Monday, December 31, 2007

New Years Resolutions - 2008

I'm actually not one for New Year's resolution. I'm much more the type to just start something whenever the mood hits me rather than wait for a specific point in the year to take on a new challenge. However, since I have this blog up, I've decided that it would be good to lay out some financial resolutions for myself and see how it stacks up at the end of the year. So my financial goals for 2008:

  1. Double my $20,000 - Obvious but worth mentioning.

  2. Develop another source of Income - Right now I have two. I have my job and I have my investments. I really would like to have at least three if not four. It would be great if I could get this blog to make money. But if not that, I really want to at least come up with an idea on how to get my income to go up. I could probably save myself to being rich, but it will be a much easier journey to get there with another income.

  3. Watch my basket more carefully - Warren Buffet advises that you put your eggs in one basket and then watch the basket very carefully. That is something I got away from in my investments this year with all the other things going on in my life. I need to be more choosy in picking stocks for my long-term portfolio, and watching that basket like crazy. I made a big mistake with ETrade, and should have gotten out much earlier. I paid the price for it.

  4. Spend more money - OK. I know, this is usually the exact opposite of what most people try to do. Problem is, I'm not most people. I suffer from the exact opposite problem that most people do. I save way too much. I probably save about 60% of my net take home pay in one form or another.

That's it for now. They are actually pretty big goals. #4 may seem easy to some, but it has proven very difficult for me in the past. I even started a "spending" plan about two years ago, and it didn't work. I couldn't make it stick. Odd huh?

What are you New years resolutions?


  1. "I really want to at least come u with an idea on how to get my income to go up"


    "Spend more money"
    sounds fun! buy cookies :D

  2. Ok, so my New Year's resolution turned out to be, because of a rather strange combination of circumstances, "To Squeeze At Least 30% More Orange Juice."


  3. My resolution is to spend LESS money on shoes. I wish I had your resolution!