This quarter I want to try something different. Sure, I set my annual goals back in December. Those goals are the big goals that I want to make sure I can accomplish over the course of twelve mounts and they are supposed to take time to complete (which they definitely are). However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of other short-term goals that I want to accomplish along the way. During the fourth quarter, I want to create some shorter term personal finance and life goals that I also want to complete over the next three months. Some are large and some are small. But all will have a meaningful impact if I can accomplish them.
Since our wedding, my wife and I have been talking about how excited we are for things to settle down. She is also in grad school, which is occupying a lot of her time, but she is in the homestretch and final semester. Why do I bring this up? Because there are a lot of great saving habits or routine that take time. When you are working full-time, planning a wedding, and in grad school like she is, time is at a premium. However, despite the busy schedule, the two of us have committed to trying to making saving routine in one aspect…..grocery shopping. In this article, I will walk you through why we want to establish a routine for saving on groceries and how we have been practicing this routine over the last several weeks.
This week, I learned a valuable investing lesson that caused me to miss a great opportunity in the market. Luckily, this lesson did not result in a realized loss like lessons in the past, so I can’t complain too much. However, I did miss a golden opportunity to capitalize on Mr. Market taking a crazy turn (even more so than a few months ago). What lesson did I learn and how will I apply it going forward?