Your Guide to Setting SMART Goals For Your Finances and More

Setting SMART goals for your finances.

It’s that time of the year where people start fresh and make new goals, many of those are financial. But are they smart goals?

Did you know that according to a 2007 survey by British psychologist Richard Wiseman, 88% of resolutions end in failure?

We tend to try to do too much with little willpower to achieve our resolutions.  We need systems to help us along.

SMART Goals is one such system.

One way we can help ourselves to success in our resolutions and goals is to make them S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

The following guide will walk you through SMART goals so you’re not one of those whose goals fizzle out by March (if not much earlier).

Everything You Need to Know About S.M.A.R.T. Goals

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What Do You Think of New Year’s Resolutions?

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This is the time of year where you come up with a list of resolutions for the New Year.

Some want to exercise more.  Others simply want to lose weight.  Some want to save more money, while others want to get out of debt.

What do you think of New Year’s resolutions?

I’m not sure what to think, to be honest.

On the one hand, I think it’s important to have goals.  A great goal that you follow through on give you guidance and something to aim your energies towards.

But I think setting a resolution or a goal just because the calendar changed is a bit odd.

Why not set goals throughout the year?

My Problem with Most Resolutions

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Groupon American Apparel National Deal – Double Your Money, December 2015

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You’ve heard me talk about Groupon before.

reviewed Groupon a while back.  They were the first big online deals site where you purchase a limited-time offer.  Many times, like for this deal, you get to double your money for purchases.

The truth is I don’t usually mention deals here on Free From Broke, but this deal is quite popular every year and Groupon is running it again this year.

I don’t want you to miss out.

Here’s today’s deal:

American Apparel – Groupon Deal

$20 for $40 worth of clothing and accessories from American Apparel Online and In-Store (you pick whether online or in-store).

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$40 for $80 worth of clothing and accessories from American Apparel Online and In-Store.

I like deals like this where you double your money!  It comes just in time for the holidays in case you’re looking the grab some last-minute gifts for friends.  Of course, you can treat yourself as well.

Groupon deals tend to be for local stores and activities but occasionally they roll out a national deal.  This particular deal is limited to one per person, for U.S. residents only.  You can buy an additional Groupon as a gift.
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Think Long Term When Shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday Sales

When you do your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping don’t just think of things for the upcoming holidays — think long-term!

Many sales are at their best on these days.  Black Friday kicks off the big end-of-the-year holiday shopping frenzy and lots of people use it as an opportunity to stock up on gifts for the coming season.

But you can also take advantage now and buy items for events and purposes throughout the year.  That’s right, you should think long-term when you plan out your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.

Many a time has passed where I thought I’d see an item on sale again but it ended up not being as good as the Black Friday or Cyber Monday price.  Damn!  Missed out.

Of course for this to work you have to have money in your budget to buy extra now for the rest of the year.  It’s silly to put great deals on credit if you are going to end up paying credit card interest later on.

If you think out it and plan well, buying now can save you money, and time, for the upcoming year.

Here Are Some Great Occasions to Shop for On Black Friday and Cyber Monday:

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10 Essential Tips For Shopping Black Friday And Cyber Monday That Will Save You Money

10 crucial tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Can you believe it’s November already?!?

Know what that means?  Yeah, seeing family and overeating on Thanksgiving.  There’s that, sure.

Know what else?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping deals!

These two days have turned into crazy whirlwinds of shopping and sales (actually the whole week is full of deals).  Do your homework and you can score some great deals that you might not find the rest of the year,

But if you aren’t careful these days can turn into a crazy hell that wastes your time and your money.

Here Are 10 Tips You Need to Read Before Shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday:

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7 Ways Your Finances are Scarier Than Zombies

7 ways your finances are scarier than zombies.

Thanks to the Walking Dead zombies are more popular than ever this Halloween.

You might even say they’re cool.

But do you know what’s scarier than zombies?  Facing yet another Halloween with your financial demons!

Here are 7 Ways Your Finances are Scarier Than Zombies…Read on…IF YOU DARE!!!

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Read These 12 Tips and Save on Halloween Costumes for Your Kids

How to save on Halloween costumes for the kids.

Halloween is great fun!  I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite holidays.

Here’s the one holiday where you are allowed to dress up and go around asking people for candy.  And they give it to you!

I remember how exciting it was going around town in my Halloween costume, getting candy from all of the neighbors.

Some years I would really score.

We’d go visit my grandparents in the Bronx (Co-Op City) and go up and down their apartment building visiting as many doors as I could (don’t worry, the grand’rents and the ‘rents made sure all the candy was good to eat).

And do you remember those old Halloween costumes?

You know the ones that came in a box and it was made up of a thin plastic mask with eye holes that hurt and the mask would be full of sweat before long (because it was a big piece of plastic covering your face) and it was held onto your head with an elastic string with a couple of staples that usually didn’t last the night and the body of the costume was a plastic sack-like piece you climbed into which also didn’t make it through the night?

Those were AWESOME!

I remember one year I was Chewbacca and another I was Yoda (I remember terrorizing my younger sister with those masks too.  I was such a stinker!).  I’m sure I was Superman and Batman as well.

I love being able to go through all that now through the eyes of my kids.

But have you seen the price of Halloween costumes these days?!?
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