Prioritize Your Goals, Financially

A new year often marks a time of starting over, renewal, and setting big goals. But when it comes to making progress, or even starting the journey, we often find we aren’t meeting our original expectations of ourselves. If you’re stuck in a rut or are still planning your resolutions for the year, try these ideas to steer yourself to a successful year ahead.

  • Organize your budget

    Planning out your year with a budget can prepare you for what’s to come. Making a budget often helps to set spending limits, pay down debts, reduce costs, and encourage us to live more within our means – especially if you’re struggling to find a balance between necessities, wants, and savings. Try this free online budgeting tool from the Government of Canada to help you see where your money is going and organize your finances.

  • Address problems early

    Life gets hectic. If you find yourself losing control of your financial well-being, take a step back and assess what the most important things are to take care of. Do you find yourself missing bill payments? Take steps to schedule reminders or make automatic payments. Have you created a rainy-day fund for yourself or your family, should you face the unexpected? Making small adjustments today can make tomorrow’s, next month’s, or next year’s problems easier to tackle.

  • Progress on your goals

    These measurements are essential when looking at the progress of your goals:

    • What you have
    • What you owe
    • What you make
    • What you spend

    Comparing these four numbers is a great way to know how your goals are developing. Do you need to make cuts to your spending? Look at your budget planner and see where you can adapt. Is what you earn enough to cover what you owe? Potentially lowering the amount that goes into savings could be beneficial to your long-term goals. Being flexible and adjusting when needed can only positively impact your financial health.

Remember, you are in control of your finances! It’s never too early, or too late, to start planning for the future.

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