💸 Money Cheat Sheet: Prioritizing Your Goals

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This week’s money mood: Your financial plan

Last week, we talked about the first component of financial wellness: your foundation, aka the building blocks that help you find or maintain financial stability.

The second component of financial wellness is your plan — the strategy you follow to help get you and your money where you want to go in life. It includes your budget (how you plan to use your money from day to day), and your roadmap (how all your money goals fit together to help you plan your future). Both of which are informed along the way, of course, by your core values.

Here are some resources to help you build a plan of your own.

You got this!

Deedi Brown, she/her
Senior Editor

 
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How to make a financial roadmap 🗺

Setting exciting money goals is easy — the tricky part is figuring out how to prioritize them against one another. Here’s how to turn those dreams into a roadmap.

START YOUR ROUTE >

 
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Need a how-to on budgeting?

We’ve got a workshop for that. Learn how to find room in your budget to pay off debt, save for emergencies, build that dream retirement — and the fun stuff (apple cider 🍩, anyone?).

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Goals, goals, all types of goals

Our investing platform is goal-based, which means you’re aiming to build up a set amount by a set date. Here’s a quick guide to all the pre-built goals you can use at Ellevest.

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“I upped my 401(k) contribution to 15%!” 💸👏

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How much should you be investing for retirement?

File this under: all the right questions. Here’s a benchmark number, but Sallie explains why the answer is really “it depends.”

WATCH IT >

 
 

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