What financial goals should you set

January 24, 2018
It is quite common to hear advice about “setting financial goals.” While many experts will offer insight about achieving these goals (saving money, buying a house, getting out of debt, etc.), they will ignore a far more important step: setting realistic goals that can actually help you in both the short term and the long term.
What financial goals should you set

The exact financial goals will change from person to person depending on their needs, income and debts. The following goals can be universally helpful or they can be tailored to fit your situation.  

Make a budget for your necessities

Perhaps your income changes from month to month, or maybe your salary makes it easy to cover basic expenses without budgeting. Even so, you can create a minimum budget. This will help you make certain that you are covering all your expenses, and it will remind you to save money so that you can build wealth and have funds available in case of an emergency. 

Live below your means

A similar goal could be to make certain that you always have money left at the end of the month regardless of your income. This will help you do two things. First, you will always be protected from debt and, second, you will always have some money to save or invest at the end of the month. 

Create a plan for emergencies

One of the more important things that you can do is to plan for an unexpected emergency. There are several ways to do this. You could start an emergency savings fund that you can withdraw from when the need arises. You could apply for a credit card or a line of credit so that you have a way to borrow money quickly if needed. Another option is to research online personal loans. These loans are sometimes preferable to credit cards because you do not have to apply for them beforehand. The approval process is quick and the money is often available within one day. This means that you can get the funds you need to pay for your emergency without having to worry about it beforehand. 

Make a plan for paying off your debts

If you have already started on the “live below your means” goal, then you should have extra income to pay off credit cards and large personal loans. You can put some of your money towards paying off your cards. If you have to borrow money before your debts are completely paid off, only borrow what you need. Online personal loans are ideal for this, because online lenders will often let you borrow a smaller amount. For example, if you only need $300, you will only have to borrow $300. Because of the smaller amounts, you will be able to pay off this loan relatively easily. 

Enjoy yourself

Too often, people focused on personal finances forget this. When you create a budget, you should set a little bit of money aside so that you can enjoy yourself. This could mean different things to different people: a trip to the movies every month, dinner in a restaurant, a video streaming service, etc.