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Win With Your Money In 2012 – 5

Welcome to the latest series here at JosephSangl.com – “Win With your Money In 2012″

It is our passion to help people accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances.

If you apply what is taught during this series, you WILL be able to win with your money in 2012.  Happy New Year!

Part 5 Make Your Goals AUTOMATIC

Despite our best efforts, we can fail to achieve the goals that we have established.  One key way that we can ensure that our financial goal is achieved is to make each one AUTOMATIC.

  • Want to give away $4,000 this year to your church?  Set up on-line giving to make it automatic!  $333.33 each month will ensure the goal is achieved.
  • Saving $2,000 for your emergency fund in 2012?  Establish an automated transfer of $166.66 each month from your regular bank account into a savings account and the goal will be accomplished in December!
  • Want to max out your Roth IRA this year?  Set up an automated transfer of $416.66 each month into your Roth IRA and you will achieve $5,000 by year’s end (or save $500/month if you are over age 50 and are catching up with $6,000/year)!
  • Want to pay cash for a $1,500 vacation in July?  Set up an automated savings account to save $250/month and you will be able to do so!

Trust me – it is usually NOT EASY to force yourself to set up these giving, saving, and investing goals to be automatic because:

  1. We KNOW that once it is set up to happen automatically – it IS going to happen, and
  2. We KNOW that it is going to make the monthly budget tighter

But it is so worth it!  Yes, it will be tough for the first few months, but I have found that our family adjusts within a couple of months.  After that, we don’t even notice anymore until …

  • vacation time rolls around and the money is there to pay cash!
  • you receive your giving statement and find out just how much you were able to give away!
  • you recognize that you are actually moving toward your retirement savings goals!

THAT is when you will say, “I’m truly winning with my money in 2012!”  GET FIRED UP!

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Win With Your Money In 2012 – 4

Welcome to the latest series here at JosephSangl.com – “Win With your Money In 2012″

It is our passion to help people accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances.

If you apply what is taught during this series, you WILL be able to win with your money in 2012.  Happy New Year!

Part 4 Identify Savings Opportunities

Saved money is better than a pay raise!  Think about it, you will bring home after taxes about $0.70 for every $1.00 that you earn.  So if you received a $1,000 pay raise, you really get to bring home about $700.

If you save $1.00, however, you actually have an entire extra $1.00 to spend!  If you save $1,000, you actually have an extra $1,000 because it is take-home money that has already been taxed!

How could YOU save $1,000 in 2012?  Well, you could start by watching our FREE webinar (on-demand) HERE.

Here is a short list of other key areas where you can save TONS of money in 2012:

  • Home and Auto Insurance  The average person who has not gotten new quotes in the last two years will save between $500 and $700 per year!  I really like THIS WEBSITE for obtaining on-line quotes.
  • o% Balance Transfer Credit Cards  Transfer that credit card balance that has high interest rates and surf the balance to a 0-percent balance transfer credit card and have all of your payment be applied to principal.  Check out the ON-LINE OFFERS.
  • Grocery Coupons  Save between 20 and 30-percent on your grocery purchases by timing the use of coupons with the best sales.  THESE WEBSITES are great and FREE providers of coupon lists for your favorite grocery stores.

What are some ways that YOU are planning to save money in 2012?

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Win With Your Money In 2012 – 3

Welcome to the latest series here at JosephSangl.com – “Win With your Money In 2012″

It is our passion to help people accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances.

If you apply what is taught during this series, you WILL be able to win with your money in 2012.  Happy New Year!

Part 3 Identify Additional Earnings Opportunities

Now that you have written down your 2012 Financial Goals and have defined specific actions that you will take to achieve each one, let’s focus on the top line for a moment – your income.

Where will you earn money? Will all of it come from your job or will you have multiple streams of income?

You might be amazed at the different ways YOU could earn income in 2012!  Here are some more common ways that I see people earn additional income that can sort of get lost during the year.

  • Tax Refund
  • Buy and Sell through Ebay, Amazon, live auctions, or through consignment
  • A small business
  • Overtime
  • Second job
  • Achieve a new certification level or additional education that results in a pay raise
  • Ask for a pay raise

What are some ways that you could produce more revenue this year – revenue that could help you fund your 2012 Financial Goals?

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Win With Your Money In 2012 – 2

Welcome to the latest series here at JosephSangl.com – “Win With your Money In 2012″

It is our passion to help people accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances.

If you apply what is taught during this series, you WILL be able to win with your money in 2012.  Happy New Year!

Part 2  Establish A Plan To Reach Your Written Financial Goals

In Part 1, you were encouraged to write down your 2012 Financial Goals.  If you have not written down your goals, the rest of this series will not be very helpful to you!

Once you have established your written 2012 Financial Goals, it is time to establish a plan to reach each one of them.

For example, let’s say a “Savings Goal” of “Have $2,000 in my emergency fund by the end of 2012.” has been written down.  There are two ways we can address this goal:

  1. Develop a plan to achieve the goal
  2. Hope and pray we achieve the goal

Having hope and praying for the goal can be very helpful, but without a plan, it is much less likely to happen!

One way to achieve the goal would be to “Save $166/month into my emergency fund.”  That would total up to $2,000 by the end of 2012.

Another way to accomplish this goal would be to “Put $2,000 of my tax refund into an emergency fund.”

As these goals are developed, prepare a written spending plan (budget) for the year to help you clearly understand reality.

I recommend that you produce an ANNUAL PLAN and a MONTH-BY-MONTH ANNUAL PLAN that shows how each goal will be funded.  You can use our BRAND NEW & FREE BUDGET TOOLS to prepare your plan!

TOOL: Annual Budget – Month By Month and TOOL: Annual Budget

Take the necessary time TODAY to develop a plan to achieve each financial goal you have established for 2012.

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Win With Your Money In 2012 – 1

Welcome to the latest series here at JosephSangl.com – “Win With your Money In 2012″

It is our passion to help people accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances.

If you apply what is taught during this series, you WILL be able to win with your money in 2012.  Happy New Year!

Part 1  Establish Written Financial Goals

Take some time TODAY to write down your financial goals for this year.  Seriously, have YOU ever written down your financial goals?  I know that I had NEVER written my financial goals down before 2002 – when I had my IHHE Moment (I Have Had Enough Moment).  Since that time, I have had my goals written down.  Guess what?  I had made positive progress ever since!

I believe the same will happen for you.  There is something incredibly powerful about writing down financial goals.  It requires you to think and plan about the year ahead.  It will also help you clearly understand that it will take work and intentional effort to achieve each goal.

There are several types of financial goals for you to think about establishing:

  • Earnings Goals
    • How much do you want to earn this year?
    • Where will you earn the money?
  • Giving Goals
    • How much money do you want to give away this year?
    • To what organizations and individuals will you give this money?
  • Savings Goals
    • How much money do you want to have in your Emergency Fund by the end of 2012?
    • How much money do you need to save for Known Upcoming Non-Monthly Expenses?
    • How much money do you want to have saved for your Dreams?
  • Investing Goals
    • How much money do you want to invest in 2012?
    • Where and how will this money be invested?
  • Debt Elimination Goals
    • How much debt do you want to eliminate in 2012?
    • Which debts will you focus on?

I CHALLENGE YOU to write down your goals TODAY!

To help make this even easier for you, we are pleased to offer our “My 2012 Financial Goals” worksheet to you FREE – DOWNLOAD IT HERE ==> My Yearly Financial Goals.

Would you mind sharing any of your goals with us in the comments?

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