We are approaching the end of 2018!
Approximately a day away…
I hope 2018 has been a fruitful and prosperous one for you and your loved ones.
If it hasn’t been, don’t despair!
2019 is nearby and you have a chance to change your financial future.
So what are your financial goals for 2019?
Below I have listed a few you can aspire towards to be one step closer towards financial freedom.
1. Start saving / Save more money.
Do you save any money?
If so, great job! You are on your way to building a great financial future.
You can boost your savings rate at about 1% per year.
If not, then starting a savings plan is a great way to jump start the new year. Saving as little as $100 per month can help you establish a long term savings plan.
Whether it’s planning your dream wedding or saving up for that car you’ve been dreaming of, saving is a great financial step you can take to accomplishing your goals. A great tip for beginners is to automate your savings. This way your money goes automatically to your savings account without you worrying about having to physically put in it.
2. Have an Emergency Fund.
You may be wondering, exactly what is an emergency fund for?
Well essentially, as the name says, an emergency fund is an easily accessible fund that should have about 3-6 months worth of monthly expenses to cover events such as a job loss, car repairs and medical problems. These situations can run a person into debt if an emergency fund is not in place to cover such unexpected events.
A great financial goal to have for the new year is setting up a detailed plan as to how you can start putting money into your emergency fund. You can start off with as little as $1000.00 and build it from there.
3. Become Debt Free.
Debt… That dreaded word…
Did you know that 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck?
Yes you read that right!
According to a recent study by the American Payroll Association (APA), a staggerring 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.
What do you call that?
If you are one of those Americans living paycheck to paycheck, I’m sure you would like a way out of this dreaded mess you’ve created.
Make it your primary goal for 2019 to get rid of most, if not all your debt except your home. If you are looking for a way out, I suggest you follow Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course and start taking charge of your financial life!
In my opinion, Dave Ramsey is one of the best financial advisors in the world and his system has helped millions in America and around the world.
It’s never too late to start and once you follow his proven strategy for eliminating debt, you will be well on your way to kicking debt in the butt once and for all.
4. Start Living within your Means.
The opposite is true for most of us. We live above our means. BY A LOT!
Many of us go into debt buying stuff we don’t need, to impress people we don’t really like, with money we evidently do not have.
Sounds familiar? Yep this is the reality for a lot of us.
We rack up credit cards buying expensive items, promising to clear the balance off before it’s due and almost all the time, we end up in enormous credit card debt.
Trust me, I know it well. I was once a victim.
After cutting up my credit card, I started living within my means to avoid payments each month.
Start living within your means and stop chasing after the latest designer items. You will be throwing away your money on depreciating assets such as vehicles which will only keep you in debt for as long as you have payments.
Investing is a wealth building tool that allows you to start off with a minimum amount such as $100 that can grow exponentially overtime using the power of compounding interest.
You can start investing in Mutual Funds as well as ROTH IRA and IRA’s.
For more information on Investing, you can check out Investopedia. They have a wealth of information for beginners who want to learn how to invest, but do not know where to begin.
6. Create a Budget.
Are you tracking your expenses? Can you account for where each dollar goes every month? If not, then you need to be on a written budget.
By creating a budget, it allows you to track all your expenses so you will have a pretty good idea of where your money goes each month.
This can help greatly if you have debt that you need to get rid of. It will show you areas where you can squeeze money from to put towards tackling your debt or increase savings if needed.
I hope this article gave you some great insight on some financial goals you can have for 2019. By following some of these pointers, you can be well on your way to improving your financial situation in as little as a few months.
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Happy 2019! From my family to yours!