Developing your Personal Financial Plan

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Assignment 2: Developing Your Personal Financial Plan

In this assignment, you will:

  • Create a budget for a financial plan using Excel to ensure that the financial information is organized, accurate, and complete.
  • Identify a personal savings goal and a time frame for reaching that goal.
  • Explain your choice of housing option in the context of how it will help you achieve your selected financial goal.
  • Align expenditures to reflect your selected financial goal.
  • Reflect on how creating a step-by-step and organized approach to the assignment helped you to adjust your financial priorities and financial plan.

Creating a Personal Financial Plan

What to submit/deliverables: Two completed templates: Assignment 2 Financial Plan Explanation Word Template and Assignment 2 Financial Plan Budget Excel Template.

STEP 1:Review the following scenario for this assignment. Additionally, review the Assignment 2 Financial Plan Explanation Word Template and Assignment 2 Financial Plan Budget Excel Template.

Scenario: Imagine that you are in a position where you need to move—this could be because of a change in job, dissatisfaction with your current living arrangement, or something else entirely. Besides needing to find different housing, you also want to begin saving for a specific financial goal.

You will use the Assignment 2 Financial Plan Budget Excel Template to create your financial plan and budget table. You will use the Assignment 2 Financial Plan Explanation Word Template to answer the questions related to your financial goals and plan.

STEP 2: Think through the productivity strategies you have learned in your coursework and make a plan for how you will break down creating your financial plan into smaller steps to help you stay organized and be productive.

STEP 3: Identify an annual income as a starting point for your financial plan and insert the value in the budget table at the top of the Excel template as needed. Use an annual income value that you feel comfortable using for this assignment. You may use one of the following:

  • The sample annual income of $50,000 provided in the template
  • Your current annual income
  • The average/median income of a career field that you would like to be working in at some point in the future. Check out O*Net or CareerOneStop for more information on income for career fields you are interested in.

THE FINANCIAL PLANNING PROCESS

STEP 4: Identify a financial goal you would like to save towards – this can be a short-term (1-2 years) or long-term (3+ years) goal and determine how quickly you want to save for it (Question 2 in Template).

Select one of the following goals:

  • Create an emergency fund of $1000
  • Save up for a vacation that will cost $2000
  • Save up to buy a $15,000 vehicle
  • Save for a down payment of $40,000 to buy a house
  • Save $50,000 for education (personal, child, family, etc.)

STEP 5: For the goal selected, set a timeframe for reaching that goal (1 to 10 years is the recommended range). Explain why that time frame is realistic to achieve your goal.

Remember a good start to figuring out how much to save for your plan would be to divide your goal by the number of years you plan to be saving for it.

Put this number into the “Savings” cell of the budget table in the Assignment 2 Financial Plan Budget Excel Template.

STEP 6: Select a new housing option and fill in the cost in the Budget table. Choose one of the following

  • Rent a house for $15,000 per year
  • Rent an apartment for $12,000 per year
  • Rent a room only for $9,000 per year

STEP 7: Fill in the other dollar expenditures in the budget table of the Assignment 2 Financial Plan Budget Excel Template, according to your preferences. Use the entire $50,000 (or whatever value you used for your annual income).

STEP 8: Use formulas to calculate the sum for your “Total” cell of the “Dollars” column and to fill in the “Percent” column of the budget table.

STEP 9: In the Assignment 2 Financial Plan Explanation Word Template, identify the savings goal and the time frame you determined for reaching your goal. Why is the time frame you identified realistic?

STEP 10: Explain why you chose the housing option you did and how it will help you achieve your selected financial goal.

STEP 11: Explain your choices for non-rent expenditures and how they will help achieve your savings goal within the time frame. In other words, how do your expenditures align with the financial goal you selected?

STEP 12: Reflect on the productivity strategies you used to break down your financial plan into smaller steps to help you stay organized and productive. How closely did you follow the plan you thought through in Step 2 on these instructions? How did a step-by-step and organized approach help you to adjust your financial priorities and financial plan?

PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLAN EXAMPLE

Assignment 2 Financial Plan Explanation Word Template

While writing responses to the prompts below, you may need to refer back to the budget you created in the Assignment 2 Financial Plan Budget Excel Template. Make sure you have completed your budget before completing this portion of the assignment.

Questions

  1. Identify the savings goal and the time frame you determined for reaching your goal. Why is the time frame you identified realistic?
[Write your response to Question 1 here.]
  1. Explain why you chose the housing option you did and how it will help you achieve your selected financial goal.
  2. What considerations, if any, did you give to the following when selecting your housing option?
  3. Time frame for savings goal.
  4. Familial situation.

iii. Quality of life.

  1. Trade-off decisions.
  2. Other considerations.
[Write your response to Question 2 here.]
  1. Explain your choices for non-rent expenditures and how they will help achieve your savings goal within the time frame.
  2. How did you make the choices you did regarding non-rent expenditures?
  3. How do your expenditures align with the financial goal you selected?
[Write your response to Question 3 here.]
  1. Reflect on the productivity strategies you used to break down your financial plan into smaller steps to help you stay organized and productive.
  2. How closely did you follow the plan you thought through earlier in the assignment instructions?
  3. How did a step-by-step and organized approach help you to adjust your financial priorities and financial plan?
  4. How did the approach you use draw upon productivity strategies that you had previously learned?
[Write your response to Question 4 here.]

Ten Steps to Creating a Solid Financial Plan For Yourself

Assignment 2

Assignment 2 Financial Plan Budget Excel Template

Budget
Dollars Percent
Income $ 50,000
Expenditures
Housing
Food
Transportation
Education
Utilities
Taxes
Health Care
Family Care
Miscellaneous
Savings
Total

Assignment 2 Instructions for Excel Sheet:

1. Identify an annual income. This can be the $50,000 already in the “Income” cell, or you can use an income of your choice. If you use a different annual income, remember to change your income number.

2. Choose one of these five financial goals (remember to set a timeline for yourself that ranges from 1 year to 10 years). The number you put in the “Savings” cell of the budget table should be the cost of the goal you are saving for divided by the number of years you plan to be saving for it. a. Create an emergency fund of $1,000. b. Save for a vacation that will cost $2,000. c. Save to buy a $15,000 vehicle. d. Save for a down payment of $40,000 to buy a house. e. Save $50,000 for education (personal, child, family, etc.).

3. Choose one of these three housing options. Put the dollar number in the budget table above for “Housing.” a. Rent a house. Cost is $15,000 per year. b. Rent an apartment. Cost is $12,000 per year. c. Rent a room only. Cost is $9,000 per year.

4. Fill in dollar values for the rest of your expenditures. This can be based on either a hypothetical ideal or what you might typically spend on these categories.

5. Use formulas to calculate the sum for your “Total” cell in the “Dollars” column and to fill in the “Percent” column.

6. Check to make sure your “Total” dollars is equal to the annual income you chose and that your “Total” percent is 100%.

End of worksheet

 

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