“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” ― Dorothy Parker
Do you regret not earning truckloads of money that could buy you the luxury life you’ve always wanted? I’ve seen people become depressed because of their poor finances. Many teenagers miss out early in life just because their parents cannot afford the latest gadgets their rich friends can afford.
However, money is not everything. Money might buy you things that make you feel happy, but happiness from within is what money can’t afford.
I have a lot of friends who have very little money to spare, yet live a rich life. Their lifestyle, their personal satisfaction, and their acceptance of themselves are what makes them seem rich. Non-monetary things can also make you happy – and believe me, they will be your biggest asset in the long run.Advertising
Here are a few ways you can live a rich life without lots of money.
1. Learn to accept yourself
It can be hard for you to understand that money should be not a top priority. You can become rich in an instant and then lose it all the next day. You need to replace your personal desires with acceptance and learn to stay happy with what you have right now.
Seek inner peace and learn to control the uncontrollable in life. If you find yourself obsessing over things you want but don’t have, take a paper and write down that it’s okay to not have those things.
2. Become creative
You need to become creative to manage your personal finances and remain happy even if you don’t have much. If you are rich, you buy. If you are not rich, you create. Yes, not having much money can help you be creative.Advertising
Learn to find happiness in small things. Draw a picture, take a photo, and invent something that keeps you at peace. Happiness is within you.
3. Stay authentic
You need to stay true to yourself in order to live a rich life. When you find inner peace and do things you love, you are reflecting your inner-self. There is no greater wealth than understanding what you are meant to do in life.
Regardless of your financial situation, try to believe in yourself so that you can stay happy, enjoy the small things in life, and keep yourself motivated.
4. Do what you love
Making tons of money is what most people might call being rich. However, if the person is not happy with their job, he probably considers himself the poorest person on earth.Advertising
Floyd Mayweather’s net worth would not have been $700 million today had he not been a boxer. Similarly, Bill Gates would not have been the richest man on earth if there was no Microsoft. People who pursue what they love have always prospered more than people who work out of compulsion. The more you start doing what you love, the more money will continue to flow into your life. Even if it does not, you still get to stay happy as you grow rich within yourself.
5. Stay gentle
Gentleness was considered one of the greatest virtues by a philosopher named Confucius. When you are humble, you develop an ability to sense your environment and work accordingly.
For example, look at people like Buddha and Gandhi and compare how lived their lives. They were gentle, realized the value of their lives, and always stayed strong in their thoughts. Buddha left materialistic prosperity to live the life of monk and find the richness within himself. Gandhi belonged to a poor family, and despite leading one of the largest revolutions in the world, always stayed gentle.
Try to be soft and smile to make others smile. If you succeed in making other people happy, then you are truly rich.Advertising
6. Become generous
Giving money is not the only act of kindness. In fact, I would not call it being generous at all. Generosity is what comes from within. When you give someone something from your heart you feel happy, and that feeling is what makes you feel rich. You also need to realize that sharing what you have, without even thinking of what amount you have, is what an act of kindness means.
Also, provide undivided attention to people who need help from you. Nothing is more generous than giving all you have and making others feel good.
7. Build relationships
The real wealth that you build and will be remembered through your relationships. People need to value their relationships more than anything else. Seek to make emotional connections with your family, your friends, your partner, and people that you meet regularly.
“Matters of the heart are important to me. All this materialism and all the money and wealth are things that you don’t take to the grave. One day you have it. The next day you don’t.” — Shari Arison
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Last Updated on March 4, 2019
How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt
Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.
I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.
Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.
Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.
Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources
Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.
I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.
I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.
If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.
Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month
The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.
Using Credit Cards with Rewards
Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.
You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.
I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.
So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.
What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.
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