Monday, 15 December 2008

How Did I Go with My 2008 Financial Goals?

It’s getting to that time of year, when I look back and see how I went with the goals I set myself this time last year.

4 of my 7 Credit Card balances paid off in full

Not quite done, but I do now only have 3 cards to pay off, not 7.

Half marks? +0.5

Personal Loan under $20,000

Done and by a fair amount, as of today the balance is $18,135 (interest for the month still to hit this before January 1st though).

A full mark is warranted here +1

Emergency Fund funded to $1,000

Done and doubled actually, I've got $2000 in my starter emergency fund. I've also set up travel, goals & car funds.

Another full mark +1

Retirement Savings at 3% personal contributions (on top of the 9% Superannuation guarantee)

Done, and just quietly could I have picked a worse year to do this? *lol*

Or maybe it was a good year as I’m getting extra units at bargain prices? I've contributed over $10K to my retirement account this year and the total balance went down $50K – Ouch!

+1 as I didn't stop contributing even though the share prices tanked. I learnt my personal risk profile is exactly as I thought it was which was surprising.

Total outstanding debt under $35,000

Move along, nothing to see here *whistles while looking away from you all*

No marks a big fat 0.

So all up I've given myself 3.5 out of 5 or 70%, which I’m pretty happy with.

Progress not perfection is the name of the game.

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  1. Progress not perfection...I like it :)

    You did good!

  2. There are a lot of ways that a personal loan could help. IT's good to know that this option is available.

  3. Good for you! 70% is great progress!

  4. wow - that is great news!!
    Well done : )

  5. Thanks guys, I'm preparing my 2009 goals at the moment, they may be a bit controversial for some but I'm happy with them for me and my own situation.

  6. thats great progress! now you have me curious about your 2009 goals...

  7. I read your comment about 2009 goals - hey, your goals are just that, "yours." You set what you want - forget everyone else.

  8. If you shoot for the moon you will land amongst the stars! Well done on your progress!