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6 money tips from popular movie romances

Movie: ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

The story: A single woman living in London keeps a diary during a yearlong quest for love and self-improvement. From her career to her love life, Jones sets goals and plans — some ending in spectacular misfires. Failures at work are coupled with successes, and her emotional tug-of-war between the two men in her life eventually leads her in the right direction toward happiness.

The takeaway: Putting your goals — career and financial — in writing is the first step to realizing them. And a certain amount of self-forgiveness is healthy, too.

Writing down what you want from your money gives you concrete goals, and that makes it easier to see just how close or far you are from reaching them, says Barry Picker, CPA, Picker & Auerbach CPAs in New York.

Having targets written down lets you see your missteps while allowing you to get back on course. “If you don’t have a specific goal, it’s too easy to never get back on track,” Picker says.

Objectives make finding the balance between being spontaneous and reaching your goals a lot easier.

But remember, if you do detail your goals (for money, career or love) in writing, it’s a good idea to stash that where no one will find it.