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6 Money Mindsets For A Healthy Financial Future

6 Money Mindsets For A Healthy Financial Future

Your mindset towards money can greatly impact whether you succeed or fail financially. What role do you see money playing in your life over the next few years? How will you balance investing, spending, and saving? The answers to important questions like these greatly depend on your mindset. In this article, you will find some tips that may help you refine your views on money and its role in your life. Below are 6 money mindsets that you can adopt in order to set yourself up for financial success.

1. Money Is A Tool, Not A Goal

Think of money as the vehicle that will take you to your financial destination. It can be tough to consistently save and sacrifice simply to have more money in the bank. But, when you formulate clear goals for your life, it will be easier to see how your savings can propel you toward those goals.

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What could you do with a couple more zeros in your bank account? You could be better prepared for an emergency or job loss. You could take that vacation you have been dreaming about. You could help a person in need without a second thought.

2. Experiences Trump Things

As you accumulate savings, increase your income, and decrease debt, you will find yourself with more and more disposable income to use any way you please. While it is okay to purchase a few “toys” every now and then, remember that experiences will ultimately bring you more pleasure than things.

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Use money to create memories and strengthen relationships with friends and loved ones. This will lead to a more satisfying financial future than simply gathering more possessions. Travel to a new country. Learn a different skill. Pick up a new instrument.

3. Think Long Term And Big Picture

What you do with your money today will have a huge impact on your life 5, 10, or even 50 years from now. What kind of life do you want to provide for your family? Do you think you will be interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the future? Is being debt-free important to you? How do you want to support yourself in your retirement years?

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Sometimes, we get so bogged down with the day-to-day financial transactions that it is hard to think about the financial future. Still, it is important to periodically check to make sure you are heading toward your long-term goals in addition to keeping the bills paid right now.

4. Investing Is For Everyone

Today, technology has made it possible for anyone to become an investor and put their money to work. Even if you are a beginner, there are plenty of resources available online to teach you the basics of investing. The key to successful investing is starting early. The earlier you begin, the more compounding interest will work in your favor. As you create your financial plan, be sure to consider how you can make money on your investments in addition to your salary.

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5. Money Must Be Actively Managed

Although there are many automated tools available to help us save, invest, and pay bills, you still want to take a hands-on approach to managing your money. You cannot “set it and forget it.” Check all your accounts regularly to make sure everything is working as planned. Did the utility bill go up a little this month? Are your automatic bill payments still being processed properly? Is there room in the budget to add a little more money to the savings account?

6. Money Ultimately Comes From Value Creation

Throughout your financial life, make sure you equate money and income with value creation. In order to earn more money, you need to constantly be searching for more ways to create value in the world. You can do this by taking on new responsibilities at work, finding a job that is more valued by the employer, or by starting a business that provides exceptional value to customers. Other ways you can create value include obtaining specialized certifications in your field, cross-training in different disciplines, and teaching and mentoring others. Each of these will not necessarily pay off in the short term, but over time these behaviors will certainly attract great opportunities to you.

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Published on November 20, 2018

The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

The truth is, there are many “money saving guides” online, but most don’t cover the root issue for not saving.

Once I’d discovered a few key factors that allowed me to save 10k in one year, I realized why most articles couldn’t help me. The problem is that even with the right strategies you can still fail to save money. You need to have the right systems in place and the right mindset.

In this guide, I’ll cover the best ways to save money — practical yet powerful steps you can take to start saving more. It won’t be easy but with hard work, I’m confident you’ll be able to save more money–even if you’re an impulsive spender.

Why Your Past Prevents You from Saving Money

Are you constantly thinking about your financial mistakes?

If so, these thoughts are holding you back from saving.

I get it, you wish you could go back in time to avoid your financial downfalls. But dwelling over your past will only rob you from your future. Instead, reflect on your mistakes and ask yourself what lessons you can learn from them.

It wasn’t easy for me to accept that I had accumulated thousands of dollars in credit card debt. Once I did, I started heading in the right direction. Embrace your past failures and use them as an opportunity to set new financial goals.

For example, after accepting that you’re thousands of dollars in debt create a plan to be debt free in a year or two. This way when you’ll be at peace even when you get negative thoughts about your finances. Now you can focus more time on saving and less on your past financial mistakes.

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How to Effortlessly Track Your Spending

Stop manually tracking your spending.

Leverage powerful analytic tools such as Personal Capital and these money management apps to do the work for you. This tool has worked for me and has kept me motivated to why I’m saving in the first place. Once you login to your Personal Capital dashboard, you’re able to view your net worth.

When I’d first signed up with Personal Capital, I had a negative net worth, but this motivated me to save more. With this tool, you can also view your spending patterns, expenses, and how much money you’re saving.

Use your net worth as your north star to saving more. Whenever you experience financial setbacks, view how far you’ve come along. Saving money is only half the battle, being consistent is the other half.

The Truth on Why You Keep Failing

Saving money isn’t sexy. If it was, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?

Some people are natural savers, but most are impulsive spenders. Instead of denying that you’re an impulsive spender, embrace it.

Don’t try to save 60 to 70% of your income if this means you’ll live a miserable life. Saving money isn’t a race but a marathon. You’re saving for retirement and for large purchases.

If you’re currently having a hard time saving, start spending more money on nice things. This may sound counterintuitive but hear me out. Wouldn’t it be better to save $200 each month for 12 months instead of $500 for 3 months?

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Most people run into trouble because they create budgets that set them up for failure. This system won’t work for those who are frugal, but chances are they don’t need help saving. This system is for those who can’t save money and need to be rewarded for their hard work.

Only because you’re buying nice things doesn’t mean that you’ll save less. Here are some rules you should have in place:

  1. Save more than 50% of your available money (after expenses)
  2. Only buy nice things after saving
  3. Automate your savings with automatic bank transfers

These are the same rules that helped me save thousands each year while buying the latest iPhone. Focus only on items that are important to you. Remember, you can afford anything but not everything.

How to Foolproof Yourself out of Debt

Personal finance is a game. On one end, you’re earning money; and on the to other, you’re saving. But what ends up counting in the end isn’t how much you earn but how much you save. Research shows that about 60% of Americans spend more than they save.[1]

So how can you separate yourself from the 60%?

By not accumulating more debt. This way you’ll have more money to save and avoid having more financial obligations. A great way to stop accumulating debt is using cash to pay for all your transactions.

This will be challenging, depending on how reliant you are with your credit card, but it’s worth the effort. Not only will you stop accruing debt, but you’ll also be more conscious with what you buy.

For example, you’ll think twice about purchasing a new $200 headphone despite having the cash to buy them. According to a poll conducted by The CreditCards.com, 5 out of 6 Americans are impulsive spenders.[2]

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Telling yourself that you’ll have the discipline to not buy things won’t cut it. This is equal to having junk food in your fridge while trying to eat healthy–it’s only a matter of time before you slip. By using cash to make your purchases, you’ll spend less and save more.

A Proven Formula to Skyrocket Your Savings

Having proven systems in place to help you save more is important, but they’re not the best way to save money.

You can search for dozens of ways to save money, but there’ll always be a limit. Instead of spending the majority of your effort saving, look for ways to increase your income. The truth is that once you have the right systems in place, saving is easy.

What’s challenging is earning more money. There are many routes you can take to achieve this. For example, you can work long and hard at your current job to earn a raise. But there’s one problem–you’re depending on someone else to give you a raise.

Your company will have to have the budget, and you’ll have to know how to toot your own horn to get this raise. This isn’t to say that earning a raise is impossible, but things are better when you’re in control right? That’s why building a side-hustle is the best way to increase your income.

Think of your side-hustle as a part-time job doing something you enjoy. You can sell items on eBay for a profit, or design websites for small businesses. Building a side-hustle will be on the hardest things you’ll do, be too stubborn to quit.

During the early stages, you won’t be making money and that’s okay. Since you already have a source of income, you won’t be dependent on your side-hustle to pay for your expenses. Depending on how much time you invest in your side-hustle, it can one day replace your current income.

Whatever route you take, focus more on earning and save as much as possible. You have more control than you give yourself credit for.

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Transform Yourself into a Saving Money Machine

Saving money isn’t complicated but it’s one of the hardest things you’ll do.

By learning from your mistakes and rewarding yourself after saving you’ll save more. What would you do with an extra $200 or $500 each month? To some, this is life-changing money that can improve the quality of their lives.

The truth is saving money is an art. Save too much and you’ll quit, but save too little and you’ll pay for the consequences in the future. Saving money takes effort and having the right systems in place.

Imagine if you’d started saving an extra $100 this next month? Or, saved $20K in one year? Although it’s hard to imagine, this can be your reality if you follow the principles covered in this guide.

Take a moment to brainstorm which goals you’d be able to reach if you had extra money each month. Use these goals as motivation to help you stay on track on your journey to saving more. If I was able to save thousands of dollars with little guidance, imagine what you’ll be able to do.

What are you waiting for? Go and start saving money, the sky is your limit.

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