20 Day Budget Challenge:  Day #3 Let Your Goals Drive Your Budget

20 Day Budget Challenge: Day #3 Let Your Goals Drive Your Budget

 

Join us for Day #3 of the 20 Day Budget Challenge!

Today we are going to hone in on that a little bit more and instead of just looking at our current spending habits, create some long term goals we would like to achieve with our finances.

Aside from our basic month to month expenses – there are other financial long term goals to consider.  Do you have consumer debt that needs to be paid off?  Do you have a plan for retirement savings?  Do you have a college fund you want to contribute to for your kids?  Do you want to save money for an annual vacation?  For home owners, do you want to tackle paying off your mortgage early – even if you are just paying an additional $25 per month?  Do you have a home improvement project that you want to allocate money for?  Is there anything you can do that will help you pay less taxes? These are all items to consider and if any of these that apply to you are not in your budget, be sure to add them in there today!

One tip I want to emphasize is thinking about how many years you think you have until you replace your next car.  My dad always taught me that you will always have a car payment for the rest of your life.  BUT, you choose who you pay.  Do you pay yourself in the form of a car savings account (where you can the earn interest) or do you pay the bank for a car loan (and fork out thousands extra in interest.)  If you are diligent to pay yourself, then you can save up and pay for cash on a car – which could even mean a better deal at the dealership if they know you can pay it all up front!

Discuss these short long term goals with your financial partner, and then go ahead and make any changes you need to your original budget.

What long terms goals are you working toward and saving for?  Come and tell us about it in our Facebook Group!

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