Five Steps to Getting Your Savings Back on Track

Statera Financial Planners |

Are you on top of your financial resolutions? If not, it's time to get them back on track so you can head into 2025 stronger than ever! As we approach the year's halfway point, it's the perfect time to check in on your financial resolutions. If you're feeling unsatisfied with your progress, just know that Statera Financial Planners is here to help, but here are 5 quick steps you can take to refresh and revive your financial resolutions:


1. Focus on what's working and do more of it. If you've been regularly adding to your savings or paying off debts, improved your credit score, congrats! Celebrate your success and challenge yourself to increase your contributions slightly.


2. Assess what isn't working and why. Make sure your goal is clear, achievable, and aligned with your values and actions. Strive for progress, not perfection. Huge changes that aren't sustainable cause us to default back to old patterns. Reaching a goal is about making small, incremental changes. The process may take longer, but the results will last longer, too. Growth happens with consistent behaviour.


3. Course correct. Whether your goal is to save money or pay debt, if it's not happening fast enough—or at all—you have three options: Increase your income (think contract or part-time work, or odd jobs); reduce your expenses (cancel your cable subscription, make your own coffee, eat out less often); or both. Put the extra money toward your goal and relish the results.


4. Set up visual reminders. Saving for a big purchase? Put a photo of it on a vision board or set it as your smartphone's home screen. Track your progress and remind yourself of the motivation behind the sacrifice. Keeping your goals top of mind will make you less likely to stray.


5. Seek extra help. If you feel like you're lost in the forest and can't make much progress, consider your options: Connect with Statera Financial Planners, a nonprofit credit-counselling agency for free, unbiased information and advice, or educate yourself through books, blogs and podcasts. As they say, knowledge is power, and it's a big step toward understanding and achieving financial goals.