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Budgeting 101

Setting Financial Goals

Setting financial goals is a key component of budgeting. Financial goals help you stay motivated and focused on the bigger picture. Without financial goals, it’s difficult to know what you’re working towards.

How to Set Financial Goals

When setting financial goals, it’s important to start by identifying what you want to achieve. This could be something like:

  • saving for a down payment on a house
  • paying off credit card debt
  • building an emergency fund

Once you’ve identified your goals, you should set a specific target amount and a timeline for achieving that goal. For example, if you want to save for a down payment on a house, you might set a goal of saving $20,000 in three years.

SMART Financial Goals

It’s important to make sure your financial goals are SMART:

  • Specific: Your goals should be clear and well-defined.
  • Measurable: You should be able to track your progress towards your goals.
  • Achievable: Your goals should be challenging but still realistic.
  • Relevant: Your goals should be aligned with your overall financial plan.
  • Time-bound: Your goals should have a specific deadline.

Setting financial goals can be challenging, but it’s important to stay focused and motivated. Remember to celebrate your progress along the way and adjust your goals as needed.

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