Meet your formal plan for your financial life: The Budget. Just like losing weight and pursuing a career, your finances need a game plan. You can’t expect optimal financial success if you’re not aware of where your money is going. If you’re looking to take the guesswork out of your success, creating a budget for yourself is essential…
Your monthly savings goal is super important. You’ll arrive at this specific, quantitative goal after careful thought and consideration, and you’ll only change it on rare occasions. It's called your "magic number."
One-time windfalls represent special opportunities to accelerate your progress, and you should consider them carefully. Before deciding what to do with a windfall, impose a cooling-off period.
A pay raise is another special opportunity to accelerate your progress. Decide how to handle such an increase consciously and deliberately. Consider this strategy for building net worth: a little for now, the rest for the future.