Turn your money goal into a money plan
It’s been said that a goal without a plan is just a wish and your dreams are certainly too important to wish away.
So you’ve got your money goal/s, and you’re feeling pumped to achieve them!
The next step? Create a simple money plan.
Why is this step important? Well, because breaking down how much money you’ll need to contribute towards your goals each month is key to being able to hold yourself to account and also to ensure that you stay on track with your saving and/or investing as you work towards your goals over the long term.
So here’s the simple way to break a goal into an actionable plan:
Grab a pen and paper or use the Money Plan in this Workbook (just make your own copy and you’ll be able to edit it) and list all the goals you’re working towards. Think about these three categories: emergency savings, short-term savings and long-term savings, and get really specific about what amounts you want to reach.
Write down your goal timeframe, i.e. when you want to have the money by.
Determine how much you already have saved or invested towards this goal.
Work out the total amount you will need to save/invest (the number in Step One minus the number in Step Three).
Work out how much you will need to regularly contribute (i.e weekly/monthly) by dividing the total amount of money you need in Step Four by the number of weeks/months that you have remaining before your goal deadline. If your goal horizon is many years away, then you may also want your calculation to factor in where you are saving and/or investing your money as you work towards your goals.
For example, if you are investing some of your money, you may be able to factor in expected returns on your investment. There are a couple of ways you can do this step. You can use an app, you can use an excel sheet, or you can check out the MoneySmart Savings Goal Calculator here.
And there you have it. Now you’ve gone from a goal to understanding the weekly or monthly saving and/or investing habits that you need to create.
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