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Tips From Millionaires: How To Get Rich Easily

Tips From Millionaires: How To Get Rich Easily

Payday should be a happy occasion, but it sometimes seems that the money is spent before it even hits the bank. Living paycheck to paycheck becomes the norm, and you can never get ahead because you have nothing left after the monthly “bill collectors” get their share. It may seem like it takes luck and the lottery to become rich, but a little knowledge can take you a long way. Take a few tips from a millionaire and watch your money grow.

Make a Budget and Financial Plan

If you want your money to grow, you have to start by developing a smart budget and financial plan. Keep a notebook or a journal detailing your plan and stick to it.   A budget and financial plan can only work if you are willing to take it seriously. Write down your income and then tally up all of your bills to see how much you will have to spend. More importantly make sure that you have enough money to sustain your household. If your bills are larger than your income, you need to make some adjustments.

Before you attempt to invest or funnel your money in other directions, you should always pay your monthly bills. Being in debt keeps you from reaching your full financial potential so cut out any unnecessary spending. Write down any goals that you would like to obtain such as paying off your credit card debt, paying off your student loans or investing in a money market account. With any leftover money make sure that you use it wisely. You can put extra towards paying off debts, or you can invest in an IRA or contribute to a 401K plan.

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Create Multiple Income Sources

Of course bringing in a steady income is important but when it comes to being a millionaire, bringing in multiple streams of income is even more important. Take on an extra part-time job to bring in a little extra. Side jobs such as grass cutting, car washing and even selling on eBay are additional ways to make money. With the way, the job market can sometimes dip it helps to have a backup plan. This tip is especially important if your full-time income is not enough to cover all of your monthly expenses.

Work for yourself. Take the time to start your own business. Start building your empire or brand.   You can start off small. Turn your favorite pastime or hobby into your side hustle. Sell cosmetics online or start your own clothing line out of your home.   Nothing is better than being your own boss. A majority of the people who are in the millionaires club work for themselves. 

Save, Save And Save Some More

When you are first starting off it can seem hard to save but as little as $25 or $50 per month can make a difference. You don’t have to put your money under your mattress to watch it grow. Put it in a savings account that accrues interest and let your money work for you. Build an emergency fund so if you are laid off work or have a family or household emergency you are covered.

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Find small ways to save money. Eat out less, downgrade your cable or tweak your grocery budget so that you can save more. Pay off your credit cards and any other debts so that you can save this money. You should aim to save as much of your income as you can. The more you save, the more you have to invest either back in your own business or in the market. Many millionaires started off small, but their ultimate goal became to save just as much if not more than they spent.

Make It A Rule To Live Below Your Means

Most rich people will probably tell you that one of the biggest mistakes that people make is living above their means. Expensive cars, clothes, jewelry and trips are nice, but they come at a price. Don’t allow your paycheck to control you; control the paycheck. Remember your financial goals and stick to them. Of course, this does not mean that you cannot have nice things, simply focus more on needs than wants.

Do your research and avoid mistakes during the car buying process to ensure that you make the best choice for your budget. You don’t have to get an expensive or flashy car simply because you can afford it. Maybe considering buying used instead of new which can save you even more money. The money you save can be put into savings and take you that much closer to your goal.

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If you are guilty of impulse shopping, avoid malls and boutiques and instead focus on wearing the clothes you have. Cash is king. Though, in an emergency, you may have to use a credit card, you should try to limit their use. If you know that you will not be able to pay it off within a few months, then do not charge it. Think about all the times you have declared in desperation, you have nothing to wear but yet have a walk in closet full of clothes. 

Talk To The Professionals

It is a common misconception that you have to be rich to talk to a financial planner. A financial planner helps you to make smart decisions with your money regardless of whether its one hundred dollars or one million. A financial planner can help to explain about portfolios and investments. They will use their expertise to help you make a decision not make it for you. It is still your job to be involved in the process and know exactly where your money is going. Millionaires often use financial planners to help them manage their money, but they are also often involved in the day-to-day affairs of their finances. So remember to follow the money.

Will you become a millionaire soon just because you follow these steps? No, you may not but you will be armed with all of the tips you need to develop your plan and get the ball rolling. The ball is in your court.

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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