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How to Jumpstart Your Financial Goals in 2023

Each new year brings with it the whisper of promise, opportunity, and best of all: a fresh start. You might be one who loves making (and keeping) New Year’s resolutions every year . . . or you might be one to avoid it at all costs. No matter how you feel about New Year’s resolutions (like flossing every day or losing 50 pounds), thinking about what you want to do differently in the year ahead is always good practice–especially when it comes to your finances. That’s right, it’s time to start making your financial resolutions for 2023.

2023 Financial Resolutions

According to a new study by The Ascent, 66% of Americans are planning on making 2023 financial resolutions.1  You might think that number would make up the Gen X population, but you might be surprised to find out that 73% of millennials and 61% of baby boomers plan on making financial resolutions this year.2 And over 50% of those financial resolutions will be focused on paying off debt.3

It seems that making New Year’s financial resolutions are becoming more of a trend this year, especially as inflation hits our wallets. You might be tempted to think that inflation is a good reason to not make financial resolutions. But it’s just the opposite. With prices of food, gas, and pretty much everything going up, it may be a good time to take a close look at your money habits.

Four Financial Resolutions to Get You On Track in 2023

Now that you know financial resolutions seem to be things to consider, you might be wondering what a financial resolution looks like. Here’s a list of our top four ideas for creating your own New Year’s financial resolutions. But remember, these aren’t the kind of resolutions you should set and forget. In order to make and keep your financial resolutions, you’ve got to be intentional. Check in on them daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly. And if you need help, your financial advisor would be a valuable resource to help you reach your goals.

1. Pay off outstanding debt.

Like we said earlier, 53% of Americans are making a goal to pay off debt this year.4 If you’ve got a pile of debt laying around, it may make sense to start making a plan to pay this debt off! You can use debt payoff methods like the debt snowball, debt avalanche, or just throwing any extra money you have toward your debt with the highest interest rate. It may seem daunting, but the relief you’ll feel when it’s completely gone is worth the effort.

2. Stick to a budget.

The best way to keep track of your finances in the new year (and stick to them) is by creating a monthly budget. When you plan out where your money is going every single month, you’ll be surprised at how organized your finances can be. And if you’re not sure how to get started, start with a zero-based budget, a 50-20-10 budget, or by keeping track of your income and expenses in a spreadsheet. But here’s the kicker: You have to stay on top of it. If you don’t track your spending through the month, there’s a chance you’ll overspend and forget about your goals altogether.

3. Invest for the future. 

This is a big one. Life never stops and the revolving door of our wallet doesn’t either. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead for your future . . . right now. Dependent on your individual situation, there are numerous investment vehicles that are designed to help you get your money where you want it to be when you’re ready to retire. And if you’re already investing, maybe it’s time to invest a little more of your income each month. Remember, you don’t have to do it alone. Invite a SageSpring advisor to be on your financial team and we’ll help you design a plan to get to where you want to go.

4. Save.

Do you have a rainy-day fund? If not, it’s time to start one in 2023. Life is unexpected and comes with financial surprises at every turn. If you’re not prepared, you may find yourself in a difficult financial situation. This is where that rainy day (or emergency fund) comes into play. Making a goal to save three to six months of expenses—or more—will be a nice pillow the next time you need a new set of tires. You can also explore various higher interest-earning accounts that can pay what may be a favorable interest rate on your money you are saving.

Ready to get started on your financial resolutions for 2023? We can help. Schedule a call with a SageSpring wealth advisor today and let them help you reach your goals next year.

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Jeffrey Dobyns
Jeffrey T. Dobyns


President, SageSpring | Financial Advisor, RJFS 

Jeffrey T. Dobyns

President, SageSpring | Financial Advisor, RJFS

Jeff Dobyns is President and Founder of SageSpring Wealth Partners. Passionate about serving his clients, he strives to truly get to know them, understand their goals, and provide them with financial confidence before developing and executing ongoing, strategic financial plans. 

In order to meet the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the industry, Jeff is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, a Chartered Life Underwriter, a Chartered Financial Consultant, and a participant of the Dave Ramsey SmartVestor referral service program.

Jeff has held executive positions with financial planning firms for more than two decades. He served as VP of Investments of Lykins Financial Group CPAs before founding SageSpring in 2002. Jeff has been recognized for his unwavering commitment to his clients, and as a leader among Raymond James financial advisors, earning membership in Raymond James Chairman’s Council every year since 2008.

Jeff devotes considerable time and resources to a number of causes. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Men of Valor, a prison ministry and mentoring program. He is on the advisory board of The Signatry of Middle Tennessee, which works with families to increase their charitable giving to their favorite causes, as well as the advisory board for Halftime Institute of Nashville, an organization that coaches marketplace leaders to discern and engage in their life purpose. Jeff also serves on the board of Send Musicians to Prison, which shares hope, healing and restoration with the imprisoned through musicians & artists. He is a past board member of Porter’s Call, a Nashville charity that provides free counseling for musicians and their families, and the Martha O’Bryan Center, which empowers those in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment, and fellowship.

Jeff and his wife, Amy, are grateful to be raising their four children, Gracyn, Hunter, and twins Tanner and Logan at Christ Presbyterian Academy. Jeff enjoys being outdoors with his family- boating, hiking, skiing, hunting and fishing.

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