As the second instalment in my ‘Goals for my Twenties’ series, I’m going to put together a list of financial goals I would like to achieve. These mostly consist of various saving techniques and financial milestones I would like to reach in the next few years.
Some of the smaller financial goals I would like to achieve are:
- to own and insure my own car, potentially even a car which isn’t second-hand!
- land a job loosely in my chosen field (with a relatively good wage)
- save enough to pay for my Masters degree – I’m nearly there with this one
My larger, more complex financial goals for the next decade are as follows:
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Budget – firstly, I would like to put together a spreadsheet when I first start earning a steady wage. Since I’m still a full-time student, I have only ever had part-time employment. Once I am earning a decent amount, I’d like to create a proper budgeting tool which incorporates everything so I can keep track of my spending. Hopefully this will help me meet some of my savings goals.
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Credit Card – This is step I’m already in the process of completing. I applied for my first ever credit card about a month ago because I need to build up a credit score. Since I’ve always had debit cards, my credit score is non-existent. I’ll pay my phone bill out every month and obviously pay on time so when I come to apply for a mortgage I will be able to prove to the bank that I’m a reliable candidate.
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Help to Buy – speaking of mortgages, I’ve also enrolled in the Help to Buy scheme which is offered in the UK to help first-time buyers with their deposit for a house. The premise is that after you’ve saved up some money, the government will pay a bonus of £50 per £200 saved, up to a limit of £3000. So basically, you can save £12,000 and then the government will boost it to £15,000 and then hurrah you have a very decent house deposit! I’ve been paying in for about three months now, and hopefully I will continue saving even after the maximum contribution and will make inroads into buying my own property! If you’re interested, here is some more information about the scheme.
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Save enough to buy a property – this is a far-fetched dream but I really want to own a property without a mortgage before I’m 30. Yeaaaaah, I know, very unlikely in the current climate. But if I work my arse off/sell a million copies of a bestselling book one of my first movements will be to buy a house- or a castle! More achievable, perhaps, is to own most of my own property before I’m 30. I will probably have to get a mortgage, but just not renting would be an achievement.
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Organised Savings – by the time I’m 30 I would like to have separate savings accounts for the following categories:
- buying a house
This may seem excessive, but if you place savings into a hierarchy there is no reason for it to be overwhelming. For example, £10 a week could go into the house fund, £30 a month for travel and so on – designate which areas are most important for you and your future and invest in them.
That’s all for now, sorry if this post was a little dry! I find this kind of thing fascinating because I’m a forward-planner to the extreme and I like to set myself goals. If you have any financial goals of your own, feel free to let me know. Also I hugely encourage you to leave any tips for me! I know my goals are a little steep, but it’s great to have something to aim for.