Don’t give up! 3 ways to get you re-committed or started on your money goals

Now that we are at the halfway mark for the year, I thought it’d be a good idea to re-evaluate your money resolutions for 2010.


You fell off the wagon?!? (Haha who hasn’t?)

Never to fear!

This week, I am going to do 3 posts to re-motivate you to get back on track for your resolutions.

  1. Setting a goal that will resonate with you
  2. Building a budget, tracking your expenses & analyzing it
  3. Keeping yourself on track

Setting a goal that will resonate with you

If you can set a concrete resolution with numbers, figures and facts, you are more likely to succeed in it.

But how can you know how to set up a money goal?

Well, this is how you come up with a target savings goal, and how to go about saving for it.

Let’s say your goal is to take a 2-week trip to Paris this summer.

It has been your DREAM for this year, and you want to truly make it happen, Carrie-style.

Right now, you may be feeling like there are too many extra expenses that seem to be popping up here and there, like having overspent on Christmas 2009, or you just can’t seem to say no to a girl’s night out each week.

1. Make a Vision Board so the goal becomes an actuality

Make a vision board, or a collage of photos of all the places you want to visit. You can pick up travel brochures from your travel agency, or just simply Google images online and print them out in colour.

Collage one side of the board with your Europe goals, and leave the second half of the board blank.

By Miss Dior Couture. Click on the image to go to her site.

2. Figure out the cost of the trip from start to finish

Grab a piece of paper, and set your ideal traveling dates.

Then using those dates, research online and tally up the costs: Airplane fare, Metro pass, Hotels or Hostels, Food costs, Attractions you want to visit, and Extra spending money.

Once you have all the rough figures down (we all know prices can change during the year), list it out by line item on the blank side of your Vision Board.

I made this one on the fly 😉

3. Save.

With the final number that you need to have a great 2-week trip, figure out how much you will need to save from now until then.

If it is going to cost $3000, and you have 6 months to save, then:

$3000 divided by 6 months = $500 a month, at least.

4. Now to save the money

Start the fund and call it a Paris Fund.

$500 is no chump change to save each month, believe me.

You will have to make some drastic cuts in your spending habits, or start earning more money.

But it is achievable. If you spend $100 a weekend going out with the girls, in a month, that is already $400 saved each month.

Or if you go shopping when you feel tired or upset, and end up spending $50 each time, that’s another $50 you could put towards your Paris Fund.

5. Think outside the box

Maybe a friend would like to go too. You could save on hotel costs if you split it 50/50.

You can also pick to go OFF season, like not during the summer or any of the busy times. Choose September, or October as those are the months where travel seems to dip down in cost.

Or perhaps you can pick up a second side job, or extra over time to make the cost.

If it is still too much money to save, then you need to re-evaluate your Paris Fund, and cut back.

Maybe you can stay in a hostel instead, and need to save less money each month.

Or decide that you will not spend as much money shopping as you’d like.

There are plenty of ways to get what you want, but you may have to compromise along the way to do it.

My Money Goal for 2010 in a Vision Board:

My Money Goal for 2010 was done in pictures, click here to check it out!

This post originally appeared as a guest post on The Chic Life.

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.