Money & Budgets

Getting Your Finances Back on Track

12 essential questions to ask yourself to get your finances back on track.

a plant grows out of a jar filled with coins, symbolizing growing savings and getting finances on track
a plant grows out of a jar filled with coins, symbolizing growing savings and getting finances on track

Are you a spender or a saver? An impulse buyer, or a scrooge when it comes to spending? Develop self-awareness about your budgeting and spending habits by considering these points:

1. What are my long-term financial goals? Why are they important to me?

2. Which financial goals am I now meeting? Which ones are not being met?

3. What specific behaviors must I adopt in order to meet all my financial goals?

4. What are the benefits to my current spending habits? What are the drawbacks?

5. What do I like about gift giving? What do I dislike?

6. What am I most likely to buy on impulse?

7. What makes a purchase worthwhile? What makes a purchase wasteful?

8. What is my definition of “overspending”?

9. How do I differentiate luxury and necessity?

10. What did I learn about money growing up that I now think is true? False?

11. What rationalizations do I use to justify overspending?

12. What would have to happen for me to be able to stick to my budget?

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