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Poll results: What is Your 2014 Financial Goal?

Our informal poll results are in:

2014: What is your financial goal poll results

More than a quarter (27 percent) of respondents goal is to pay down credit card debt. That’s a biggie…the average household owes more than $7,000 on their cards, and 15 percent of us roll over more than $2,500 in credit card debt per month.

Twenty percent said the goal was to save for a milestone like college, a new baby or retirement. Did you know the average college graduate owes $35,000 in debt in 2013? Or that you’ll spend about $10,000 on a baby in the first year alone? Or that you’ll need eight times the amount of your ending salary to retire? Things to think about…

Only 13 percent are saving for a “big ticket item” like a house, car or much needed vacation.

This is the big one…almost half of you (40 percent) want to build your emergency savings.  You are in good company. Roughly 75 percent of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to no emergency savings, , according to a recent survey released by Bankrate.com.

Fifty percent of those surveyed have less than a three-month cushion and 27 percent had no savings at all. People…this is not good. All households should have at least three months of living expenses saved.

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POLL: What’s Your Financial Goal?

We all have goals. Career goals. Exercise goals. Home improvement goals. Get to bed at a “reasonable hour” goals.

We also have financial goals. Pay off one credit card. Cushion an emergency savings account. Save for something big…like retirement, a house…or an 84″ HD 3D TV complete with four pairs of 3D glasses. (Which costs $39,999 at Best Buy, in case you were wondering).

We want to know. What’s your financial goal this year? And if you say to purchase a $39,999 TV, well, you made need to revisit that goal.

New Year’s Resolutions Focus on Finances

The ball has dropped, the party hats worn, and the champagne bottle is empty. Bid farewell to 2013, and wave hello to 2014.

With the new year comes a fresh start. A new page. New resolutions.

According to a survey by GoBanking.com, saving money and paying down debt were the most popular financially related New Year’s resolutions. And according to a Dec. 30 Forbes post, the resolution to pay down debt has tripled since 2010.

Go Banking Top Financial Goals
What’s interesting is that when the responses are broken down by income level, both the lowest income bracket ($0-$24,000) and one of the highest ($100,000-$149,000) reported the highest response rate to both saving money and paying down debt.

This reveals that financial issues affect all income levels, and not just those on the lower end of the income ladder.

Saving Money
The 52 Week Money Challenge seems to be a popular and simple way to save money over a year. Each week, put away the designated amount of money. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
52 Week Challendge
Paying Down Debt
To jump-start your effort to pay down debt, try paying just $20 more on your credit card bills, loan payments or medical bills. You will be amazed at how fast this little bit adds up.

For example, if you owe $3,300 on a credit card at a 14.96% interest rate, it will take almost 20 YEARS to pay off the debt if you only pay the minimum balance. And it will cost you $7,600! That’s more than double the amount of the debt. By paying just $20 more than the minimum amount, you pay off that card in four and half years, plus you will save about $3,000 in interest fees.