Sometimes we plan a few years in advance if the goal is a big one. For the last two years we've been saving for a new car for me. That's two years of saving with another three years to go. My car is working just fine but it is almost ten years old and won't last forever. When we get to our goal in three years time, if my car is still running trouble free, we'll just keep those savings locked away and start saving for Darren's new car. To achieve my ' new car ' goal, we've worked out how much we want to spend on a car, when we might need it, then divided it into a monthly savings goal.
Next year is our 25th wedding anniversary and we'd love to go to the Cook Islands with a short stop over in New Zealand on the way back. We've decided to go all out and stay in luxury accommodation when at the Cook Islands. This comes at a large cost so we've been saving for the last three years with another twelve months worth of saving to go before we reach our goal.
Home renovations and repairs are usually ongoing. Each year we work out what needs replacing and what is the most urgent. As we save, we do our research along the way to find the best deals / brands and to make sure we are saving enough money in the allotted time.
Family goals could include children's activities and sports. Your children might be involved in too many activities that it's harming the family budget or encroaching on quality family time. Re-evaluating what's important and if it's working should be done before the new season / term begins.
Maybe this year is the year to start your children in sports, clubs or a new hobby. Ask around, do your research and do the sums. There can be extra costs for costumes, competitions, travel, equipment, camps or extra training. Can your budget cope with this ?
Using the first couple of months of a new year to set your goals gives you a great chance of achieving them. Talking about doing this or that one day is not a plan, just a dream. Dreams are great, but making a plan to reach those dreams is far more satisfying.
Here are some of our previous goals -
|Any excuse to post another photo of my new kitchen 2016|
|Brisbane holiday 2018|
|Darren's car 2015 - from memory|
|New lounge suite was 2018's goal. Arrived last month|
Links to the other posts in this series -
What are your goals for this year and how will your achieve them ?
Getting Your Year Into Gear - The Family Budget
Getting Your Year Into Gear - The Gift Giving Budget