Save money. It’s easy right? I mean I am sure all of us have six months of income set aside for an “emergency fund”.
Oh, you don’t?
I suspect that not too many folks do.
Well why not? Well you, like many others, may have too much debt, too little income or a combination of the two.
How much money do you have in your bank account right now? Are your bills all paid and up to date?
How much consumer debt do you have?
How much do you earn each month? (A lot of people don’t know)
How much do you spend each and every month?(75% of people underestimate their monthly spending)
These are just a few of the questions you could ask yourself to help you gain a clearer understanding of your financial situation.
I am not a money expert. I am not a financial planner. I have however educated myself on my own income and spending habits. I make a certain amount of money each month and I do not spend more than I make. It did take me a while to get to this point.
I was just like a lot of people out there. I was unhappy with myself as a person and unhappy with my life. So to try and make myself happy I wanted to spend money. Go on trips, buy cars, new clothes, etc, etc.
Anyone else out there like this??
Well the amazing thing is that spending money really never made me happy. I was still the same person on the inside. I still had the same problems with my relationships. The other thing is I would now have more stuff to try and find a place for!!
We live in a society that puts money and possessions on a pedestal. The more stuff you have, the bigger house you live in, the more successful you must be, right? This is the common perception. We want to climb the social ladder and be perceived as successful in the eyes of our peers. And we are conditioned from birth to spend. Advertising is everywhere.
I sometimes think that even on a deserted island they would get to you, always coming up with some new product that you must have today.
No wonder it is so hard to save money. You really do have to be disciplined.
The way of society is so powerful. Even the school system fails us here. How much real money management are we taught in school. Yes we learn some basic stuff. But what about the real nuts and bolts about having a mortgage and credit cards and interest. How about just spending less than you make.
Not much attention is given to this.
Shakespeare is given more attention than basic life skills!(Hey I like Shakespeare!)
And when students head off to university they are encouraged to get a credit card. The race is now on. We do not understand the credit card or the interest on that card, but we can go and buy…whatever. And once we enter that race it becomes harder and harder to exit. Before we know it debt has been accumulated, bills have not been paid, we are living beyond our means and we are miserable.
They say that the number one cause of divorce is money. I believe it. There are eliminate debt type of shows on television that show this clearly. Some of these shows involve people who are planning for their wedding! They will be in 15000-30000$ in debt from their wedding! Good luck with that marriage.
Tips To Save Money
Get rid of your credit card AND debit cards. They are just too convenient for getting us into trouble financially.
Go into your bank and get your weekly budget in cash. Put this cash in jars with labels. So much for gas, so much for food, for clothing. These are your variable expenses. You cannot spend more than the weekly allowance.
Take extra money that you are now not spending and pay off your credit cards and other debt. Highest interest debt gets paid first. You have to start somewhere. You will feel better when you do this and you know it.
Still keep track of every expenditure to make sure you understand where your money is going.
Try to come up with other ways to make some extra money. Work some overtime. If you have a special skill, use it. DJ a wedding, mow some lawns, etc. Use this to pay down your debt.
Sell stuff you no longer need. Have a yard sale, list the stuff on Craigslist or Ebay.
Cancel magazine subscriptions and premium cable services(or cable altogether!)
Just stop spending. No more toys, fancy clothes, new shoes or purses, or the latest phone or electronic gadget. Trust me, you just don’t need it!
It may not seem easy at first but after just a week of living on cash only and sticking to a budget, most people find that it is not that bad.
If you are serious about getting out of debt, stopping the spending and saving money, you will do what is needed.
If anyone has any tips to save money please share in the comments. Thanks.
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