Half Way Point: Budget check up

by. Amaia Kirtland

Every now and then, it’s important to take some time and evaluate your budget to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your financial planning. You might find that you’ll be able to save money in certain areas, or that you need to commit more money to specific items.  July, being the half way point of the year is a great time to evaluate the goals you set at the beginning of the year.  Remember, a budget isn’t something that you “set and forget.” Be sure to keep checking back and making sure it’s doing its job for your financial goals.

Here are a few questions to keep in mind when you evaluate your budget:

What are your goals?

Your financial goals are going to change over time. When you’re in your mid-20s like me, your biggest financial goal is likely to be paying off the remaining debt that you have for student loans or other types of debt. When you’re a little older, it could be saving for a house. Maybe you’re looking long term, and are trying to save for retirement. Whenever you take a look at your budget to evaluate it, you need to do it with your specific goals in mind.  Also make sure your goals are realistic.

Are you reaching those goals?

If you’re on a good path toward achieving those goals, then great! Chances are, you don’t need to make any big tweaks to your budget. But if not, then clearly something needs to change.

If you’re not reaching your goals, how can you improve?

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