It’s a great feeling to start on your New Year’s resolutions and your money should have a place in those new goals! Here are some quick tips for setting money goals.
1. Look at your spending from 2022.
Where are your “trouble spots” or what do you spend a lot of money on that you don’t necessarily need? For me its restaurants! Figure out what you can do to cut back on those items. I decided on a meal service so I didn’t feel the need to eat out as much.
2. Look at your savings
How much did you save in 2022? Did you hit your savings goals? Here’s some savings vehicles that you might want to consider depending on your goals:
- Emergency cash account
- 529 for kids
3. Decide on your priorities for 2023
Maybe you want to get better at saving. Maybe you’re savings really well but you want to take the next step on your wealth building journey. Think about what’s next for you and your situation. Here’s a few common examples:
- Set up your Estate Plan (wills, trusts, etc)
- Tax optimization of assets (tax aware accounts or muni bonds)
- Big goal saving (new house, second home etc)
4. Come up with a Plan
A goal without a plan is a wish and a prayer! You need to have concrete steps to work towards your goals. That is if you want those goals to work for you. One of the best ways is to AUTOMATE. Make those transaction to savings accounts easy for yourself and set them up for the whole year.
And as always, talk to your Financial Advisor/Planner who can help you set up some goals and Plans!!
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