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Cheating on Your Financial Diet

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If you’ve ever been on a diet, especially one of those fad diets, you know all about cheat days.  These are the days where you deviate from your regular diet and eat pretty much whatever you want.  If you are really disciplined, you can have these moments where your choices aren’t the healthiest and then immediately revert to your plan.  Unfortunately this isn’t always the case and weeks or months of hard work can be erased.  It can happen fairly quickly with a weekend of going to town on junk food.  The same goes for a budget, which can be a sort of financial diet.  Just like a diet, there is a potential to cheat on it.

 

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Setting Goals

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Setting GoalsSetting Goals

We aren’t big on resolutions. We have goals but they usually start on a Tuesday of some random week with no real connection to “new year, new you.” For the last couple of years I have been feeling a little lost on what I want to accomplish. I use to be a person who was able to save money regardless of the reason. Now it feels very odd to save money with no real purpose or goal. Sure, we are trying to pay down our mortgage and are saving for retirement but that is just so far off in the future. Nothing in the short term to work towards has downgraded our motivation.

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Why SMART Goals Aren’t Smart Enough

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SMART GoalsAre SMART Goals Holding You Back?

Have you ever heard of SMART goals?  I’m not the hugest fan of SMART goals.  I don’t feel like they do enough to challenge you and many people fall back on them as an acceptable way of measuring your goals.   There are different variations of what SMART stands for but basically it goes like this with some variation depending on the source.

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