From a fun vacation to owning your own business, there are many things that you have dreamt about achieving. However, there is one problem – who is going to pay for them?
The tough part is that even if you try a foolproof saving plan, you will not be able to make these dreams come true in a year. Whether you want to get enough funds to launch your restaurant, go abroad or buy a boat, the only financing options that you may see can include borrowing a loan or investing in stocks. However, you might not see a happy ending when you try.
While loans can become heavy to pay for afterward, the amount invested in stocks will not guarantee you a profit as soon as you buy them. You will have to wait for years and even fail multiple times if the company loses stock value.
One thing is for sure – having even the most luxurious dreams can motivate a person to work harder into saving and earning money. Nevertheless, you don’t always have to save up or wait long years to be able to achieve your goals.
In fact, there are many ways to afford your dream life without going broke.
Review the previous year’s spending
When it comes to saving money, the main problem with most individuals is that they often don’t care about their lack of funds when they go shopping. They might instantly decrease their finances by purchasing something that they felt like they needed. However, after purchasing they realized they had no use for it.
If you are serious about achieving your dream goals, now is the time to reflect on your last year’s spending. Many apps can digitally keep track of your spending and savings every month. It’s simple, every time you spend money, note it down on an app and see the amount at the end of every month. You can use this to review what unnecessary items you have spent on. This can help you to not buy them the next time.
In addition, these apps can also record any of your unexpected expenses and how you dealt with them.
Calculate all of the future expenses
The next step is to determine how much you will spend in the next few months on essentials and loans if you have any. Once that is done, you can start counting how much money you can set aside every month for your dream goal.
Assuming you save up about $100 at the end of each month, you can expect $1200 by the end of the year as total money saved.
Moreover, if you decide to be jobless for the next year, you will have to create a plan to lift all the expenses.
You can do it by calculating the following:
Expenses for living
This can include a house rent or mortgage and essentials that you will have to pay without a job. Calculate the minimum expenses for each month.
Expenses for business
If you plan to open up an office, restaurant or store, you can calculate the total monthly expenses. You can even take help from insurance.
Expenses for a start-up
If you decide to open a restaurant, you will need to calculate how much kitchen utensils, electricity bill, water bill, sanitation, and food costs will be.
Add the expenses above, then multiply them by 12. This should be your minimum expenses for the next year. Once you have calculated the total minimum amount, it is time to decide how you plan to fund these expenses.
A loan can be one of the quickest and most difficult types of funds you may get. While a loan can be easily received, depending on your profiling, you may have some problems in giving it back. Especially if the amount is too big. However, don’t let that stop you. If you make an efficient plan to return the money once your goal is finished, you will most likely not have any trouble in returning the borrowed amount.
If you have a good business plan in motion, then you can pay all the loan back once your business takes off. Keep in mind that it may not be ideal to borrow a loan at the initial stages of the business.
To determine how much you will succeed in your money-saving and generating journey, you might want to start planning how your monthly expenses will be from the beginning. Once you measure the progress, you will be motivated to see the plan succeed until the end.
Dreams are powerful motivators, especially when they are long term investments that will reward you later. This is why it is good to plan carefully and step-by-step.