We all know we can’t just do it alone 100% of the time, right?
theory is science says that when we engage others or some outside force regarding our financial situation, we are more likely to stick to our financial goals.
Here are a few quick tips to bring more accountability into your finances:
“Accountability breeds response-ability.” Stephen R. Covey
1. Couple with Your Spouse
Odds are, no one knows your financial situation better than your spouse. Ideally, at some point you should both have met to agree upon financial goals for your family.
Since you know each others shared goals and values, it’s easy to have discussions about your finances with those goals and values in mind.
Those are the conversations you should be having: “how is this helping us in our financial goals?”, “let’s get back in line with our values.”
If you’re having trouble finding accountability with your spouse as it relates to your finances, insist that you take a class like Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace together.
2. Enlist a Friend
If you don’t have a spouse, enlist the help of a close friend. Tell them your financial hopes and dreams. Tell them your actions steps to get there. Outline milestones in the process.
Then ask them to hold you accountable to your goals. Ask them to put it on their calendar and check in with you at each of the milestones. A good friend won’t mind doing this.
3. Pay for a Trusted Advisor
Contact a fee-only planner, or some type of financial coach or counselor. Set up weekly or monthly meetings with this person to review your financial situation.
Don’t be scared off by the idea of a planner being some really expensive thing. There are many planners who’s goal it is to work with folks just starting out or with fewer means.
4. Make Signposts
Put your financial goals on your fridge (hey, that’s where I spend a lot of time). Put them on your mirror in the bathroom. Put them in your wallet taped to your credit cards.
Sometimes all we need is our own daily reminder to help hold us accountable.
One of our big financial goals right now is paying off our mortgage. I found a cool mortgage payoff printable online that I could print off and post on my fridge.
This simple piece of paper serves as a reminder to my wife and I, and everyone that comes to our house, what our big goal is. I can’t wait to finish coloring in all the lines.
5. Surround Yourself with Like-minded People
– You know if you are hanging out with people who aren’t in line with the goals you are trying to achieve. Find and focus on relationships that naturally lead you towards a healthy financial future.
6. Make a Wager
Put some money on the line to move you closer to your financial goals. A site like Stikk.com will help to facilitate your wager.
7. Create Systematic Reminders
If people can’t motivate you, then maybe an automated system can. Create a budget, or sign up for a financial management service.
- Personal Capital helps me by reminding me of payments, balances, and goals.
- You Need a Budget is an excellent zero-based budgeting tool that many readers rave about.
- Download the Pay Off Debt app from the Apple or Android app stores.
What do you use to help hold you accountable to your financial goals?