Jan 072013

New year, new challenges. I will do my best to tackle the six financial goals listed below which are similar in nature to last year’s goals. I’ve also included 2 additional stretch goals. These stretch goals will be super challenging so I don’t except to achieve them but it would be a real bonus if I did :0)

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
~Bruce Lee

1) Increase net worth by $50,000. Counting on my savings as well as my nearly half a million dollars worth of investments to appreciate 😀
2) Make at least $6,000 more income than last year. Thanks to my new rental income from the farm this one should be pretty doable.
3) Put $5,000 into my retirement account.
4) Put $5,500 into my TFSA. (Roth IRA equivalent in Canada)
5) Put at least $18,000 towards other investments (net of taking on any new debt)
6) Bring the total value of my non-registered accounts to $100,000. Currently my TFSA, cash trading account, and margin account, has a combined value of $68,700. So I’ll need to grow these accounts by $31,300 this year 😉

Stretch Goals
1) Pay down at least $1,000 of my debt.  Adding together the balance on my line of credit, a margin loan, and everything else, my total debt is $357,200. It’s not a lot, and interest rates are still low, so I’m not really concerned about it, but I noticed other personal finance bloggers making it a goal and a priority to pay down their debts this year. So I’m going to try and do the same because maybe that’s the smart thing to do. $1,000 is a lot of money though and I don’t know if I have that kind of discipline, so I’m making this a stretch goal, but hopefully I can get myself to only $356,200 of debt by the end of the year.
2) Make $90,000 of pre-tax income. I’m in a race with this other personal finance blogger to see who can make $100,000 dollars a year first. For 2013 she set a goal to make $90,000 so I’m going to follow suit and do the same :0)

Random Useless Fact:  Auto correct has made it easier to text. But it doesn’t always work the way you expect it to, and that can lead to some unexpected results.