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Are You Off Track?

by Don Current on April 27, 2010

Railroad Tracks

photo courtesy Jeffrey Pott

Have you ever heard someone say that their finances are off track? Maybe you’ve said it yourself. Is your spending off track? Is your retirement off track? How do you know? If you aren’t living on a budget, or if you don’t have a written plan for the future, how do you know if you’re off track? You’ve got to be following a track in the first place to be off it. So many people are just off randomly charging through the trees and brush with no idea where they are going.

Are you one of those people? If you don’t have a monthly spending plan, you can’t be off track because you aren’t following one in the first place. Before each month begins you should look at what money is going to be coming in and what money needs to be going out. Prioritize those expenses so that if you have too much month left at the end of your money, you’ll know what has to be pushed off or skipped. Make sure your top priority is giving to others. You should be giving a portion of your money to others to help establish the proper priority for money in your life. After that, you need to focus on the basics, shelter, food, basic transportation and clothing. Everything else has to come after that. Don’t let a credit card debt take priority of your house payment or putting food on your table.

You also need a plan for your future. Have you analyzed what kind of insurance you need to protect your family? Do you know how much money you’ll need to retire on? Do you know when you plan on retiring? If you haven’t looked at these things and actually created a plan, then you’re just shooting blindly into the night. Put together a plan, and then work the plan. Sure things may change, but that’s when you adjust, it doesn’t mean your plan has failed, you’ve just had a change of priorities.

So again, are you off track? If you don’t know then maybe it’s time you established a track to be on then you can decide if you’re on the right one or not.