Long before 2016 ended I was already mentally setting financial goals for 2017. Usually I make New Year’s Resolutions but after paying off $18k of student loan debt in 2016, I’ve changed my game. The whole process taught me to look at every dollar coming in and make a plan for it.
I’m not going to share with you where every single dollar of ours is going. However, I will share our general, overall financial goals for this year.
In January of 2016 I decided we finally needed to get a handle on our finances and work on paying off debt. Even though we could pay the bills, we had no clue how much money we made versus how much we spent each month. Our budgeting used to involve educated guessing on my part: we’d pay bills based on who was getting paid next and we had a weird system of putting money in the joint account to make bill pay possible. It sounds bad, doesn’t it? Because it was.