One of my favorite suggestions for sticking to goals is to track your progress. That requires setting goals that are measurable but, more importantly, it keeps your goal top of mind and seeing your progress over time can be very motivating.
Anyone who knows me personally knows that I also am quite frugal. So, I wanted to share an awesome resource I came across that offers professional quality useful printables that you can download for free. Please note these are not affiliate links and this post is not sponsored in any way.
The examples shown in this blog are all real printables you can download for free from debtfreecharts.com courtesy of Heidi Ifland Nash at Debt Free Charts.
What’s the catch? Well there are some other really great printables available on the site that are not free. Also, you may receive a few emails after downloading a template asking you to provide a review of the free product. But I was able to check out and download the printables without having to enter any credit card info.
How does it work? All you need is a printer and something to fill in each incremental block. Heidi at Debt Free Charts does an awesome job including directions with each worksheet but, yes, some do require a little bit of math to figure out how much each square is “worth” depending on how much you plan to save or how much debt you are working to pay off.
After that, put your tracker where it’s easy to update and somewhere you’ll see it often. That could be on your refrigerator or next to your desk. Keep it front and center and your goal will remain front and center too.
Ready for my favorite bonus tip? Celebrate along the way. For example, maybe about half-way to your goal to save for a trip, you treat yourself to a restaurant with similar cuisine to where you’re traveling to. Have fun with it by giving yourself those rewards as you make progress.
Do you think you’ll give it a try? Let me know how it goes by dropping me a comment below, I’d love to hear how it works out for you.