I am not typically into resolutions, but I think that financial ones could be helpful in focusing me and so I will try them this year. Last year at this time, I did not have this blog or the goals the blog has led me to pursuing. I was ignoring my money and figuring that student debt would constrain my choices for life. That’s unpleasant to consider.
In April of 2016 I began this blog, and I was in debt to the tune of -$151,728. Focusing on my money had my debt diminish to -$146,049 by year end. That’s an increase of 3.74%. I had hoped to do better than that, but was not anticipating so many medical expenses. Explicit goals are said to be helpful. Let’s give it a go.
2017 Achievable Financial Goals for ZJ Thorne
- Pay myself from my business at least a nominal amount every month. If I get one client a month to cash-flow properly, I could pay myself $500/m before taxes.
- Finish contributing to my 2016 IRA ($1340 to go)
- Increase my Emergency Fund to $1000. ($691 to go)
- Pay off Credit Cards ($5785).
- Fully fund 2017 IRA ($5500 to go)
This is $13,316. That is $256.07 a week or $1109 a month for all of these goals. I have until April 15 to finish contributing to my 2016 IRA. It and the emergency fund will be my first priority. Then I will shift to paying down my credit card. The 0% balance transfer ends in July. If I cease spending on my credit cards and pay them off in 6 months, that would be $964.17 monthly. Perhaps this is attainable. If July through December is dedicated to funding my 2017 IRA, that is $916.67 a month in contributions.
My current gig is scheduled to last until mid-February, and we are supposed to continue with unlimited overtime until then. It is possible they will extend beyond February. We won’t know for some time. Our industry shifts rapidly. It is not uncommon to be told at 2 pm that your gig ends that day. Staying gainfully employed is helpful to achieving these goals.
The big goals are even grander and dependent upon finding a gig utilizing the skill I’ve been mastering. If I do that, I can double my pay for some gigs. If I do that, my goals can become enormous depending on how long a gig at that rate could last. These goals are too big for one year, but they are in my mind. Luring me.
2017 Stretch Goals for ZJ Thorne
- Get my Emergency Fund up to $5000-$10000 ($4691-$9691 to go).
- Save up a down-payment of $15000-$30000 ($14981-$29981 to go).
- Spend $5000 on my brokerage account.
- Pay off the smaller student loan in a fell-swoop $45000.
What are your goals for 2017?