Setting goals for the New Year is easy.
The challenge is actually accomplishing them. If your New Year’s resolution is to save money, it is important to set goals that are SMART, to make them more realistic. The SMART method tells users to set their goals to be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
With any goal, if you set the bar too high, it’s easy to give up. But if you write down your goals and share them with others, you’re more likely to succeed. A great way to spend the first few months of 2020 is setting attainable financial goals and working to stay on track with them throughout the year. To help you get started, we’ve collected a few of our favorite savings tips from staff around Elements. How will you use these to reach your financial goals?
When you get paid, send a portion of your paycheck to a savings account immediately via direct deposit.
48 Hour Rule
Before making any large or unusual purchases, wait two days to consider if it is necessary.
No Spend Weekend
Choose to do only free activities and eat food that you have already purchased for an entire weekend. Repeat this one weekend per month for the year.
REASSIGN BILL DUE DATES
Many companies will let you reassign the due dates of your bills in order to better align with when you are paid. Make paying your bills your first priority!
CARRY LARGE BILLS
When you have large bills, you’re less likely to buy things you don’t need. It is more difficult to break $50 or $100 bills than it is to spend small amounts of cash.
Plan ahead and commit to saving most of your tax refund in a dedicated account or emergency fund.
This information is provided for informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal, tax or financial advice. Consult with your tax, legal or financial adviser before taking any action.