In this day and age, goal setting and self improvement has increased in popularity and in importance. Also money is as crucial as ever, so sometimes it can be a great idea to set financial goals to drive towards and aim for. What follows are 10 suggestions for you to add to your goal list based on your finances, and we suggest you aim to reach to these before you hit that dreaded thirty year milestone.
Clear Your Debt
First of all, try and clear all your outstanding debts in your twenties. Student loans, bank loans, credit card debt, although this first one is ambitious, you’d be so grateful once these are gone as early as possible.
Create A Budget
As you get older, having a monthly budget plan in place becomes more and more important. Sort out your outgoings, incomings, and save some extra every month to have some fun. You don’t want to get rid of all the fun of life, either. You’d be amazed how much you save throughout the year once you have a budget in mind and on paper.
Stop Buying What You Don’t Need
Whenever you feel the need to buy something on impulse, ask yourself if you really need the item in question. A good practice is to wait 20-30 days. If you still want the item after this time has passed, then go ahead. This trick can drastically decrease your outgoings, and stop you buying those impulse items that you don’t need!
Set Career Milestones
We all want a raise and a promotion, but without goals and milestones it is only a pipe dream. Having clear written goals to work towards is a proven method to improve your chances of reaching them, and deadlines are even better for igniting that motivation.
Choose One Luxury To Give Up
We all have multiple luxuries that we regularly buy and indulge in. Although we all need some fun and luxuries to save life from being monotonous and boring, track your spendings over the month and see if there is one luxury that you could potentially give up to free up some cash. Maybe it’s that coffee you buy on the way to work every morning.
Always Pay On Time
As humans we all have a habit of putting things off, especially paying bills and debts. But getting into a habit of paying them on time gives you a much clearer view of your current finances, as well as save your credit rating.
Purchase Your First Home
Buying a house is expensive business, but if you could save using the methods and habits mentioned here and buy your first home before you are thirty, then it is a great financial weight off your mind. Consider making sacrifices to accomplish this.
Plan Ahead And Save
No one knows what could happen in the future, so it is good practice before you’re thirty to have emergency savings ready in case the worst case scenario will happen. Try to constantly have 6-12 months worth of savings put away for an emergency, you won’t regret it.
Make Wise Investments
Investing can be a great use of assets and time, but make sure that you invest wisely if you do. Ask for advice from experts who know what they’re doing, and learn from them for the future.
Although it might seem ambitious and unnecessary starting to save for your retirement before you are 30, you’d be amazed how much difference it will make if you start saving small amounts right now. It doesn’t have to be huge, you decide based on your income and situation.