Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 Financial Goals: Update


It's been a long time since I've done one of these but I'm back! I have had a lot of changes to my finances, mainly I'm in the process of buying my first home!  From a purely financial standpoint this may not have been the best decision, however the home is in an ideal neighborhood, I LOVE the house and can see myself (and my fiance and future family) there for a long time, so I'm comfortable with my choice.



Save $4000 by January 2013 I've added about $2200 to my savings this year and so far I haven't touched any of the money that has been added to my savings account since I opened it.  I'm scheduled to close on the house in about 2 weeks and unfortunately I will have to pull out about $1500 for closing.

Maintain a buffer of $100 in my monthly budget. From March to May I maintained about a $400 buffer each month.  In June I went on a vacation and had some minor expenses relating to the house (ex paying for a home inspection) so this buffer was only $49.  I did put down a $1000 deposit to secure the venue for my wedding next year, but I didn't include this in my monthly budget because I have been saving cash and gifts from family members in an envelope labeled Wedding Fund (old school, I know).

Maintain $0 credit card debt.
I used my credit card for my regular monthly expenses (grocery, gas, etc.) and pay the balance in full by the end of the month.  So far this year I've gotten a $50 Gift Card using my credit card reward points and by next month I should have enough points for another $25 card!

Open a Roth IRA
Haven't done this yet. 

9 comments:

  1. Congrats on buying your new home!

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited but nervous at the same time!

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  2. I'm new to your blog but I hope that you continue to update this one often. I love the idea you have behind this and I always love learning new ways of increasing my net worth, saving money, investing, etc.

    Sincerely Daja

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  3. great post! i think I really need to have my own financial plans goals too! :o

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  5. love is something that makes me fulfill my destiny as a human being, to marry is the greatest hope that I hung far above the sky where I say a prayer to the Lord. thanks for the article interesting. continued success yes for CERT

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  6. You rock! As does this blog! Congrats on your first buy!

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  7. Setting financial goals are always a good thing.

    xox
    Mally

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