So, for the third time we are going to plan/try to save $69,000, maybe 2014 will be the year we hit this number. Now that we have our 2014 total goal number, we have been working on planning.
Some goals are pretty easy to establish.
First, tax advantaged retirement savings. I will max out my 401k savings, $17,500, in 2014. We both will max our our non-deductible IRAs for 2014, so that is $5,500 each or $11,000. We will save $17,500 for Mr. Sam in 2014, that money will be after tax until he is eligible for his 401k in September. Then we will max out what he can contribute from 9/1/2014 until 12/31/2014 which Mr. Sam thinks will be about $12,000. So, the monthly savings we do for Mr. Sam's 401k between 1/1/2014 and 9/1/2014 will be used to supplement income for the last quarter when he is putting the bulk of his paycheck into his 401k. Then, the amount that is left over will be put into our trading account. While Mr. Sam will not be able to save as much in 401k savings, we will make sure to save at least the same amount in our non-tax advantaged trading account.
(1) Max out 401ks (goal is $35,000)
(2) Max out IRAs (goal is $11,000)
As for our IRAs, we have already saved $1800 towards our 2014 goal.
Second, other savings goals. I probably will maintain the monthly savings already set up which means we would put another $10,000 into our emergency savings in 2014. I like having money go towards e/r savings. With our various real estate properties, a health emergency fund makes me happy. For similar reasons, I probably will keep the $200 a month that goes towards our house account. With an old house, there are always repairs or projects (last year I imagined plantation shutters, but that project got put off). This year, we are also likely looking at a roof repair or roof improvement on our carriage house. Accordingly, I am putting $5,000 into roof project savings. If the roof project costs less, then we will put that money towards mortgage principal prepayment.
(3) Emergency account (goal is $10,000)
(4) Roof fund (goal is $5,000)
(5) House fund (goal is $3,000)
Third, Mr. Sam is going to need a replacement vehicle within the next couple of years. So, the last goal for 2014 is car replacement fund (goal is $5,000)
(6) Car replacement fund (goal is $5,000).
How about you, what are your financial plans and goals for 2014?