Budget & Planning Tools
Like a lot of people, you might think you don't have the funds to start investing. But you do have options. Take a closer look and you'll uncover money you never knew you had.
The first step to figuring out how you want your money to work for you is thinking about how it fits into your life. So go ahead. Start now! Get some help figuring out your financial goals, and make your money work for you.
What you want, what you need and what you have
It's easy to get caught up in the idea of making money, and to forget about planning for your future. Why not take some time to get clear about your financial goals? This is a great place to start.
What you can do: Write down your personal financial goals and values. Talk about them with your partner or your family. Then assign corresponding dollar amounts - you might be surprised by what you see on paper. Next, take some time to calculate your net worth. This will give you an idea of where you are right now with your finances. How does this measure up with the financial goals you had identified? Chances are you have some work to do. From here, you will be able to decide where your attention and money needs to be focused in order to meet both your short- term and long- term goals.
Find out where your money comes from and where it goes.
Remember, this is just a tool to help you see where your money goes each month. Take it line by line and fill it in the best you can. Once you know where you are financially, it will be easier to look at where you want to be.