Figuring out how to reach your financial goals takes a lot of planning. This thought may be daunting, but thinking about your goals in the same way you would map out a road trip can make planning easier. Now it sounds a little more fun (Florida? The East Coast?) and you can visualize your financial goals with a clear start and destination. Use these tips to ensure a smooth journey for each of your goals, and get on the right road to reaching them.
Set yourself up for financial success in 2017 with this exercise.
- Define your financial goals or check your progress on existing goals. What are you saving towards and what are your timelines?
- Find out how much you need to save each year to reach those goals. If you need help, work with an advisor and don't hesitate to ask them the right questions.
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