Set Financial Goals For Next Year

As we move closer and closer to a new year, I’m sure many of you are considering the goals you want to accomplish in 2019. I know I am! As you think about your goals, I would encourage you to also set financial goals that you can aim to achieve next year. You should consider setting financial goals for the following categories:

Earnings/Income Goal: Set a goal for how much money you want to earn this next year. The more valuable you can be in your career, the more money you can bring home to your family.

Giving Goal: How generous do you want to be this upcoming year? Do you want to give more to your church or have different charities you would like to support? Set a goal for how much money you want to be able to give away next year so you can be intentionally generous.

Saving Goal: How much money do you want to put aside in savings? Do you want to have a fully funded emergency savings? Do you need to start saving for a new vehicle? You could even get ahead of the game and start saving for Christmas next year in January! How awesome would it be to have a full Christmas fund by September of 2019? You should set a savings goal to get ahead of expenses that will pop up.

Investing Goal: Do you want to increase the amount that you contribute to your retirement fund? We have never heard anyone say “I have saved too much for retirement”. Decide how much money you want to start putting away in investment accounts for the future.

Debt Elimination Goal: Are there any debts that you want to see leave your life for good? Is there a medical bill you need to pay off? Are you ready to break up with Sallie Mae? I remember when debts left my life and it was a great feeling. Make sure you have set a goal for how much debt you want to be rid of by the end of 2019 and never look back!

Once you have decided on the goals you want to accomplish, write them down! When you physically write something down you are way more likely to actually do it! How awesome would it be if you could end 2019 being more generous with more income, more money in the bank, more of your money working for you AND less debt? Think about your goals, write them down, then make it happen.

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MMT PODCAST: Getting Prepared for 2019

We hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas season and is well on their way to having a debt-free Christmas! On today’s episode of the Monday Money Tip Podcast, Joe and Megan are sharing what you should be doing in order to make 2019 your best financial year yet. Joe will explain the importance of goal setting and which categories you should focus on this upcoming year. You will also hear a success story from a woman who is experiencing her first-ever debt free Christmas in 16 years.

It’s our goal at the end of each episode that you gain hope and encouragement in your financial journey, you’re equipped to take a next step, and that you’ve had FUN with us!

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  • Joe shares what you can do in order to make 2019 your best year financially.
  • Megan and Joe discuss the importance of setting goals in 5 different categories for the new year.
  • Hear a success story from a woman who is experiencing her first-ever debt-free Christmas.

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Yearly Financial Goals

With each passing day, we are getting closer and closer to a new year. A new year brings new goals and resolutions. As you think about the goals you would like to achieve in 2019, I would encourage you to set financial goals as well.

As you think about the financial goals you want to achieve in 2019, you can use our Yearly Financial Goals template to help you plan. All you need to do in order to use this template is print! After printing, simply write down your financial goals for 2019. Then, you can categorize them using the key at the bottom of the document (Earnings, Giving, Saving, Investing, Debt Elimination). The last column of the template allows you to choose a date by which you want to accomplish your goal.

Make sure you take some time this December to plan out your goals for 2019. Once you know what you want to accomplish, write it down! You are way more likely to complete something if you have it in writing. Hang this template up on your fridge so you can see it and you can also see if you’re making progress towards your financial goals.

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How To Have A Debt Free Christmas

What if I told you that you don’t have to go into debt Christmas shopping this year? That you can buy your gifts IN CASH and can avoid those dreaded credit card bills in January? Can you guess how you accomplish this? That’s right, a budget.

Christmas is a known, upcoming, non-monthly expense. That means that we know that Christmas comes on the same day every, single year and we should plan for it accordingly! In the Sangl household, we do this by saving a little bit for Christmas each month.

First, we decide how much we want to spend on Christmas altogether. Then, we create a list of every person or organization that we’re planning on buying a gift for and decide how much we plan to spend on each person. All that’s left to do is make that budget equal EXACTLY ZERO. Once you have your plan put together, you can do your Christmas shopping guilt-free!  

You can download a copy of one of our FREE BUDGET TOOLS HERE.

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For more information on how to create a Christmas Mini-Budget, check out this related blog post.

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During this time of the year, most people are focused on buying gifts for other people and that is awesome! You should be generous! But, don’t forget about taking care of yourself as well. If you take advantage of this offer, you will be armed and ready to take on the new year and make 2019 your best financial year yet!

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