Setting your savings goals and budgeting to reach them

Once a proper budget and timeline is put into place, you can easily achieve any financial objective you set for yourself.

Now, more than ever, people are racing to take control over their finances. Setting a savings goal is the first step to achieving financial control. 


What is a savings goal?

A savings goal is a money goal you set with the purpose of acquiring a specific commodity or lifestyle once that goal is met. Savings goals are typically structured on a month-to-month timeline in order to keep you accountable when budgeting for long-term financial objectives. 


How do I set a savings goal? 

A savings goal is made up of two components; an amount of money and a timeline. The most crucial component to a savings goal is the amount of money you’re working towards. When setting a savings goal you must have a clear and defined amount of money needed to gain a specific item or lifestyle. This amount of money will allow you to determine how to structure your timeline for the saving process. When setting a savings goal, you must have a reasonable timeline. If your timeline is too short to realistically achieve your financial objectives, you will never reach them and end up feeling discouraged from ever setting another savings goal again. If your timeline is too long, you may not even care about what you were saving towards once that goal has been reached. It is important to continuously monitor where you stand in the savings process. Life is not always consistent. Some weeks are more expensive than other weeks and emergencies do happen. By knowing where you are and where you want to be in your saving process, you can more easily tweak your timeline and the amount of money you are setting aside week to week in order to reach your savings goals. 


How does budgeting come into play? 

Setting a savings goal requires you to look at your current finances and assess where you have enough wiggle room to pull out and set aside funds with the intention of building towards a specific savings goal. This action is called budgeting. Budgeting occurs once you’ve determined what percentage of your income can go towards a specific savings goal. By properly budgeting and allocating your funds, you can easily achieve the savings goals that you have set for yourself. 


Conclusion

While budgeting towards and setting a savings goal may seem intimidating, it’s a lot less scary than you may think. Once a proper budget and timeline is put into place, you can easily achieve any financial objective you set for yourself. It is important to create a realistic money goal and timeline when setting your savings intentions. 

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