These scrumptious meals are way too difficult to resist and without a financial goal, that difficulty will surely double up. Such goals may be simple thoughts for now, but after months and months of saving, it will surely become reality.

Now, how can you make a financial goal? Is it just a piece of paper with a note on it, such as “I will buy a house in 2 years”? Not really. A financial goal is a complete list of the things you want to accomplish.

List down all your goals

The first thing you should do is to list down all your goals. It could be as shallow as buying a North Face backpack or as serious as buying a house. Search online for copies of a financial goal worksheet and print it out. Alongside your list of goals should be the time span. How long do you think will it take before you can achieve this goal?

Estimate the cost

If you’re planning to buy a North Face backpack, for example, you can search its price online and in your estimated cost, it’s advisable to raise the price a bit.

Target date

You should also write down a realistic target date for every goal. Check on your monthly salary and your budget for monthly bills, grocery and other financial responsibilities. Be sure that all these facts are considered before you set a target date. Instances may come wherein you think you can do it by 3 months when in fact you have so much debt to pay and you will need at least 2 years to buy that item.

Saving Scheme

Next would be to know how much money you need to save each week or each month depending on when your salary arrives. Divide the total estimated cost of one goal for the number of months until the target date. This will show you how much you should save each month. If you think it’s not possible to save that amount every month, it means you have to extend your target date. Unless you’re waiting for another job to juggle, then perhaps a tighter target date would be fine.

Things to keep in mind

Don’t think of yourself as a robot that once you program it to do something it will then follow. Give yourself enough time to adjust with your financial goal especially if you’re not used to living with restrictions and rules. This is one important factor every individual should keep in their heads.

Don’t stress yourself too much and most especially don’t pressure it. If you think pressure will help you speed things then better think again. In most cases, it just made the financial goal shatter into pieces. The importance of a financial goal may not be realized until you achieve something by saving up. That is why it’s advisable to set a financial goal that won’t take too much time before it can be turned into reality.