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Have you started thinking about what you want to achieve financially this year? Take the start of the year to commit to enhancing your finances drastically. No matter what stage you’re in, here are 10 personal finance goals to consider.

  1. Spend Less

The fastest way to reach financial freedom is to spend less than what you earn. You should take a look at your budget and compare it to what you actually spend in a month. The more spending you can eliminate, the faster you can pay off debt or build savings.

  1. Educate Yourself About Money

One of the best things you can do for yourself financially is to educate yourself about money. We all know the basics of finances, debt is bad, credit cards can be either very useful or very dangerous, and you need to save for the future. However, taking the time to educate yourself will help you to make the best financial decisions for you and your family.

You may read some of the hundreds of personal finance blogs or articles out there and read some of these personal finance books to get you started.

  1. Improve Your Credit Score

A credit score is important for a variety of reasons. If you ever need a mortgage loan or car loan, they will check your credit score. Because people want to know that you can actually pay them for what you owe.

The better your credit score, the better rates you will get loan from lenders. So it is important to have a high score.

  1. Plan to Avoid Future Debt

If you are already debt-free, how can you stay like that?

Look ahead to the future. What will you be needing to save for? Will you need a new car in a few years? Or a house?

Make a plan to figure out how you will be able to afford things in the future. But remember that, taking on debt is not an option!

  1. Make More Money

Think about how you could make extra money to supplement your income. Could you ask for a raise at work? Find a higher paying job? Or start a side hustle, like freelance writing, or something else?

Any extra income you make will boost your financial goals. Make it a goal to earn more money this year and see how much extra you can make!

  1. Build Your Retirement Account

Everyone is at a different stage of saving for retirement. Some of us are trying to balance saving for retirement with paying off debt. While others of us have been saving heavily for retirement for a while.

Take time to really evaluate your retirement account. Compare where you are currently to where you want to be. Obligate to throwing any extra money you make this year into your retirement savings.

  1. Review Your Insurance

Is your insurance still the best fit for you and your family’s needs?

Insurance is something we can easily forget until we need it. Most people see the cost of insurance and simply go with the cheapest option, which is probably not enough to cover them if something bad happen.

Therefore, you need to evaluate your needs. If you are trying to spend less on insurance, do you have a plan of how to pay for a tragedy?

Insurance is not cheap, but it is worth the peace of mind it provides. Look around for the best options and prices for your family.

  1. Start a No-Spend Challenge

A no-spend challenge is just what is sounds like. You avoid spending any money you don’t have to. This indicates no extra clothes, no social events or eating out.

This is challenging but very effective. You will realize how little money you actually need to get by.

  1. Perfect Your Professional Skills

By improving your professional skills, you are not just improving your work, but you are improving your finances.

Continue to develop the technical and personal skills you need at work. Because the harder you work, the more potential you have to earn more money. And not only that, but many of these skills translate into your personal life.

For instance, if you work at your organizational skills in your work life, that can enhance your personal finances.

  1. Set Your Long-Term Goals

There are so many financial goals that we want to achieve now. But what are your long-term financial goals? Every financial decision you make will impact your financial future, so it’s important to know what your long-term goals are.

You might want to retire before the age of 50. You might want to start a big family. Or you might want to travel around the world. Your long-term financial goals should be big enough to keep you motivated on your financial journey.

This article was first published on MoneyCompass.


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