If you’re like me, you probably began the year with at least some vaguely generic promise to yourself to “spend more/save less/finally put a dent in that credit card.” And that’s a good start, as far as it goes. But if you want to set yourself up for the best chance of success, make sure you’re making SMART and realistic money goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. Spend some time brainstorming what makes sense based on your individual goals and finances, but I found this list to be a great starting point.
–Eden Butler (Reston office)